Dawn Dishes Advice on Nugs, Bird Watching, Bras

By Dawn Bright


Dear Dawn,

I travel to Destin every year for the annual Fishing Rodeo. I’m not a very good fisherman, but I do enjoy it a lot, so I keep at it year after year. Last year one of my friends came with me, and while we were fishing, he said “Look, a nug!” I had no idea what he was talking about. He claims a nug is when a fish tugs at your line. Is this true?

– Willy W., Destin



Hi, Willy. I hadn’t heard this word before, so did an Internet search for the definition. There were several definitions having nothing at all to do with fishing, but then I found this in the Oxford Dictionary: “To nudge or prod. To make a jerking movement, to tug, especially of a fish tugging at bait.” So if you had a fish on your line then yes, that was a nug. Did you have a fish on your line? Because if your friend said “Look, a nug,” and there was no fish, he was talking about a marijuana bud, and I’d question whether you were fishing or just chilling out on the boat. Anyway, good luck and hope you have lots of nugs (of the fish variety)!

Dear Dawn,

I’m 65 years old and suddenly developed an intense interest in watching birds. I’ve never been a bird watcher before, but now I find myself filling my backyard up with bird feeders and bird baths, researching the best bird food, and purchasing binoculars and even a bird watching chair. My family thinks I’ve lost my mind. Have I? Or is this perfectly normal?

– Blythe G., Shalimar



Thanks for your question, Blythe. First we have to address the perception that any behavior is normal or abnormal. What’s normal for me may not be normal for you, and vice versa. And even if I were to say this is abnormal behavior, so what? Are you harming anyone? Is someone suffering because of your new obsession with birds? Are you neglecting your family or job because of your need to observe? If the answer is “no” to all of these questions, then keep watching our feathery friends and tell all those haters their lack of understanding is simply for the birds!


Dear Dawn,

I had to go shopping for undergarments recently, so headed over to Destin Commons. It was really difficult to find a bra without those horrid wires. You know the wires, right? Whose idea was it to put wires in bras anyway?

– Sarah C., Destin



Excellent question, Sarah. I took a quick look at Wikipedia to see exactly whose idea it was to put wires in bras, and it turns out there’s really no quick answer. These constricting, painful undergarments date back as far as the 14th century. What started as a corset morphed into two pieces, with the wires or steel plates firmly in place. The whole convoluted mess lines up with the role of “women in history” and honestly doesn’t seem to be getting any better over time.


And while women were behind some of these initial designs, it appears MAN keeps it going. I’d love to see men wearing wires in their underpants. See how they like it! I mentioned this to my boyfriend who mused, “Why would we need to hold those up?” Exactly! Why do we need to hold ours up? At any rate, National No Bra Day is coming up on Oct. 13, so forget about holding them up, leave those wires behind, and Free the Tatas!


Dawn Bright is an eternal optimist. And that’s pretty much all you need to know about her.

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