Her Times
By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: May 28th, 2013

From left, Howie Eckert, Laura Alexis, Kelly Eckert, Nick Carmosino, Ryan Eckert, Pam Parker and Kim Parker at Waterman’s Surfside Grille in Virginia Beach.

What a difference a year makes.

Last year my oldest graduated as a doctor of physical therapy after seven long years of studying. This year, we spent a long weekend in his new hometown of Virginia Beach.

We shared love, laughter and libations on this trip and made memories.  Some of the memorable moments:

My youngest, who recently turned 21, told us frequently, “I’m a grown man.” He also selected the fave meal of the week —  the Waterman burger – a burger topped with a lump crabcake and  cheese. It was incredible.

Our view above Rudee’s Inlet near the beach included a marina. Captain Jack and the Lost Pearl, a pirate ship, regularly cruised by larger boats with loudspeaker blaring, “Give me all your treasure.” The boat tours the inlet and includes a bar.

We had an air show on Friday courtesy of the Naval Air Station in nearby Oceana. It is home to the F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets.

Everyone in Virginia Beach must be working for the Chamber of Commerce. The police officer directing traffic near a construction site outside our rented condo talked to us on a break and shared all the pertinent stats of the area. He also offered tips on shopping, eating and traveling. He moved there in the 1980s from New Jersey.

It’s a great place to visit, and we will be back. It’s also not far from the Outer Banks.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three.

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Posted: September 27th, 2011

When kids make you laugh so hard, your sides hurt, it might be the middle school years. It’s a time when kids have a somewhat grown-up appearance, but they still have that impishness that makes me grin just thinking about it.
I still laugh when I think of football car pools. No one wanted the return trip home, but I did. The skinny boys of fall were muddy, sweaty and laughing. In our car pool, we had twins who excelled in rapid-fire delivery of Internet jokes that made me laugh so hard, I’d cry.
This hearty half dozen players had also mastered and memorized some “Jeopardy” skits from “Saturday Night Live” starring Will Farrell as the Alex Trebek and Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery.
It was like watching it live.
Now, we also did have practical jokes in school, but these kids did nothing like the tricks I recalled at St. George Elementary School. And many of those kids had grown up to be teachers, principals, lawyers, judges and doctors.
Middle schoolers will make you laugh, make mistakes, make you cry and give you memories. The best advice I ever received about dealing with any of the bad times was from a teacher. “Kids will have rules to follow the rest of their lives. If they break a few now, they’ll learn to stop. We all need to give them a break.
Here’s to middle school mayhem.