Thursday – A Little Personal

I thought I would give you a view of the early morning hours at the beach on a holiday. The focus will be how people reserve their spots.

This first one made me laugh out loud. I’m sure the grocery cart will be there forever.

Shopping cart

This next one the people dropped a bunch of chairs and put some American flags around. Lotta faith some bohunk in a pickup doesn’t just roll right in.


Stakes in the ground with a colored rope works too.


So does a bunch of chairs.


Maybe a collection of pop-up frames will work well


For real staying power you need heavy duty hardware and a few cones


These folks blocked off about a hundred feet of beachfront. Β guess they felt they deserved the space. Who can argue with them.




    1. Thanks, Larry. All too common for us. πŸ™‚

  1. Ditto what Larry said. Nice…
    I’ve seen people try to do that with street parking here, chairs, cones. (They probably lost all their chairs. You’d think $2K/mo would get you a reserved parking spot, but no.) Maybe they need a shopping cart.
    Another day and then the weekend!!!! Mega hugs.

    1. Go forth and prosper. Hugs. πŸ™‚

  2. Oddly disappointed that nobody used police tape. Just etch a body marking in the middle to make people think it’s a crime scene.

    1. Great idea! Labor Day. πŸ™‚

    2. lol! I love that idea!

      1. Charles is a stitch. I loved it too.

  3. You just can’t beat an overinflated sense of entitlement. Works the world over.

    1. So true. Thanks, Keith

  4. Did you have a good spot, John?

    1. Ha ha ha. We just drove down in our golf cart at dusk for a glass of wine Monday night. The fourth is for the tourists. πŸ™‚

  5. I never thought of this, but once you shared it I totally understand. It seems so similar to things we see around here.

    1. Yes, I thought it would. Just finished Documentary. Poor sad girl. πŸ™‚

      1. You’re perking right along. Hope you’re having fun with it.

  6. Good morning, John,
    Now that’s interesting. I’ve never seen that when I was down there in Port A. Well, we’ve never thought of reserving a spot for ourselves anyway. We just drive along the beach till we find an empty space and settle down there.
    Btw, that reminds me of what I’ve read about “fights” for spots at swimming-pools in Spain. It is said that the Germans are notorius there for getting up at the crack of dawn, putting towels on as many reclining chairs as they want, to “reserve” them, and then go back to bed, to appear at the pool only late in the morning.
    As to the shopping-cart in the first picture: I really hope you’re wrong and the cart will not stay there forever. Nor will the plastic bottle next to the cart.
    Have a wonderful day,

  7. I saw something like this in Ashland, OR just this past weekend. People were reserving spots in the grassy meridian for the parade on the Fourth, using a variety of chairs, blankets, and caution tape. It looked like fun, but we were headed for a no fireworks holiday at Lassen National Park instead.

    It was the complete opposite. No crowds, lots of trees and lakes, and stars for illumination. It was a different kind of fun. Restful. πŸ™‚

    1. Sounds beautiful, Cathleen

  8. Oh yes, the holiday madness! Everyone wants to flee from the cities and will sit in traffic for hours for a holiday vacation.

    1. So true, Jan. Thanks

  9. I take it, it’s first come first serve? That last group seemed pretty serious. Any idea from how far away folks come to claim a hunk of sand?

    1. Usually from places like San Antonio (2 1/2 hours)

  10. This looks like Chicago in the wintertime. I understand folks have to park on the streets and woe betide the poor chump who moves the lawn chair they’ve used to “save” their spot!!

    1. Yes. I’ve been there.

  11. Oh, dear! We avoid the beach in summer and certainly don’t go out on holidays so I had no idea they marked off spots. I knew they do that for some parades in CC and they used to do it in Labante Park. It does not seem fair somehow! It used to be you took what you could get. Well, the beaches are more crowded than they used to be. Enjoy it when you have it to yourself mostly!

    1. Monday night was beautiful. Thanks.

  12. Geraldine Lennon · ·

    Oh My! Beach society. What a hoot.

    1. Yes. Funny isn’t it?

  13. I hate crowds too much to go places where you have to “reserve” a spot. I prefer to stay at home and celebrate. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

    1. I’m with you. It is unfortunate that my home is where they all want to go. :-D. Thanks

  14. Looks like the beach was building up to be my perfect nightmare: crowds, drunks, and too much noise and trash. Once we were in DC over the holiday. Walking through the Mall early in the morning, we saw people laying their blankets and setting up their chairs. They weren’t just reserving space. They were actually going to be in that space all day long so they could watch the fireworks. We were lucky enough to have a great view of the fireworks from our hotel room (really, it was all luck because we were there on business and hadn’t even thought about the holiday). On TV, the Mall looked like one giant mosh pit … egad!

    1. I can “see” it. Really not my cup of tea. Thanks Marie. Happy Weekend to you.:-)

  15. No, the grocery cart will wind up being repurposed as a luggage cart…

    1. Or maybe a fish carrier.

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