Afters years of resistance to my family's happy-to-sit-on-the-beach-all-day inertia, Hubert appears to have finally given up on the likelihood of volleyball games, swimming as exercise, long walks, or even standing up. The failure of his efforts to get us off our butts is believed to be responsible for a recent and extremely rare spotting of Hubert sitting down in a chair on the beach, reading a book (from Isaac Asimov's Foundation series).
What was my surprise when I found myself engaging in an activity even less likely for me than playing a sport on the beach: reading Asimov! May it be noted that by the end of the day my brother, Kevin, was doing the same.
Although Hubert did not return our multiple calls for comment on this story, a reliable seagull heard him utter under his breath while digging his toes into the sand as he finished yet another book, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."