Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Top 10 Things To Do When Your Town is Taken Over By Tourists

I'm very fortunate to live in a town that boasts a few beautiful beaches nearby. Wilmington, North Cackalacky has grown tremendously over the past 20 years, but there are issues with traffic on a daily basis 'cause there ain't no where to expand on a peninsula. However, the first weekend of summah brings an entirely new set of problems 'cause now the tourists flock into the region. Our little ol' community goes from this:
to this almost over night:
And yes, tourism is a decent industry here, but for those of us not in that business, daily life can become quite cumbersome. So, here's my top 10 list of thangs to do to stay outta the madness:

10. Netflix can become your BFF: Uncle Jeffy caught up on Orange is the New Black this weekend in anticipation of Season 3 coming out real soon. And, we were the last people on earth to finally see Fifty Shades of Grey (on pay per view).

9.  Go to a local farmers market: fresh fruits and veggies are plentiful this time of year and tourists usually have no interest in shopping there. They go to the big super markets to stock up on all of their supplies.

8. Bowling: ya got the lanes to yourself, which is more than I can say for any of the roads.

7. On Line Shopping: Get all the great Memorial Day sales without having to fight your way through the crowds in the stores and dealing with the traffic getting there. A double bonus!

6. Dine at only local restaurants: the food and service are always much better than any of those touristy establishments.

5. Jam to some live music: it's summah time, so local bars, parks, festivals etc. are always advertising some sort of live entertainment.

4. Fire up the grill: tis the season for grillin' and chillin'.

3. Go to the movies: I went to see Pitch Perfect 2 this weekend and had the theatre practically to myself. It was an absolute riot by the way!

2. Attend a minor league sporting event: whether it's baseball or soccer, it's cheap and fun. Plus, the athletes appreciate every single person filling the seats!

1. Maximize your down time:
 


31 comments:

  1. tons of naked strangers at the beach... what is there to complain about?

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    1. when they're all old and ugly

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    2. I sure wish we had nekkid strangers at our beach. But no old and ugly ones. only young and hot!

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    3. Especially that fat guy in a Speedo from Bayonne, New Jersey who wears all those gold chains.

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  2. My town certainly isn't a tourist town. I worked with a guy from Myrtle Beach who didn't like how how uneven things were at certain times of the year.

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    1. My town is a tourist town.
      For people with low standards.
      Okay, that's a lie. Even people with low standards don't want to visit. Even though we have a dog park.

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    2. Where none of the dogs wear clothes.

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    3. Which probably goes without saying.

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  3. I could never live in a tourist town. I lived in a college town (Indiana University), and I cussed those students every single fall when they returned.

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    1. It definitely takes some getting used to for sure.

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  4. Tourist town would drive me up the wall, unless I was making money off the poor suckers lol always nice when you get the theater to yourself. I've never seen 50 shades of grey and never will, I'll be the last person haha

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  5. I also live near a tourist town. It's a small town so there are no movies or bowling, but there is a liquor store. Problem solved!

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  6. You could always go to their town and get in their way

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    1. Yea, give them a taste of their own medicine.

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    2. But, why go through all the trouble of driving to North Pimplefart, Michigan?

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  7. The soundtrack to 50 Shades is HOT!! Much better than the movie. Uncle Jeffy would appreciate the background music, trust me. My husband did.
    I lived in California for a few years and in Florida and every weekend the traffic was insane. You do get used to it. And like the saying goes, cant beat them - join them.

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    1. I will have to try the sound track Holli. Thanks for the tip! As always, the book was much better than the movie. I think I'm too old to join them. Crowds drive me crazy.

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    2. I'm curious....does the soundtrack for "50 Shades" include "Come On, Eileen"?
      Probably that S&M song by Rhianna, though. That would be more appropriate, I suppose.

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  8. Beer. Now THERE'S the money shot.
    Beer.......mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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    1. Well, there's usually cracks in asses. Otherwise, what would be the point?

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  9. We still haven't that 50 Shades movie.

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    1. If you have Netflix wait until you can get it for free.

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  10. That would be me in the last shot! Top choice. Love it.

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  11. Not to mention they'd be doing their "business" in the water, yech!

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  12. Wilmington is a tourist town as well as a college town. I stay in my own backyard on holiday, summer weekends.

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