Living in a beach town is really cool, even if short-lived.
Besides the sheer joy of walking to the sand and waves,
there are other quirky features one doesn't find anywhere else.
How many towns let people drive down the middle of the street in golf carts?
No restrictions, no requirements of helmets or turn signals--
just putt putt along with all the cars.
And since so many of the people are on vacation,
the golf carts are packed with people of all ages and sizes,
often including beach pails, inner tubes, boogey boards.
Usually there is laughter heard from the carts, as well.
Ah, the pleasure of a beach vacation!
Most of the stores sell the same t-shirts, bathing suits,
shells, sunglasses and surf boards.
To stand out, several decorate their doors with creativity--
like the gaping, toothy mouth of a great shark
emerging from waves...
or a second story vanagan...
(Are they still called that name from the 60's?)
or a sign listing some of the things inside
(that are identical to things for sale in the store across the street and around the corner).
But a little misspelling draws my editor's eye.
If the "suite" is in a hotel near a pool,
that's a great price!
Is it $9.99 or $9,999999999?
(The comma can be a bit confusing.)
And just where else must you take a ferry as part of the state road system just to go in and out of the town?
Yes, I love Port Aransas!
More quirky things to come in the next blog.