Sunday, May 10, 2009
AOL Travel lists Rehoboth as 5th Best Beach in the Nation...
... which is nice to see as national recognition.
At the Beach this weekend I noticed that crowds were perhaps a little down, even though the lines at Gus N Gus are still long, and George looks happy to be flipping burgers in the warm weather again.
There are signs of recession if you look. The wait at the Big Fish, even around 6pm, was only twenty minutes. On Mother's Day last year at the same time it was an hour. There are some empty storefronts that are usually occupied by the latest entrepreneur who thinks, Oh, wow, tourists at the Beach will buy tasteless T-shirts when they're drunk.
The artificial dunes, thanks to one of the last pieces of really sizeable pork that Senator Joe Biden would bring home, look to be holding up well, although the downside is that in many spots on the boardwalk they keep you from actually seeing the beach.
The Blue Moon, the Purple Parrot et al on Rehoboth Avenue seem to be doing a rip-roaring busines, but the season will not really have started until Kris Petersen is back at the Sands doing his Eye-cons show, channeling Lucy, Cher, and Bette...
Do we dare tell America (or even Delaware) that Rehoboth is unique for its live-and-let-live atmosphere between the evangelicals and the gays, who are now pretty much so used to each other that nobody seems to notice anybody else [which is, by the way, a good Libertarian definition for a functional society]?
Nah, maybe not.