Tybee Island Beach

Here are four short video clips I shot on a beach not far from the houses we rented.

Ring Toss at Huc-A-Poo’s

“I’m gonna get that ring on that hook!” -Jane quoting someone else.

I’m not sure if this game has a name or not. Seems simple, but it can be frustrating.

Matt did eventually get the ring on that hook!

Crab Shack Lunch

I thought I knew good seafood until we went to the Crab Shack for lunch.  Me, Matt, and Sheri decided to split a Sampler Platter for three. I think you could have easily fed five people with the amount of food they brought out.

As you can see in the video below, the platter had oysters, clams, shrimp, crawdads, crab legs, corn, potatoes, and sausage.  These are staples in what they call “low-country” food.

Matt shot a video of me showing how to eat crawdads.

I apologize for my nasally voice, I was still getting over a sinus cold.

The Crab Shack is huge. They say on their website that they can accommodate several hundred people. There were less than 20 people in the restaurant the first day we went for lunch. I’m assuming that’s because we having a late lunch in the off-season. Locals tell stories of seeing the place completely packed in the peak of tourist season.

I love how the tables have a big hole in the middle with a trashcan underneath.  It just seems more efficient that way!

Outside the restaurant in a big pool, they have a bunch of alligators.  It was a strange feeling looking down at the alligators thinking of how good they would taste knowing they were looking up at me thinking the same thing.

http://www.thecrabshack.com/

Huc-A-Poo’s

Huc-A-Poo’s is by far the best dive bar I’ve ever been to. This is a great place to waste away some island time. The drinks are very reasonably priced. They seem to have a large crowd of regulars all of which were very friendly to us mainlanders.  The bar is even dog friendly!

Awesome music. During all my years of bar hopping, I’ve never heard a mix of music like that at Huc-A-Poo’s. The music was never too loud, just chilled in the background. Talk about diverse; it would fade from Sweet Home Alabama to Buffalo Soldier. It was like they had my iTunes playlist on shuffle. One can tell simply by looking at the walls and ceiling that music is a big deal in this place.

Eric, the owner of Huc-A-Poo’s is one of the most likeable guys I’ve ever met. He looks the part of a Tybee native with his long hair wrapped in a doo-rag. Except for the long hair, he reminds me of my dear departed friend Heath Greene.

Eric is a natural-born storyteller. I wish I had thought to video some of the stories he told us. I should have at least been feverishly taking notes, but who does that in a bar?  The best story that I remember ended with the line, “Nobody wins at lesbian jousting.”

We became regulars at this place during our weeklong stay on Tybee Island. As soon as I get a chance to visit Tybee again, I’ll definitely be dropping by Huc-A-Poo’s.

Big dog in Huc-A-Poo’s

I can’t remember what breed the owner said she was. She was a sweetheart though, and tall! I think her name was Belle.

Yes, that is “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” playing in the background!

Getting popular again

I’m still amazed at all the referring traffic I’ve been getting lately.  According to Google Analytics I’ve had visits to this site from 50 countries.

United States, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, Belgium, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Netherlands, China, Spain, Malaysia, India, Austria, Poland, Philippines, Mexico, Norway, Greece, Sweden, Latvia, Venezuela, South Africa, Peru, Uruguay, Egypt, Switzerland, Brazil, Kuwait, Jordan, Singapore, Cyprus, Portugal, Bolivia, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Turkey, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Iran, Vietnam, Mauritius, Israel, Finland, Ireland, Taiwan

Seems like I’m even getting some love from my home state of Arkansas!  Magnolia, Cabot, Hope, and Pine Bluff so far.  Leave a comment the next time you stop by.

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

A few useful links

A commenter on my earlier blog post asked me if I could point him in the right direction on for information about making WordPress themes. So, I thought I would expand on that idea a bit and post some links to sites that helped me get started.

Way back in the day, circa 1998, when I started learning about web design, a man by the name of Joe Burns ran an HTML tutorial website called HTML Goodies. I hate to think about all the hours I spent studying Joe’s “So you wanna learn, huh?” This was back in the hay day of HTML 3.2. I can’t tell you how excited I was when HTML 4.0 came out… It seems as soon as I had HTML 4.0 down pat, along came the XHTML/CSS standard… and we started all over again.

Fast-forward a few years. One day I was killing some time in a bookstore and I came across a book titled Designing With Web Standards by Jeffery Zeldman, and my whole web development thinking process changed. Out with the old <table> based layouts, in with the new standards-based design. Actually, come to think of it, I bought Web Standards Solutions by Dan Cederholm at the same time as Zeldman’s DWWS.

Looking back, I guess I’ve done web development professionally since 2001. I wonder if there will be an old folks home for web developers like me someday. I can see it now, a bunch of old geezers sitting around arguing about web standards, CSS parsers, and who had the best box model hack.

I’m rambling now, on with the links!

I will probably add more to this list later. I used to have a ton of useful websites bookmarked. They probably ended up in the same place as my missing socks.