Spent the past week in a beach house on the Oregon coast for my wife’s family reunion. The weather was pretty good and overall it was relaxing, but the best part for me was sitting on the beach for a couple hours each day playing the guitar while the kids played in the sand around me.
I happily volunteered to take them down to make sand castles and run away from the waves. We even had fun making up songs about the family reunion, each other, and the ocean. It was great.
And I didn’t worry about my $20 garage sale guitar in the sand and ocean ear. I wasn’t putting it on the sand or taking it swimming. I was just using it to make music and enjoy myself.
But things happen. On a particularly windy day I was helping my son build a sand castle. I set my guitar in my chair and the wind blew the entire thing over. My guitar went headstock first into the sand. It stuck up for a long moment and then tumbled further, throwing sand everywhere as it traded punches with the folding chair.
There are a few additional dings, but a brief clean up and a retune had me back on the beach strumming away and humming along with the kids!