Too Many American Tourists

Feb 24th, 2006, 07:04 AM
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Isabel,

I am in total agreement! My daughter (18) and I are going to London and Paris for 2 weeks this May. When I have compared with family/friends for the same reason (they think we've secretly hit the lottery) they cannot believe I've paid less in air and hotel. Smart shopping and planning. Besides--why go to the same place over and over unless you just love it? Florida once, twice, but after that? On the same note, we live in Wisconsin, and refuse to pay $1000.00 for one weekend in the Dells. Ridiculous! I'd rather sock it away and plan a family vacation somewhere less traumatized!
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Feb 24th, 2006, 08:48 AM
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There's an undercurrent of ugliness and prejudice in the comments on this thread,and it's very disappointing.

I live in Florida. Not everyone drives SUV's, and there is an over abundance of the elderly, who shouldn't be driving at all, who don't pay attention to stop signs or stop lights - which is one reason many locals have taken to driving SUV's or the largest car/truck/vehicle they can find.

During "Season" we are not thrilled with the heavy traffic, with the lines at restaurants, and the overcrowding, either, and most of us don't go to popular restaurants at that time and for that reason. And it is true that certain visitors from certain states, honk their horns the moment the light turns green and before you have a chance to put your foot on the gas. Our answer is to move as slowly as possible in response. On the other hand, the crowded beaches give more opportunity to people watch - especially the Northerners who lie out in the noon time scorching tropical sun acquiring the blackest tan possible.

Other than that, has anybody thought that many of these elderly retirees are on a limited income, and sneaking food from the buffet may be their alternative to eating cat or dog food?
True, many of the elderly elders can be demanding, pushy, and exhibit an attitude of entitlement which is annoying. Most of us ignore it, having let go of type A personalities after a couple of years in Florida. But guess what? YOU are going to be there one day. And let's see how you behave.

Loud? obnoxious? I dont find that in the Canadians, - but I can tell you that I was in a very posh hotel dining room in Milan, when a booming obnoxious Texan accent asked the waiter if the trout was from a river or the ocean. Duh. It was embarrassing to be an American.

One other thing my friends, this season and in February, Florida is the only and warmest place in the country -
The North East was recently hit with a nor'easter and thousands of people have no electric and no heat in 10 degrees Fahrenheit weather up north. Many have died. Likely there are many more visitors to Florida this season than usual, at least that's what the amount of traffic suggests to me.

It would be nice if some generosity of spirit was shown here, instead of the
"superiority" attitude which usually derives from insecurity and wannabes.

Just my 2 cents.
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Feb 24th, 2006, 08:56 AM
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mahya--What's wrong with asking whether it was fresh water or ocean trout? Or is it just that he did it loudly?
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Feb 24th, 2006, 09:25 AM
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LOL, clever ira!
I do enjoy a person with a sense of humour!
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Feb 24th, 2006, 02:14 PM
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"...friends, this season and in February, Florida is the only and warmest place in the country..."

Greetings from Scottsdale, where it's 74°F today, with ten percent humidity and not an insect to be seen.
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Feb 24th, 2006, 02:29 PM
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Scottsdale is often very nice in winter. Unfortunately, winter only lasts between 9 AM and noon on February 1, then it's back to summer again.
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