July 26th, Saturday
I usually drive to either Godwin's store or the Jolly Roger Pier in Topsail Beach, N.C., every morning for my daily newspaper while here, the Wilmington Star-News. The newspaper is still 50 cents except on Sundays when it is $1.50. It is one of my favorite newspapers.
This time I bought the paper at the pier as Godwin's opens whenever the owners get around to opening it. Godwin's has been in Topsail Beach since the beginning of it after the military left, shutting down their missile testing and used to have gas. The same family still runs the place, although now it is the second generation who are also getting up in years.
If there is still such a thing as a 50s mom and pop general store, this be the place. The door is always open and there is no air conditioning. All items have price stickers. You'd have to describe the place as "Real Retro." None of this new stuff made to look retro here.
Talked with my cousin Vickie who has the next door unit in the complex. Her husband Graham and she bought their place in the 1980s. Smithfield's 'cue and slaw for lunch!!!
Spent the afternoon out at the beach, reading magazines and collecting shells and "lima beans."