FROM ACROSS THE BAR: Winter ... I saw goodbye in her eyes

Published: Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 04:13 PM.

The painstaking reminder of an empty wallet and a lacking schedule has finally come to an end. If you work in just about any business on 30A, you resemble that last comment.

Luckily for all of us, we have survived yet another season. The annual Seaside race wraps up the winter, and now we settle in for spring break. Ah, the tumultuous period in our year which proves to be erratic, unnerving and just plain AWESOME.

The locals hit the beach, finally shedding all physical qualities of Casper the ghost. We gain new friendships and maintain old, as the families of our adjoining states flood the area. Seaside starts to resemble Animal Kingdom at Disney World as the beach swarms with wild teenagers wanting nothing more than what we all wanted at spring break — to party.

I’m not mad at them. I’m glad we live in such a place that people save all year to visit. 

It proves hard for us to do some things that we took for granted in the winter. The bike paths will be full. There will be nowhere to park on any given day. The car in front of you will drive 10 mph looking at Western Lake as it were the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World. There will always be some Lance Armstrong wannabe trying to keep you from getting to work.

You know the ones.

Simple things like watching Dread Clampitt at Red Bar on Sunday or grabbing brunch at Fire are no longer simple. You can forget getting a seat at Hurricanes for a dollar beer or easily climbing in at Great Southern for $5 oysters.

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