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.
But one thing will not change. We will all go to work, work hard, clock out and find a happy hour, easy or not.
We will brave the crowds and get mixed up in a season that we have missed.
It’s time for crawfish boils at Shades and sunset bells at Bud’s. We anticipate the jazz festivals, Friday art walks, and the family nights on the big screen. We look forward to catching pompano and chasing cobia.
We laugh, we smile, and we make lots of money… oh yeah, and we do complain — that goes without saying. But at the end of the day, we all are grateful that we are here.
We will all travel this beautiful 19-mile stretch day in and day out. Every now and then, we will make the hike off the “A” because we have to go to Target or crave some fast food. But one thing is for certain, we will always come back.
There is a special aura to our lives on 30A. We love to live, hurry up and wait, complain, party, and sometimes work. We will often work a little and this time of year, A LOT.
So to spring break I say: BRING IT…
The best is yet to come. See you on the “A”.
Shannon Lee Davis is a Santa Rosa Beach resident and bartender at Great Southern Café.