Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Peace & Quiet II

I dropped by Bada Bing today to pick up this week’s stash - those french toast bagels are seriously addicting - and had a chat with owner Andrea about this and that. She allowed as to how business had pretty much come to a sudden not to mention screeching halt. Boy don’t I know it....

June/July/Aug. goes by in a blur. The phone is ringing off the hook and you are booking sandcastle lessons back to back and cranking out delicious bagels and bagel sandwiches like nobody’s business. The cash register is jingling, the bank statements are cause for a smile if not outright celebration and you drag your sorry ass out of bed each morning feeling all virtuous and productive but sort of wishing you had time to do something other than teach sandcastle lessons or bake bagels for a change.

Then suddenly school starts and (badabang!) you get that wish. That wish comes crashing down on you like a ton of bricks and the beach is deserted and the oven goes cool and for some reason that cushion you thought you’d padded pretty nicely back while the sun was shining is already looking flat as a week-old tortilla and you are wondering how the hell you are going to hold on until spring break.

The good news is that most of us do indeed figure out a way to make it through the slow times. And we might even discover (or rediscover) how nice it is to be able to enjoy the beauty and amenities of this purty little island without having to wait in line behind all those tacky touristas and their monster SUVs hogging all the good parking spots.

With any luck this rain will dry up in time for the upcoming holiday weekend and the SUVs will lumber back across the c-way and Andrea’s cash register will jingle and I will book enough sandcastle lessons to work off all those delicious bagels I have been consuming ...

And we will all do well enough to keep the wolves and hurricanes at bay for yet another season.
(So say we all.)


Blogger nancy said...

No tourists, no trash
No tourists, no cash

Sung to a reggae beat

4:23 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

Aw come on Nancy, if tourists aren't here and throwing down trash we ain't got no reason to Kick Their Ess! Guilt trip them, berate them, you know the drill. But they bring m-o-n-e-y so ... I say this laughingly.

And don't mention about 20-30 percent of the beach trash floats in from the Gulf, shhhhh.

What gets me if like Sandy Feet says, the door slams and we get some OK weekends. Other resorts on the East Coast are booked up through Columbus Day, October 8. Okracoke Beach NC, ALMOST nice as our beach, is booked fairly well into early November. That's amazing considering that it can get cold up there and the water is enough to turn you blue.

Must be a Texas thang. Take off in the summer, make a big mess, and head back to the ranch by August 15th. Weird!

5:46 PM  
Blogger sillysand said...

We have stirred a lot of weddings toward the off season.
We are booked solid for the next 3 months.
We need help!!!
Do you want to be in the wedding biz?
Big bucks-lots of fun-eat cake
Ask me how

3:20 PM  

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