It’s crazy here

We’ve had a quiet day, pottering about in the garden this morning, doing the housework, that kind of thing, so this afternoon Hubby wanted to get some compressed sawdust for a project and the local pet shop seemed like a good idea…………………. NOT.

Because Maggie has been suffering with her feet and arthritis, it was too far to walk up, so we took the car. That was a mistake.
Trying to find somewhere to park was like hens teeth, but luckily we know a little back road and were able to park in a space about 100 yards from the High Street.
PEOPLE were everywhere, few wearing masks, none giving social distancing an airing, and I don’t think I have seen so many burgers being demolished by so many people all in one place, and that includes McDs. I’ve seen chimps at Monkey World’s feeding times tidier eaters.

Hubby got what he wanted and was on his way back to the car when we were surrounded by people with pushchairs, dogs and tubs of cockles as they were getting into their vehicles either side of us!  Hubby waited some distance back.
We’d just pulled away and immediately had to do an emergency stop when a toddler ran out from the official car park in front of us. The look we got from its parents would’ve curdled milk.
Driving up towards the beach to get home a back way, it was solid, pedestrians assuming they had every right of way and striding out in front of us without looking. On the High Street itself, tourists were teeming on both sides of the road, burger stalls and ice cream stands being busy with face stuffers. It was horrible. I can never remember holidaymakers like this, and we’ve been grockles in a fair few resorts ourselves over the years.

Hubby dropped me off by the park so that I could walk Maggie a little way, and that was busy too. I kept to the grass rather than pavement and my phone rang. Hubby was coming to join us, and we met up just past the bridge. There was evidence that someone may have had roast duck for dinner judging by the amount of feathers  everywhere. No way was that natural moulting.
Seems there was a fight on the corner of our road when Hubby turned into it, hence his call and coming to meet me. From his chat with the guy in the pet shop earlier, one of the pubs had the police called to it last night because a fight had broken out. None of it locals, and this particular pub, though a bit on the rough side as a rule, hadn’t had any trouble in it for well over a year.

What is the matter with everyone? It’s as if common sense and good manners have been replaced with hooliganism and anger. Come to the seaside and enjoy yourselves by all means, but leave your animosity and tempers behind. We don’t want it, don’t need it, and certainly don’t want to see it.
I will not feel safe in the town on my own during the day for quite a while now.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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20 Responses to It’s crazy here

  1. That’s very discouraging! I think tempers are frayed past breaking point – that’s the reason I’d give to the increase in violence. Manners? Those have been gone for quite a while now. I hope there’s a lengthy rainy season, cold and pelting rain, and that will cool people off some. Perhaps drive them away too. I’m glad you and Maggie were okay. That’s frightening!

    • It’s getting too close Melanie. I’m already twitchy seeing strangers and gangs of same sex young people. The boys are rough, dirty and oozing hostility and the girls have mouths on them like sewers, so I avoid them all and walk the other way if I can. I can swear and do, but not as a matter of course. Walking Maggie on my own I keep to our estate, and after 8pm it’s the two of us. Not a happy bunny my friend, not happy at all.

  2. I am so sorry to read this. I think people are very frustrated after this lockdown and I think its going to get worse with the economic downturn and loss of jobs over the next few months. Keep safe.

  3. Indeed! I live in a tourist area here in the states. Most of the year, this is our private paradise and community but during the summer, 4.5 million people descend upon on us. With the pandemic and our area much more open than elsewhere (and surprisingly with little effect) people have decided that HERE is where they should social distance or not at all and thus that number has increased to over 8 million!
    Rude, inconsiderate, littering….I completely understand! It seems that while readying for their vacation, they forget to pack their manners.

    • Oh I sympathise! We only have an influx of about 12,000, but when you think our population is only 12,000 to start with, that’s double the people on the town’s resources.

      • Wow! We at the Lake of the Ozarks are actually a series of small towns bordering the lake. In total altogether, we have a population of 124,886 and this year hosted more than 8 million. The afore mentioned problems a given, we locals also must adjust our lives during season even to feed ourselves. We must be sure to shop for food and supplies by weds or we’ll have to go without because the tourists empty the shelves! Not 1 pkg of ground beef or diapers will remain. This year has been worse. Ordinary tourist season are for the most part, weekends but this year have “the locust” here for non-stop 7 days a week and our stores aren’t large enough to keep up. ☹

      • Tourists here strip the shelves having started to queue a good half hour before opening time. We shop at a bigger town as a matter of course for our bulk shopping as there is more choice and we can get everything on our list. Rumour has it that 2 more supermarkets will be opening here. I think the majority of the population would prefer a second doctor’s surgery or at least one that worked and you could see a doctor.

      • It was so hard to find a doctor when we moved here. Clay found one but they and no one else were taking more patients. I had bronchitis at the time and finally found someone who could schedule me in 3 WEEKS AWAY! I found a personal doctor about a year later. I should bulk shop. There’s a bulk store about an hour away but it’d be worth a once a month trip. Lol. It’s doubtful we’ll get more stores. Businesses struggle to stay afloat after the tourists leave but boy it’s sure nice when they do. 😛

      • Roll on winter when we get our town back, though rumour has it they are keeping the caravan sites open until January. We do a main shop once a month, then top up as and when we need to.

  4. Paula Light says:

    So much crazy! Maybe there always was, but geez it does feel like there is more madness and it’s coming closer…

  5. murisopsis says:

    I’m so sad to hear that the visitors have lost their ever-loving minds! I hope Maggie’s feet feel better soon and all the out of towners leave, now!

  6. willowdot21 says:

    I can’t believe it is so bad! What is wrong with everyone? 💜

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