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Old 07-08-2013, 02:43 AM
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A Day at the Beach with the SDMB

Pick your own beach for all this to happen at.

The parking lot is up close near the beach. Dopers are coming from all over, ready for a day of swimming, surfing, or just lying there in the sun. There are swings and slides nearby.

Dougie_monty is one of the earliest arrivals. He has built a snowman--or rather a sandman, on the wet flats just past the water. It has "CHORDETTES" inscribed across the chest and "ARCHIE BLEYER" inscribed below. He lies on a folding chair, sipping lemonade.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:37 PM
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Ah, it's a perfect, sunny, almost but not quite breezeless day. A day where the temperature is perfect for lying in the shade all day, or swimming in the sun in the cool, pristine water. Thanks, dougie; I needed a day at the beach. It's grey and raining here today.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:39 PM
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I'll be over at the concessions stand, buying Madame Pepperwinkle a hot dog and soda.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:41 PM
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I'll be the one swimming out past everyone else, getting there then realizing how much further out I am than the rest, then freaking out when a piece of seaweed brushes against my leg and I frantically swim back to where I can stand again.
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:16 PM
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I'll be sitting in my lawn chair, cooler next to me with Gatorade and peanut butter crackers inside. A plastic grocery bag for shells fwap fwap fwapping in the wind. I bring a book but don't read; the waves are mesmerizing.
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:21 PM
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I'll be zipping by on my Kawasaki PWC at a safe distance from shore, and offering rides to any Doper. Underage children need their parents' permission, of course, and everyone (except me) has to wear a life jacket.

There are squeals of delight.

In the evening we have a beach fire and I play the blues on my harmonica.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:31 PM
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Throughout the day dougie_monty has watched the events of the day; some surfing and swimming; some of the female Dopers appear in fetching swimsuits, including young mothers with cute-as-can-be little kids. At one point he plays a cassette player with "Margaritaville," "Blue Bayou" and "Temma Harbour" and other appropriate songs on it, delighting others. He sips lemonade and offers small ham sandwiches and slices of avocado.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:46 PM
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Seems like a good idea to join ya'll!

Got my spot.
Hmm...I think that is the smell of a dead seal nearby.
Wind is picking up...damn, sand in my drink and food and on my blanket.
Oh well..relax in the sun...wait...who brings a boom-box to the beach these days?!
Great...and he is blaring Rap music.
Why is the water suddenly receding hundreds of feet and people are suddenly dashing off in the other direction?


Two days later.

Well, the tsunami could have been worse. The broken bones should heal relatively quickly, as well as the sunburn. I lost my wallet in the mad dash to the upper ground and have to get a new driver's license, credit card and insurance cards, but that should only take a few weeks.

Thanks guys! Always fun to go to the beach. Let me know when you wanna rock climb in January.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:50 PM
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Shodan wanders thru with Leet the Wonder Dog in tow. Leet is fascinated by the people playing Frisbee and wants desperately to participate. Or run over and beg for scraps from those with food. Or all of them at once!

But alas, he is on leash and pulling is Not Allowed. Besides, he had better stay close to Shodan, because he has learned on the Fourth of July that sometimes, fireworks happen and are real scary.

On the other hand, we can safely wander in the ocean up to our tummies, which is pleasantly cool and fun.

OOH - A BIRD!!!

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Old 07-08-2013, 03:53 PM
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Who wants to come with me on a walk through the dunes? I'll show some dune plants to anyone interested. I'll need someone to point out birds, though, I'm crappy with birds. And Shodan just saw a bird. Anyone know what brand?

Also, I'll point out which kinds of seaweed can be nibbled.

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Old 07-08-2013, 04:22 PM
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Public service announcement: Don't forget to do the stingray shuffle!
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:36 PM
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DMark is not allowed to come to Doper Beach any longer - he apparently displeases the Gods and they throw tsunamis at him!

I'll come for a walk with you, Maastricht - I can only lay around for so long. One of my favourite things to do on a beach is look for interesting shells/rocks, and also pick up a good stick for batting rocks into the water.

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Old 07-09-2013, 01:33 AM
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Suddenly one Doper, who brought binoculars, shrieks with delight.
"Blue whale at 12 o'clock!" he shouts.
Sure enough...
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:19 AM
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Shakes, show up at the beach completely nude. He soon realizes it ain't that kind of party. Ashamed, he quickly leaves with bean bag and accorn in hand.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:56 AM
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Shodan wanders thru with Leet the Wonder Dog in tow. Leet is fascinated by the people playing Frisbee and wants desperately to participate.
I'll play Frisbee with Leet. Until he is distracted by a bird, at which point I'll retire to my cooler full of beer, my towel, and my book. If he gets tired of the distractions, and wants to play again, I'll join in!
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:26 AM
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The blue whale sighting ("Thar she blows!") has distracted quite a few.

Even Spoons' keg of beer is ignored by the whale fans.




Acorn?!!!

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Old 07-09-2013, 04:09 AM
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Even Spoons' keg of beer is ignored by the whale fans.
I never said that I have a keg; I have a cooler.

Of course, me being me, it is full of Old Style Pilsner. The perfect beer for a hot day. Well, let's face it, ice-cold Pil is the perfect beer for any hot day.

After a good game of Frisbee with Leet, I'll look forward to an ice-cold Pil. Which I have in my cooler.

(You know you've had too many when you can no longer count the bunnies on the label.)
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:12 AM
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I'm off to collect firewood for the bonfire. Anyone wanna join me?
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:47 AM
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The Professor, having fallen asleep on his towel, wakes up to find he's been buried in the sand.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:26 AM
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OMG you guys, there are some awesome rock pools just up there, around the corner! Anenomes and crabs and all sorts!
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:48 AM
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I'm off to collect firewood for the bonfire. Anyone wanna join me?
I'll help you collect the wood.

I've also brought marshmallows and my ukulele.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:53 AM
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Let's pop into this nearby woods. I'm sure nothing bad will happen to us.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:37 AM
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I'll be playing in the sand.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:45 AM
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What- What's that shining light in the sky? Why is there so much sand here? And people are dressed in their underwear! Oh, I wish I was back at home browsing the internet!
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:22 PM
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What- What's that shining light in the sky? Why is there so much sand here? And people are dressed in their underwear! Oh, I wish I was back at home browsing the internet!
Anyone have a tablet Sr Siete can borrow?
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:32 PM
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Anyone care to join me in running down to the water, then turning around comically and running away when the waves crash at my feet ala the Monkees?
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:37 PM
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No, but the tide is coming in; I didn't check the tide tables. But then, neither did anyone else.
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:40 PM
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Blub.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:22 PM
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Anyone have a tablet Sr Siete can borrow?
Forget the tablet. Find some sunblock!
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:39 PM
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Leet the Hero Rescue Dog begins to dig frantically to free Prof. Pepperwinkle, pausing only briefly to lick his face, attempt to steal his lunch, and piddle on nearby weeds, branches, and anything else that is taller than it is wide, and

OH LOOK!!!! ANOTHER BIRD!!!!

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Old 07-09-2013, 03:15 PM
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A large number of Dopers set their stuff back down well past the high water mark. Dougie_monty is one of them. He sees a young American Indian woman walking along the wet flats, dressed similarly--in beach shorts, flip-flops, a Hawaiian shirt, and an old straw hat. She stops and stares at the slightly washed-down sandman he made. Other Dopers gather round as she asked him, "What does that say?"
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:55 PM
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OH LOOK!!!! ANOTHER BIRD!!!!
Where? Where? Cat Whisperer, did you see that one?

Damn. That's the trouble with birds; they are always gone the moment I start paying attention. I'd rather watch a kite.
Now. This little green slimey papery stuff is sea lettuce. And yes, it is healthy and delicious.

::num num::

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Old 07-09-2013, 04:16 PM
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I didn't check the tide tables.
No one has to worry about tides on Lake Winnipeg, especially at the blue lagoon just south of the town of Grand Beach's white-sand beach. A perfect day (but for the light leak, bottom left, in my 1931 box Brownie).

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OH LOOK!!!! ANOTHER BIRD!!!!
TOO LATE! A beach in the town of Gimli, on the other side of the lake, basks in mid-80s temperatures as the sun slowly sinks, signalling, despite Shodan's warning, Gimli's giant prehistoric bird that it's time to swoop down and snatch another child for supper! as a boat, a quarter of a mile out and oblivious to the horror, slowly cruises by under a pink cloud.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:27 PM
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Where? Where? Cat Whisperer, did you see that one?

Damn. That's the trouble with birds; they are always gone the moment I start paying attention. I'd rather watch a kite. <snip>
I think it was a sandpiper.

So, you can eat that slimey green stuff, eh?
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:30 AM
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Don't call the okra I eat slimy. My Dad was from Arkansas and he cooked it a lot.

A bunch of us gather in front of a fire to toast marshmallows. I find a big tree branch with lots of points, and so I toast about two dozen marshmallows on it, for anyone to take off the branch when they're ready.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:11 AM
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Canopy tent? Check
Lawn chair? Check
Cooler full of potable ice? Check
Tonic? Check
RealLime juice? Check *
Gin? Check
Biography of Amundsen and Scott? Check

There's plenty of shade and refreshments. I'm sorry, I've only got the one spill-proof cup, though.


*I prefer actual lime wedges, but I was running late this morning.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:47 AM
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If it's my nearest beach, I'll be buying some fish and chips and then sitting at one of those tables overlooking the beach.

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Old 07-10-2013, 11:58 AM
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I'm already there!
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:26 PM
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...

In the evening we have a beach fire and I play the blues on my harmonica.
I arive looking like a 50(something)Spicoli....

What Key? I have an a,c,d,g and a few obscure minor harps....along with a wee bit of "Green Energy"....and a sixer or two of Bells HopSlam .....Surfs UP!
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:39 AM
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For teetotalers, dougie_monty has brought several bottles of sparkling non-alcoholic cider. There are also Hebrew National franks for a weenie roast.
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Old 07-13-2013, 12:37 AM
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Sorry to be late guys; it took me a while to get the courage to break out my brand new bikini. I'm gonna sunbathe for about half an hour, giving me just enough time to run on the shore with Intergalatic Gladiator before nightfall, and then I'll slap on my shorts and T-shirt to toast marshmallows..
...wait a minute, didn't anybody bring chocolate and graham crackers? Somebody's gotta have them, right?
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:16 AM
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...Say no more, ma'am. I brought along three pounds of broken milk chocolate from a candy store in the South Bay Galleria, and a package of genuine Graham crackers from the Sprouts Market. Make s'mores to your hearts' delight!
Now, does anyone play the mandolin?
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:16 AM
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I would like to join you guys but I can't walk without a cane and I don't do well on sand. I hope all you guys have a great time, though. Think of me every now and then.
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:13 AM
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...Say no more, ma'am. I brought along three pounds of broken milk chocolate from a candy store in the South Bay Galleria, and a package of genuine Graham crackers from the Sprouts Market. Make s'mores to your hearts' delight!
Now, does anyone play the mandolin?
I'll play my ukulele after I've had a s'more. Would you like to hear a clean song or a dirty song?
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:56 AM
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I'm actually sitting on Grace Beach, TCI with the SDMB on iPhone right now. It's very, very nice. Horses at 10:30 then Cubans this evening. Big wave!
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:02 AM
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I'll play my ukulele after I've had a s'more. Would you like to hear a clean song or a dirty song?
Why not post the lyrics to a "dirty song" right here on this thread? Short one, please.
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:18 AM
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Why not post the lyrics to a "dirty song" right here on this thread? Short one, please.
♩ ♪ ♫ "Last Saturday night, young Nancy lay sleeping,
Last Saturday night, young Nancy lay sleeping.
When into her bedroom young Johnny came creeping...." ♫ ♬

If I posted the next line of the song, I'd probably get a mod note.
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Old 07-13-2013, 12:07 PM
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Trodding in from the street, with what looks like a full field pack and dragging a rolling Igloo Cooler, I came. I was dressed in the fashion of Nowhere: black flip-flop sandals, a T-shirt that says something about some concert 20 years ago, shorts with lots of pockets and, of course, a ball cap that says "Grumpy".

Every step I take dents the hot white sand with foot print dents and elicits from the cooler the sloshing sounds of bottles, cans, and ice. Reaching the edge of the crowd, I drop my pack and pull from the bungee cords a blanket, an umbrella, and a wooden spear-like base. Sea gulls laugh and cry as I stab the beach with the wooden spear, churning it round like a witch from Macbeth until it stands upwards, semi-erect. Taking two breaths,
I then grabbed the umbrella and seated it firmly on the base, and as I raised the metal ring on its base, its arms raise to the sky, gifting me with shade.

In the distance, a HS kid is selling rental chairs from a large blue wooden storage container which is raised on stilts to protect it from the levels of the tide. A $20 bill gets me 2 lawn chairs... those wooden folding ones that are 30 years old, but have fresh canvas added as seats each summer. I pull them back with me, stealing glances at everyone else playing on the beach, looking for shells, or body surfing on inflatable rafts. In just two tries, I have the chairs open under the shade and I pull the ice chest next to them as a finishing touch.

Two cessnas fly in a row overhead pulling alternately the name of a restaurant with the all you can eat lobster special and the name of the sports bar with 25 cent beers. I smile as I open the cooler & deftly uncork a bottle of riesling. Floating the ice in the red plastic cup with white wine, I smile and toast the planes.

"No thanks. I'm good."

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Old 07-13-2013, 12:35 PM
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♩ ♪ ♫ "Last Saturday night, young Nancy lay sleeping,
Last Saturday night, young Nancy lay sleeping.
When into her bedroom young Johnny came creeping...." ♫ ♬

If I posted the next line of the song, I'd probably get a mod note.
I read you loud and clear. Want some songs by Oscar Brand?

♫ ♬Casey Jones was a son of a gun,
Wrecked his engine on a 40-mile run;
His engine busted and his boiler split,
And Casey ran into a pile of leaves.
♩ ♪ ♫


Hey, wait...that's the version my brother and sister and I sang when our parents were around!
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:05 PM
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I would like to join you guys but I can't walk without a cane and I don't do well on sand. I hope all you guys have a great time, though. Think of me every now and then.
Wow, I never thought of that!
Is there anyway to put an attachment on a cane that has, for instance, a nice circular base that would keep the cane from stabbing into the sand?

I just Googled that and, YES, there is exactly just such a device!
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