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Late in the day on Sept. 29, two young women entered the water underneath the Pleasure Pier. It was a rough day with red flag warnings and rip current advisories, and the beach was crowded with thousands of swimmers in the water.

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Teal waters playfully wink at a cloudless sky behind the young man. He’s standing at the rear of a small white fishing boat, and his arms spread like the frigates gliding in ocean breezes above our heads. His dark hair is shaved close on the sides with a dozen long, blonde-tipped woven ends …

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Dropping off the seawall heading west on FM 3005, I spotted a man lying in the middle of the road. Two other guys were attempting to help him up and pull him to the side. There were a couple of cars parked all crazy on the side of the road.

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Recently, I found myself down a rabbit hole of 1980s music videos. Most bands featured I remembered as clearly as yesterday, complete with the outrageous fashions the world may rightly never let see the light of day again. And dang, was that ever a fun way to burn a half hour.

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As the rookie lifeguard ran out into the water, she felt good at first. She lifted her legs up high just as the instructor told her. When she got to thigh deep water, she started “dolphin diving” by pushing off the bottom and doing shallow surface dives, propelling herself into deeper water …

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Labor Day weekend was interesting. We couldn’t have asked for better conditions, with sunny skies, blue/green water that was pretty flat all but Monday, and almost no seaweed, jellyfish or sea lice.