The special word of the week was water. Lots of it. From the sky and all around us.

My vacation began with a drive through heavy rain and traffic to Wilmington, NC, where friends of Jojo Hammond turned out to support her gig at Ted’s Fun at the River that night. Jojo is one of my earliest friends. We took singing lessons together from Miss Alimae Temple and sang in church throughout our childhood. Our good friend Cristy joined us, along with Jojo’s fiancĂ© and many friends. Jojo is a talented songwriter and writes most of what she sings. She was nervous on this occasion because she was singing some cover songs for the first time. I think that she did a great job with “Daniel” by Elton John. Her accompanist, Donna, who also did several solos, was in terrible pain and had spent the previous night in the emergency room, yet she insisted on going on with the show.

This video is of Jojo singing one of her original songs. Please excuse the poor quality. It is the fault of the novice photographer.

The folks at Elijah’s restaurant on the riverfront were wonderful to take a table of 18 just before their kitchen closed at 10 p.m., where we enjoyed each other’s company and good seafood for a couple of hours.

The next day we finally got a break in the rain and five of us went to Wrightsville Beach just down the road. I managed to get severely sunburned on my lower back because it was the only place I forgot about sunblock.

Where I shoulda stayed:

Wrightsville Beach, pier at the Oceana

Where I baked myself (that’s Cristy):

Wrightsville Beach

A winged rat:

Gull at Wrightsville Beach

Then I drove southwest through rain to Lake Waccamaw where my sister and brother-in-law have rented a small house on the lakeshore for their summer break, just four houses down the street from my cousin Fred’s place. (See next post.)