7 WoW Farming Ideas for Newbies

Let’s face it, most online information for World of Warcraft, be it talents specs, macros, or instance strategies, favor the high level, end game content users: the level 85’s. New players wishing to get to that level have to grind their way to the top. Armor and weaponry takes gold to purchase, repair and improve, and the only sure-fire way to get that much-needed gold supply, besides sitting in the AH all day waiting for a deal to pop up, is to grind for it.

Well, here are a few suggestions for you farmers out there who want to break up the monotony.

Horde

One of the best starting areas for a mining farmer is among the Blood Elves in Eversong Woods. These hills are loaded with copper nodes and a double circuit around the perimeter will net you enough ore and semi-precious gemstones than one can carry, so make sure you obtain the largest bags you can afford early on. Once your bags are full, travel to Silvermoon City and smelt it at the forge.

Copper sells well, in both smelted bars and raw ore, in the Auction House. Once you have enough gold from your sales, stop mining and start smelting to level up your skill. Buying ore from the AH and smelting it is fast and cheap in the beginning. Should you find yourself running short of funds and a few skill points shy of leveling, head into the Ghostlands and mine any tin or silver nodes you find.

Buy or mine enough tin until you can smelt bronze. Keep this up as long as prices are cheap. You may want to download a good auction house add-on (like Auctionator or Auctionlite from one of the reputable add-on sites) to help make instant price comparisons.

There is nothing worse than going into a new area and finding a mother load of ore that is above your skill level, so get it up there early. You will want to be mining Mithril and Truesilver before hitting level 40.

Alliance

Although you do not have the rich resources of Eversong Woods’ compact copper fields, you do have the vast expanses of fDun Morogh to explore. Copper and tin nodes are plentiful enough to get you started, though it will take a little longer because of the sheer size of this area. Nevertheless, the advantage you do have is an abundance of Tin nodes around Loch Modan. Combining copper and tin bars gives you a bronze bar. You cannot mine for Bronze, only smelt it. Bronze sells extremely well in most Auction Houses.

You will also want to be skilled up for mining Mithril, Gold, Truesilver and Iron nodes before you reach level 40. Thousand Needles waits!

Mining Thousand Needles

For Alliance and Horde characters, you can pick up the quest chain for Thousand Needles on your respective cities’ callboard, or find Dyslix Silvergrub in the Southern Barrens. Dyslix Silvergrub is a level 65 Gryphon and wind rider flight master located just outside Mudsprocket in the contested territory of Dustwallow Marsh.

Follow this quest chain:

The Grim Totem are Coming from Kanati Greycloud

Two If by Boat from Montega Firemane (which, by the way, is the fastest canoe ride you will ever have, captained by a Tauren pirate. Check out his hat!)

Do Me a Favor from Jinky (A) or Razzeric (H)

This is where it gets good! You get a diving helmet! Actually a face bubble that lets you breathe underwater indefinitely (as long as you stay in Thousand Needles territory). The trick is never to finish the quest chain. As long as you do not turn in the Down in the Deeps quest you can deep sea dive Thousand Needles any time you wish. Your movement speed is increased, allowing you to run along the cavern floor. Make sure your bags are completely empty because you are going to load them up with ore and gemstones. All nodes respawn every 1-2 minutes.

The Singing Sunflower

Here is an awesome quest for both factions. If you want a Singing Sunflower to add to your pet collection, head over to Hillsbrad Foothills in the Eastern Kingdoms. Behind the Sludgefields and Sludgeguard Tower (33.6, 49.2) is a farm.

See Brazie the Botanist to begin this short 5-quest chain. It’s based on the game Plants vs. Zombies and is a refreshing change from Wow’s pound ’em and loot ’em grinding system. Finish the quest chain and you can choose the Singing Sunflower pet as a quest reward.

For those of you having trouble with the wave of zombies coming at you (as I did) there is a YouTube video for all five quests (beginning with Botany Basics) so you can watch an expert do it properly.

Fast Tracking Your Profession

Here is a fast way to gain a lot of gold and materials to level up your main crafting profession: take two gathering professions.

Grinding for enough leather, ore, herbs or spell components to level up in inscription, blacksmithing, alchemy, leatherworking or engineering can drain your wallet quickly. Instead, try putting your craft on hold for a while. Skinning, mining, herb gathering and disenchanting (not to forget fishing and cooking) are moneymakers. Choose two main gathering professions first, then sell, sell, sell and store, store, store. By the time you reach level 20 or 30 you could have enough gold and mats built up to drop one gathering profession and pick up a craft.

Use your stored resources to raise your crafting skill and you can surpass all other crafters at your current xp level. Higher-level crafted items (such as glyphs, gems or enchantments) equal higher gold profits. A few exceptions exist. Some recipes are level dependent. You won’t be able to advance your craft up to 525 skill at level 30, but you can keep it maxed until then. Engineering, Jewelcrafting and Enchanting are EXPENSIVE hobbies. Once you near level 85 you can drop both gathering professions and learn two crafting professions if you wish, buying all of your materials from the AH or having an ALT do it for you. Try this method and see if it does not make a difference.

Darkmoon Faire

Regardless of your allegiance, Horde or Alliance, the one commonality we all have is The Darkmoon Faire. Luckily, for the pvp servers Darkmoon Faire rotates its location between both factions and can be quite the little gold mine for a farmer. Be sure you visit Lhara’s booth often. She is an Orc in the far right booth who sells herbs, potions and the occasional gemstone for patient campers. Moreover, they are cheap! So cheap, you can make a large profit early. Many items she sells go for as much as a 10,000-time markup in some Auction Houses. However, you have to act fast before the crowds show up and flood the AH.

The Faire usually opens at midnight (EST) and runs for a week. Lhara’s inventory randomly generates as she is cleaned out and respawn times vary, depending on how much pressure you put on her stock. It is definitely worth many, many return trips, even for the brave pvper who wants to take the chance on slipping into enemy territory for a quick profit.

Fishing for Deviates

This is one area where the Horde has a definite advantage. The only place in all of Azeroth to find Deviate fish is in the Horde territory of the Northern Barrens. There are three separate oases near the Crossroads, Ratchet and Wailing Caverns with pools holding Deviate fish. You want to be a minimum level of 16 before attempting to fish the pools due to the patrolling centaurs and snapjaw turtles.

If you are a skinner, miner or herbalist these are big bonus areas. While waiting for the pools to respawn you can gather materials and hunt centaurs to your heart’s delight. Deviate fish sell in the Auction Houses anywhere from two to ten gold each.

Players level 20 and higher have a definite advantage by using their mounts to travel quickly between the pools as they respawn. Alliance characters take heart, though, as you can still farm these little fishy gems by accessing the route through Ratchet. Take a ship to this neutral Goblin borough and head north out of town along the road. Once outside the town limits head WNW until you see the palm trees. Pvpers need to keep their weapons at the ready as deviate fishing can be a popular pastime for some Horde, and they jealously protect their territory.

I hope you find at least a piece of this information helpful to your cause and it brings you luck and new found wealth in your quest towards that coveted level 85 status.

Blogging the Right Way

Finding the Best Blog Platform and Host

Before I found my current host, I left three from which I didn’t get a single comment! So do a research first. Decide if you want a ‘monetized’ or an advertisement-free blog. Some hosts allow monetizing, some don’t. So if you choose to self-host your blog, then it’s better to monetize it to cover your expenses.

Choosing your blog Theme

There are specific themes designed for your niche or speciality.

Choose your niche carefully

This was my first mistake. At first, I started writing just about everything that floats my boat. Then I learned that you could monetize your blog at least to cover your writing expenses, time and effort. Some professional bloggers even teach that you shouldn’t spend on your blog or site until you’re earning from it.

So decide if you want a monetized blog or not – then decide what your blog will be specifically about. Will it be about Technology, Science, Business, etc?

Continue search for better blog platforms

Most probably, your first blog host will not be the best.

Practice Ethics of blogging/networking

Choosing the Right Time to Publish

If you care to get traffic to your weblog, here’s a great tip. Prepare your post early but publish later. Yes. There is a right time to publish your blog post. And I learned that lesson after 3 long years! So how do you know the right time to publish? Look at your stats. If your traffic for the day is rising normally, don’t publish yet. If you publish at once, the traffic you’re getting for your latest post will most probably stop. What your visitors will see is your new post which they might not be interested in. So publish only when you see that your traffic has slowed down drastically. Prepare early, publish later. Never publish a new one if your latest post is getting enormous traffic.

The biggest mistake I made in blogging was that I didn’t use hyperlinks in about the first 9 months of my third and current blog Plato on-line. Why? When I started that blog, hackers using hyperlinks was very rampant during that time (first half of 2009). So I was afraid to use hyperlinks. And because I didn’t use it, I lost traffic and subscribers. One of my blog-mates even got a bit mad at me. So when you start blogging, study at once how to create hyperlinks and use it. Just be sure that the site you’re linking to is malware free.

Most importantly, do not publish immediately after your final draft is ready. Let a night pass. This is a mistake I made so many times. The result was I had to edit my article again just after a day because some important additions would suddenly come up.

This is the continuing and maybe, the hard part. How do we make sure we’re blogging politically correct?

a. Your content

We have freedom of speech so it’s really up to you what you write even if it’s offensive; which of course I practice but don’t endorse. But if you will write a rant or offensive piece, target specifically so the innocents wouldn’t think they are part of it. You wouldn’t want your followers to think they are part of your target. If you’re after popularity or sales, then you wouldn’t want to offend everyone so be careful what you write.

One way to make sure your piece isn’t offending: have a kind-hearted person or editor read your article then ask if it’s reader-friendly.

b. Your comments

Now this is where most bloggers offend each other the most. I myself have offended through comments without intending to although one or two I admit were careless though innocent; and that is why I’m reluctant to write about this – it would smell hypocrisy.

We just really can’t be sure how our words will be interpreted. And that is the reason why we should be extremely careful.

Tips:

Never make or reply to an offensive comment when you’re still angry.

Most of the time, we will find that it’s not really worth our anger as time passes. What I do is ignore offensive comments if I want someone to stop sending it. You bet it works. We will even sometimes find we can learn something from the offensive comment. The offensive commenter might even become your fan if you befriend the person!

If you think you have made an offensive comment, follow-up at once and apologize before you get a reply. The more time passes, the more damage the comment will do because it spreads.

c. Spamming

This not only apply only to commenting but also to e-mail marketing. The rule is DON’T SPAM. What do you think your reader will do when the reader learns you spammed him/her? Of course the reader will spread the news which would brand you as a user of your fellow man. I suggest you use a blog host or platform that uses Akismet.

Now there are human spam comments that you really need to spam. Human spam comments are innocent and not dangerous right?

Wrong!

It can be an attempt to steal traffic, comments, or hijack your weblog altogether which I have experienced. If comments are not related to the post, it is spam especially if it asks you to click a link. So check the link first before clicking.

A good way to block spam comments manually is this:

If you use WordPress like I do, go to your Dashboard and follow Settings -> Discussion. In the comment blacklist, enter words like porno, gambling, and whatever words, IP’s, and e-mail addresses you think should be banned. Be extra careful who you spam or blacklist!

Horse Racing Systems – The Advantages and Disadvantage of Laying Horses!

As you are most likely aware the invention of the betting exchanges around a decade ago swept in a new era of betting, especially when it came to horse races. Betting on a race became so much easier as all you needed to do was get online and get betting. But that wasn’t the only thing the exchanges brought to the gambling world, they also brought the ability to lay or as some call it the ability to be the bookmaker.

Also for those of us currently residing in the UK it meant that we had to get our heads around decimal odds. However being able to lay horses was the real big thing to come from the exchanges. It meant that we, the betting public, could now make a decision as to whether a horse will win or not and if we did not think it would win instead of backing another horse as we would normally do we could lay it off. This was a totally radical new way of betting and one that has only gotten more and more popular since it’s invention.

The best thing people say about laying horses is that it is much easier to select a loser than it is to select a winner. That is to say if there were a 10 horse race it would be much easier for you to pick a horse that will not win the race than for you to pick a horse that will win the race. As we can see here you will undoubtedly have a much higher strike rate than ever before and you have the chance to start making the big profits like the bookmakers have been doing all along.

The drawback with laying horses to lose is that you have to put up with the liability involved if the horse does win. Take for example you lay a horse at 5.5 on the exchange to make a profit of £100 and it wins you will have to pay out £450 to the person who took you up on the bet. It is probably important to point out now is the reason why betfair is so popular is because it boasts higher odds than most traditional bookmakers.

On betfair the prices are said to be a standard 20% higher than at a traditional bookmaker. This means that you are still not in the same boat as the bookmakers as they are laying things off at considerably lower odds than you are. All of this is still not including the commission charged by betfair also!

Even after all of the disadvantages I have just mentioned I still love lay betting and I will tell you why; you do not have to do it for every race! Sure the bookmaker is compelled to offer odds for every horse on every race but you don’t have to, you can pick and choose and it is this reason and this reason alone why there is money to be made in laying horses

Age of Conan – New Player Tips, Tricks and Leveling Secrets!

Some Age of Conan Tips and Tricks for new players. I had a hard time when I first started playing, so here are a few tips that I put together to help out new players.

1.) The first time you get control over your new character, turn all the way around (180 degrees), and swim out and down towards that big reef you see. There is a secret chest just in front of it, and it often contains a magical ring that will add 0.5% to your fire resistance level.

2.) Then, instead of going right for the pretty girl in front of you, turn left and go along the beach. There will be  a few cool alligators to kill, which is good practice.

3.) If you loop around to the right, eventually you will come to some rogues, and then some gators. There is a gator boss who drops a human body part. Not sure what it can be used for, but it’s cool. He also guards a chest, that also might contain a magic ring with more fire bonus levels.

4.) After saving the pretty girl, go left for and find the mini-boss that drops a weapon…he also guards another chest that may have yet another magical ring.

5.) You get the White Sands Mausoleum key, along with a weapon, from the blacksmith that is outside and who broke your chains. Bring him some metal from the docks to get the key. 

6.) When you finally get to Old Tarantia, swim down underneath the boat and you will find an hidden underwater treasure chest near one end of the boat. It may have level 20 health plus some stamina potions.

Hope that helps!

Lure of the Beach

Paul and I are reaching down from Herring Bay aboard Petrel, bound for Chesapeake Beach, Md., a community that lines a sandy strip of waterfront on the Western Shore, just below Holland Point. Behind us the whitecaps are scribbling haiku stanzas across the water and gulls skim the waves like so many scholars trying to decipher the words. The late winter sky is flat and blue. The air is cold. I had promised Paul a short sail, and he’s grumbling about the definition of the word “short.”

“It’s more of a concept than an exact measurement,” I say. He remains unconvinced that winter sailing is worth the effort.

Now we can see a couple of high-rise buildings-the Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa to the south, a pink beach condo to the north-and between them a row of waterfront houses strung like beads. Farther up the shoreline, we can just make out the fishing pier and half-mile-long boardwalk at North Beach. The two towns, which run together, are like the Minneapolis-St. Paul of the Bay-one boasts a big hotel and charter-fishing fleet and the other a boardwalk and public beach.

We pick up the marker due east of Fishing Creek and come about, dropping sail and hoping that Bubba, our cranky engine, sees fit to take us the rest of the way in. We’re heading for the Rod ‘N’ Reel’s marina basin. It’s the only place in town that can handle masted vessels, like Petrel, and other tall boats. A fixed bridge with a 10-foot clearance blocks the rest of the way into Fishing Creek, where more slips are available for boats able to negotiate the clearance and bulkheads and finger piers offer shelter to one of the largest charter-fishing fleets on the Bay.

Most people will tell you that they come to Chesapeake Beach to fish, either off their own boat or aboard one of the four dozen or so charterboats that routinely operate from the Rod ‘N’ Reel or Abner’s Crab House, just up Fishing Creek. But there’s another source of silver to be had hereabouts. Slot machines of one sort or another have been a focal point at the “Beach” (as it’s invariably called by locals) for nearly a century, drawing avid and casual gamers alike to this tiny Bayside resort. Of course, Paul and I wouldn’t know about any of that. We come here for the food-today that means a plate of ribs at Smokey Joe’s Grill. Sometimes you just gotta have ’em.

We tuck Petrel into a slip and step ashore. To say that the Rod ‘N’ Reel anchors the town of Chesapeake Beach is no stretch. It occupies the Bay front on the south side of Fishing Creek, as well as a good portion of the creek front inside the bridge. The family-run complex offers world-class dining, over three hundred protected slips, a launch ramp-and now a hotel, the Chesapeake Resort Hotel & Spa. The marina office does the booking for most of the independently owned charter-fishing boats that run in and out of the creek. The Rod ‘N’ Reel restaurant, overlooking the marina, offers an enticing menu of fresh seafood and stages lavish weddings and gala fundraisers in opulent splendor. Next door, Smokey Joe’s serves up saucy barbecue ribs and chicken. A casual dock bar straddles the waterfront between the restaurant and the hotel. Patrons of the latter have a sweeping view of the Bay, as well as access to a state-of-the-art exercise room, an indoor pool and sauna, and a fully staffed health spa that includes massage and rejuvenating facials. They also have ready access to over two hundred instant bingo machines, a traditional bingo hall and Keno.

“Imagine that,” says Paul. We’ve poked our heads into the hotel lobby, where the siren call of a massage has caught Paul’s attention. Working Petrel’s tiller can be such labor, he tells me. “I think a nice massage would soothe my soul, don’t you?” he directs this question to the attractive hotel receptionist, who assures him that marina guests are welcome to partake of the spa facilities. Wouldn’t you know, there’s an immediate opening for a half-hour massage, if Paul would be inclined to pony up the required $50. Before I can say, “Whose wallet?” Paul has been whisked away into a lush little chamber for a rejuvenating rub down. When he reemerges, he’s downright radiant. “How’s the shoulder?” I ask. “Ka-ching!” he says, pulling the arm of an imaginary slot machine.

Some would say that slot machines built this little town. That’s not true. Chesapeake Beach is the culmination of a series of resort-development schemes in the latter part of the 19th century. In the shadow of the new hotel sits an old railway station, the terminus of the original rail line that brought the first visitors from the summer swelter of Washington, D.C. Otto Mears is credited with laying the tracks and conjuring up the waterside amusement park that went with them. In 1900, when his railroad opened for business, families could enjoy the healthy Bay breezes and partake of a variety of attractions, including a large bathing beach and a small-scale seaside train. By 1916, the death-defying Great Derby roller coaster was soaring over the heads of terrified parents, offering cheap thrills to all comers. They apparently came in droves.

The resort town that sprouted from the surrounding dunes saw plenty of traffic. Tourists filled the luxurious Belvedere Hotel and nearby boarding houses. Soon, the new prosperity spread to the newly platted town of North Beach, where hundreds of small vacation houses offered cooling Bay breezes and plenty of entertainment to big city residents eager to escape the summer heat. A few visitors built year-round residences and decided to stay put, creating a pair of permanent beach-side communities. But eventually the charms of a rickety wooden roller coaster and a netted swimming area (that could never be entirely free of stinging jellyfish) began to peter out.

The Great Depression no doubt contributed to the towns’ decline, as did the increasing availability of automobiles. Car ferries crossing the Bay put the jellyfish-free Atlantic beaches within relatively easy reach. Compounded by dwindling regional revenues from tobacco and seafood, the financial decline of Chesapeake Beach and North Beach was sobering. When slot machines took hold in the 1930s, they seemed like a godsend to the strapped communities.

Paul and I stand on the dock, looking out across the Bay. I can just imagine the parade of boats roaring over the water into town back in its gambling heyday. I had hoped to find people who remembered that period and could tell me about Chesapeake Beach’s days as “Little Atlantic City,” but most of those people are, one way or another, gone now. Indeed, the closest I came was Little Buddy Harrison of Tilghman, Md.

“We swapped fishing captains back and forth,” Harrison told me. “Big fishing fleet over there. Played ’em in baseball. And plenty of folks went there to party. Easier to get there by boat than by car. The kids went to the amusement park while their parents played the slots. I remember that big old roller coaster from when my dad took me there some-time in the early sixties.” I told Harrison that I could remember one waterman telling me that he learned how to drive a boat by ferrying his parents home from their nights on the town. “Don’t know who that would be in particular,” Harrison said, “but I imagine it could be true of any number of fellows.”

The party traffic slowed considerably in 1968 when slot machines were out-lawed in Maryland. Then in 2001, as a result of a challenge by Rod ‘N’ Reel’s owner Gerald Donovan, the court ruled that the business’s Lucky Tab machines were legal because they used pre-printed cards that mirrored the mechanics of a bingo game-a perfectly legal church-sanctioned way to part people from their money-even though they were nearly indistinguishable from slot machines. Unlike a traditional game of bingo, however, these instant bingo machines-also known as pull-tab machines-gave players the results instantly and spit out paper receipts instead of coins to winners. Pretty soon hundreds of the pull-tab instant bingo machines were helping to attract thousands of visitors back to the Beach.

Now all of that seems about to change. Last year, Maryland voters approved a new gambling law that allows state-controlled slot machines in a few locations. Ironically, though, that same law may put an end to gaming in Chesapeake Beach by outlawing instant bingo machines, which would be competition to the state-sanctioned slots. Pull tab and instant bingo proponents of course lobbied to keep the machines legal, but ultimately they failed-at least for now. Barring the passage of a bill introduced in February that would give instant bingo machines an extension until 2010 in Anne Arundel and Calvert counties (the only two counties that allow commercial bingo), the machines will become illegal statewide in July. Traditional bingo will continue, but that’s no comfort to the city of Chesapeake Beach, which stands to lose a significant source of tax revenue. And two Beach businesses-Rod ‘N’ Reel and Traders Seafood, Steak & Ale-of course will lose one of their major draws.

Paul and I decide to take a walk to build up an appetite. I offer to buy him a beer at Abner’s Crab House, which is not too far from the Rod ‘N’ Reel dock. We head inland and cross Bayside Road, which runs north-south through town.

Bobby Abner started catching and selling crabs when he was a kid. He ultimately ratcheted his crab-catching acumen into a thriving business that today employs nine family members, who keep the steamers full at the waterfront crabhouse and bar that backs up to Fishing Creek. Dockage is available on a first-come-first-served basis, but there always seems to be room for everyone. Alas, Paul and I are ahead of the season, and Abner’s isn’t open yet. We can see workers scrubbing table tops and mopping floors. We are a weekend too early, they tell us. “I told you it was too cold to go sailing,” Paul says.

We backtrack and head north on the main road. Traders is on our left. “They have beer here, too,” I say. A small bank of instant bingo machines sits on one side of the bar, and folks are already planted in front of the them. “Oh they’re a draw, all right,” says Traders’ hostess when we ask about the popularity of the machines. “If you win, you take the tab up to the bartender and he’ll cash it out for you.” Paul and I watch for a bit. Every now and then someone gets up and saunters over to the bar.

“At least with the slot machines you got some exercise pulling down the handle to play,” says “Uncle Roy” Leverone. The only exercise instant bingo players get is feeding in coins-and occasionally walking up to the counter for a pay-out. Leverone is a retired charter-fishing captain who’s been hanging around the Beach most of his life. Rod ‘N’ Reel’s assistant dockmaster Darrell Noyes had suggested we look him up if we wanted to talk to one of the old-timers, which is how we found ourselves in Leverone’s workshop, up the road from the Beach and not far from the water.

Leverone’s never been convinced that gambling is such a good idea. But the bottom line is he’s seen the machines come, and he hopes to see them go. For him, it’s the Bay that makes the town what it is. That’s the real draw, and fishing is the common denominator. “This is probably the biggest fishing fleet on the Bay that operates out of one place, under one umbrella,” he says. “Up there in Deale [Md.], you’ve got plenty of charterboats, but they’re all independent. Down here everyone works together, and it’s all coordinated by the Rod ‘N’ Reel.”

Last year, Leverone sold his boat, Uncle Roy, but he still works occasionally as a relief captain on other boats. When he’s not on the water, he’s in his workshop crafting furniture. A newly finished cherry table gleams in the sunlight that slants through the windows. Nearby, another side table stands on graceful tiptoe legs. Children’s rockers sit atop a cluttered table-one is in the shape of a wooden airplane, with a spinning propeller. On another table lie boxes filled with fishing reels. “I’m sorting through these,” Leverone says. “Getting ready for the flea market. Every year I get rid of more stuff. No sense hanging on to it. I don’t use it.”

Leverone starts talking about life on the water, sharing stories of his chartering days. “I spent summers here when I was a kid,” he says, waving a hand generously toward the water. “I had a construction company for a while, then I sold the business and moved here permanently about thirty years ago. Ran fishing charters.” A lot of day-trippers came to Chesapeake Beach, drawn by the water. Sometimes they’d climb aboard one of the head boats or sign up for a private charter. Sometimes they’d rent a little skiff and go off on their own.

“Some of them didn’t know what they were doing. . . .” Leverone leans forward, for emphasis and settles into a story about a man and his young daughter who were caught too far offshore in their rented rowboat by a summer squall. Leverone and a friend, who were out fishing, had been caught in the storm too, but rode it out easily. The man and his daughter were not as fortunate. After the storm had blown through, Leverone and his friend spotted the pair, clinging to their overturned boat and shouting for help. They pulled them out, retrieved their boat and set them back on land. The man was so upset, Leverone says, that he made a dash straight for his car, completely forgetting his daughter until the watermen shouted after him. “No telling about people sometimes,” Leverone concludes.

“No telling,” Paul says.

It’s late afternoon and Paul and I have wandered back to the Rod ‘N’ Reel. The wind is cold. Even the sun, falling fast now, is cold. We tuck into Smokey Joe’s and wedge ourselves into a booth near the bar. Paul begins to flirt with the waitress. Smokey Joe’s waitresses are delightfully sassy, and Paul just loves that. We order ribs.

Later, licking sticky bits of barbecue sauce from our fingers, we head back to the dock. A crowd has gathered in front of the pull tabs in the Rod ‘N’ Reel. Come July, they’ll be gone, and fishing, food and fun will be all Chesapeake Beach has to offer, with a little wholesome sass on the side. Treasure enough in my book. As far as I’m concerned, baiting up and dropping a line overboard is as much gambling as I can handle, and from the look of things in Chesapeake Beach, there will still be plenty of that going on. Paul says he’d come back just for the back rub. I’ll have to try that next time.