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Monday, December 18, 2006

Snowbird Invasion



There are disadvantages to living in a resort area, especially within walking distance to a beach......... especially in the winter, in Florida.

The snowbirds have arrived and it's estimated that 800,000 will be relocating to Florida during this season!

Driving the local roads for the next three months will be unbearable. This will be most evident in the evenings, just as we try to get home from a day of work. It's "early bird special" time in local restaurants, and damn how they love those early bird specials.

It will be easy to spot them. The ones with the tans, stopping by the local Hess station to purchase gasoline, and whatever....... 300 pounds of woman stuffed into a two piece bathing suit walking in barefoot while the locals are wearing sweaters, jackets, hats and gloves attempting to stay warm in misreable 68 degree weather; although I have to admit the weather today was a very comfortable, short wearing 82 degrees.


Accidents will increase as they become lost, disoriented, or in many cases are simply much too old to be driving. (true snowbirds usually stay in Florida for between 3 to 6 months and are therefore retired, age range from 65-95).

Mix all of the above with those here on vacation (1-2 weeks) who really have no clue where they're going, and those here for Spring Break who spend the entire week drunk, and it's easy to understand how happy we are when Easter comes along and the exodus back to the north begins.

On the other hand, things might not be a total disaster.......


I may just make a few stops at the beach!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh how I long for the beach I left just two short months ago........

ConnieJane said...

To borrow a phrase...THEY'RE HEEEEERE!

I try to be tolerant but sometimes they make that pretty difficult. Be careful out there and enjoy this fabulous weather!

Bruce said...

I live in Venice, Italy. Let me tell you about tourists...