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I Built a Sand Castle

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on Jun. 5, 2006

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On my recent trip to North Carolina, Matt and I built a sand castle.

It started small (1 grain) and we built up from there.

By the end, I estimate it weighed about 800 pounds, maybe more.

He was the brains, I was the brawn. Our location was perfect; just close enough to the ocean to get occasional waves of water in our moat, but not so close to the ocean that we’d be vulnerable to shark attacks.

Sand is hard to work with.  I kept suggesting we use some plywood and 2x4s and drywall, but he said that wasn’t “spirited.” I said I was being “realistic” and I was tired of “shoveling.”

So I decided to spend time on shell work instead.

Others helped: Susie, Jen, Emily and Debbie all chipped in.  They shaped the towers, worked on some of the pathways, and created an internally consistent fantasy world setting for the movie, book and card-game tie-ins.

Debbie in particular thought we needed more action-figure/merchandising tie-ins, so she came up with the idea of the “Attacking Sea Horses”(tm).

At the end of it, we had something we could all be proud of. 



 
 

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I love that you did this.

 

Posted by Rachael
  at 11:55 am on Jun. 9, 2006

 

 

 

It's all about the internally consistent fantasy world.

Nice work.

 

Posted by Wesley
  at 5:45 am on Jun. 10, 2006

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