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August 14, 2006

Moonrise Over Fire Island

Filed under: Fire Island,Sand, Sea & Sky by Bill @ 10:15 pm

A moon rising
One of the great things about Long Island is its magnificent coast—literally hundreds of miles of it. No matter where you happen to be, you’re only a few minutes drive from the water’s edge.

If you happen to be there at sunset, there’s nothing more beautiful. If you miss the sunset you might catch a moonrise, which occurs at sunset or just after when the moon is full.

A few nights ago I was at the East Islip marina. I had wanted to do some sailing under the full moon, but it was just a little too windy for me.

Instead of taking my boat out, I took pictures of the moon rising over Fire Island. From my vantage point at the west end of the marina the moon appeared to rise over Sunken Forest. You can see a light or two at Heckscher state park to the left.

The moonrise was a beautiful sight. My picture does not do it justice.

I use Picasa, the free photo software from Google to organize and “fix” my pictures. I used it on this moonrise picture to brighten the image somewhat and straighten the horizon.

Photo Specs:

Canon PowerShot A510
ASA 50
1S f5.5
23mm (35mm equiv: 147mm)

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August 13, 2006

One Ocean View – Cancelled!

Filed under: Fire Island,Rant by Bill @ 10:14 pm

Yes! This is what I had hoped for.

ABC canceled One Ocean View last week due to lack of interest.

My concern all along had been for the welfare of Fire Island. Myself and many others worried that One Ocean View would bring the wrong kind of attention to the Island and possibly create a huge invasion of tourists.

I don’t think we have to worry about that any longer. Apparently, everyone who watched One Ocean View either hated it, or was bored to tears.

The number of viewers dropped by almost 22% to 2.82 million for the second episode prompting ABC to leave remaining episodes unscheduled.

So what did we miss in the canceled episodes? Not much. Here’s a summary gleaned from some ABC press releases:

  • Heather fights with John because he won’t hold her hand in public.
  • After a great night in bed Anelka takes Usman on a date. Usman attempts to assert his dominance by ordering her dinner for her.
  • Heather and John makeup.
  • Heather and John fight again when she accuses him of avoiding her.
  • John and Usman drop their current interests when two new girls, Lallie and Carisa show up at One Ocean View.
  • John is so interested in Carisa that Heather freaks out and cuts her weekend short.
  • Usman and Mary fight when Usman reports seeing Mary’s new boyfriend kissing another women.

As I said, we didn’t miss much.

August 8, 2006

One Ocean View – Episode 2. Can it get any worse?

Filed under: Fire Island,Rant by Bill @ 10:12 pm

In my previous post on this topic I worried about One Ocean View ruining Fire Island. After watching the first two episodes I don’t think that’s possible.

One Ocean View is so bad I don’t think anyone is wasting their time watching it. The only interesting thing about this show (from a man’s perspective anyway) are the bikini shots.

But that’s not enough to keep me watching. Nor am I interested in the messed up dynamics of the housemates, Lauren and Zack in particular.

The two of them need a good kick in the @ss. Lauren for manipulating and emasculating Zack, and Zack for allowing it because he doesn’t want to hurt her. Come on!

Usman, on the other hand, is shaping up to be a halfway decent guy. Conceited, yes, but not nearly as self centered as he seemed in the first episode. I think, as One Ocean View plays out, he’ll be the one cast member who keeps his head together when everyone else is losing theirs.

Anelka, a recent addition to the One Ocean View zoo, slept with Usman the first night of her stay. She’s on the bottom of my list along with Lauren the manipulator. Not that Anelka has done anything particularly wrong; I just don’t like her attitude towards romance, relationships and sex.

I’m warming up to the twins, Miki and Radha. They’re cuter than cute, educated and successful, I luv the way they toss a soccer ball around. I could watch them play all day long. So far they’ve kept their act pretty clean on Once Ocean View and I’m hoping they keep it that way.

My personal favorite resident is Mary, a handbag designer. Mary is not overly/artificially attractive and from what I’ve seen so far appears sincere and wholesome. If I was on One Ocean View she’d be my first pick for a summer romance.

I wont pass judgment on the rest of the cast until I’ve seen more of them, although I can tell Heather, the playboy model, will be on my sh!t list real soon.

So why do I watch this show? I’m only watching One Ocean View because it was filmed on Fire Island and I’m concerned about the impact it might have on this beautiful Long Island treasure.

I hate reality TV and unless ABC decides to film another season, this will be the last reality show I watch.

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