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Peace, Beaches

It’s like a month long carnal carnival where life become a puddle of sweat and a cold beer at the beach.

Story by Teo J. Babini - teo@citizenbrooklyn.com Photos by Mariano Garcia Video by Alessandro Magi
Photo ©  Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

It all started with my birthday, and a long drawn out June. Not exceptionally hot, but good enough for whole weekends spent between Brighton and Rockaway (That’s three days with summer Mondays in session). The early summer is a time when ex-girlfriends come calling, looking for some seasonal romance—In fact, women in general come out of hibernation, friends I haven’t seen in months.

Photo ©  Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Then it’s July, and from the fourth on it’s all a blur. Burnin’ down the city by night, ‘cause there’s too much heat wave to stay home, even with all the fans on and the windows open. It’s like a month long carnal carnival where life become a puddle of sweat and a cold beer at the beach. You subsist on barbecue food between rooftops and little hidden back yards you’ve never been too. Everything happens so fast. Everyone is naked. Everyone is free.

Photo ©  Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

And then one day you wake up from the sun-drunk dream and it’s August. Skin tanned and sand still sits between your toes. You’d be smooth as a skipping stone if it weren’t for the sticky clouds covering up the sky outside. It all starts to settle in, the beginning of the end. There’s still a whole month left, but somehow you and the weather have decided to get head starts. The nights begin to cool, along with your feverish reverence of the moon. Beach days are few and precious. It’s a meditative state.

Photo ©  Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Labor Day is the last great celebration, bittersweet and the next morning is oh so somber with Caribbean hang over. The rum hath run its course. But, the fresh scent of fall is upon us and with the changing of the leaves comes new faces.

Photo ©  Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo ©  Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo ©  Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo ©  Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo ©  Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo ©  Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo ©  Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo ©  Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo ©  Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo ©  Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo ©  Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo ©  Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

Photo ©  Mariano Garcia

Photo © Mariano Garcia

One Response to “Peace, Beaches”

  1. Ebru says:

    As always Teo’ s atory is the best company which puts a big smile on one’s face…thanks Teo