Speaking of the pool, that leads me to...
4. The pool/Jacuzzi
A big reason for wanting to stay at The Atrium was its amenities. The pool and the Jacuzzi were big draws for us because, where we live, there aren't a lot of swimming opportunities. The few pools that we do have are either a) really expensive, b) really crowded practically all the time, or c) all of the above.
The Atrium's pool was open pretty late, and the last two hours (from 9 to 11) were supposed to be "adult swim." Anybody under the age of 16 was not supposed to be in the pool during these last two hours.
Imagine our surprise when we go down to the pool not long after 9 and discover there is a kid in the Jacuzzi. Which, according to the posted regulations, children aren't supposed to be in the pool without adult supervision and they aren't supposed to be in the Jacuzzi at all. So not only was this kid lacking supervision, he was in Jacuzzi during adult swim hours.
"Maybe he'll leave soon," we all thought.
We were all very wrong.
He ended up being joined by five or six other kids -- all under the age of 16. They took over the whole Jacuzzi. We were in the pool, just kind of floating around, but the water was really cold and I couldn't get warm. Lauren was upset because of the kids -- she'd been looking forward to the Jacuzzi for months. So it was a pretty lame experience.
We ended up back in the hotel room in time for the second airing of that week's Switched at Birth. David checked a couple of times to see if the kids were gone before the pool completely closed. One time he checked and the kids were gone, but they were replaced by a big dude making out with his girlfriend. So we went to bed early.
5. The boardwalk
Our second day in Virginia Beach was the day of the concert, which didn't start until 6:30 pm. So we had the whole day to check out the boardwalk.
We ate lunch at a pizza place on 21st Street. I don't remember the name of it, but the pizza was delicious. Lauren is convinced that the owners are very greedy, though, because they only offered bottled water (no tap) and they automatically included gratuity in our bills (I think my bill came to like $11, so it wasn't like one of those places that adds gratuity just for bills over a certain amount).
After lunch, we decided to walk through some of the stores on the boardwalk. I was on a hunt for sunglasses because mine had gotten scratched on the sand at the beach the day before. Lauren was on a search for this one particular touristy shirt.
One of the first shops we walked into proved to be a bit of an awkward experience. Lauren started looking through the racks and then, suddenly, noticed the scene in front of us:
A girl was lying on her stomach, completely unresponsive. There were several people and some EMT's surrounding her. We'd walked in to this scene completely oblivious. David wondered how we could have possibly not noticed -- we were like the only shoppers left in the store besides this girl's concerned family. We were just looking at various touristy apparel while they were trying to like resuscitate this poor girl.
We left as soon as we realized. I have no idea the outcome of this peril.
Lauren ended up finding her shirt. We got some overpriced Dippin' Dots, and then David and I rode a ferris wheel overlooking the beach.
After the boardwalk, we had a little bit of time before we had to leave for the concert... and we finally were able to get control of the Jacuzzi. Victory was ours!