Friday, October 1, 2004

Sand scholar

Only one brainteaser dawdles in the background during Debbie Paulin's methodical, luxurious summer beach routine. Everything else is cake. Is it that her 1990 Bronco is jammed with every comfort and practicality that will possibly fit? Or is it that through some coincidence of space and miracle of creative packing the Bronco holds everything Paulin will actually need?

Stick around for the answer. For now, who needs brainteasers? Certainly no one on the dune-backed pulchritude that is Chapin Beach in Dennis, where Paulin holds court as chief theorist and main adherent of the Gospel of Beach Going.

It's enough for now to say the Bronco is stuffed to the gills. And when all is unpacked, Paulin's encampment includes a "living room," "kitchen" and "entertainment center." Her beach stays often last from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. between April and November. Chapin regulars simply call her "The Mayor."