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FAREWELL SNOWBIRDS

Posted by Tim Bryce on April 28, 2014

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– We hope you enjoyed your stay, but it is time to go home.

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Well, it’s that time of year again. Of course I’m talking about the migratory return of the snowbirds from Florida to their northern roosts. Actually, they began to return by the end of March, just as the Major League Baseball season was beginning, but it is now time to gently nudge the remaining folks out of their nests and back home. It’s almost May for God’s sake!

On behalf of the 19.5 million residents of the Sunshine State, I want to thank the +90 million tourists who visited us (yes, it is that much) and pumped over $60 billion into our economy. Thank you. We appreciate your visit. However, it is now time to return home so we can reclaim our highways, restaurants, ball parks, golf courses, parks and beaches. We enjoyed your visit but we now need to stretch out and rest before you return in the fall.

So, au revoir “The Land of Lincoln,” “The Hoosier State,” “The Empire State,” “The Garden State,” “The Buckeye State,” “The Great Lakes State,” “The Land of a Thousand Lakes,” and “Old Dominion.” And let us not forget our Canadian friends from Ontario (“Yours to Discover”) and Nova Scotia (“Canada’s Ocean Playground”). We will miss your dialects and erratic driving habits, not to mention your mammoth RV’s hogging grocery store parking lots, but do come back.

We may not have understood what you were saying, the clothes you wore, or your northern idiosyncrasies, but we tried to accommodate you the best we could, and hope you enjoyed your stay.

So, farewell our beloved snowbirds. Go in peace. See you in November. Bring lots of money with you.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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7 Responses to “FAREWELL SNOWBIRDS”

  1. shak4u said

    AMEN!!!! Only difference here is that we are visited by about 20-30 countries and some of the rudest people you can imagine. I say good riddance to all of them!!

    “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.” C. S. Lewis

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  2. Or, as we say in the Centennial State, “Welcome to Colorado…now go home!”

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  3. Joan Schoenling said

    You have such a wonderful way with words, Tim. . . .Love it!

    j.

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  4. Tim Bryce said

    A C.F. of Arizona wrote…

    “We have the same in Arizona, from after Halloween until after Easter. We are just now at a point we can eat at local restaurants again without a long wait, see movies without a line and packed theater, and drive across town with less risk from elderly drivers and get to our destinations in a reasonable time.

    However, it is, as you mentioned, important to note that millions of dollars come into the area during our temperate winter months. We have the Cactus League baseball season in March, which included the Cubs’ new field this year, which set all-time Cactus League attendance records. It will be nice to be able to eat at my favorite BBQ place again, though, which was impossible in March.”

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  5. sirchristiantheheck@reagan.com said

    Very cute !

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  6. […] FAREWELL SNOWBIRDS […]

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  7. Tim Bryce said

    An M.I. of Cincinnati, Ohio wrote…

    “I am not a “snow bird.” My husband and I are moving to the area of St. Petersburg. We were hoping for a nice welcome to us from the Buckeye State of Ohio. Since we plan on staying, hopefully we will be considered as residents, not tourist. Thanks for the reassuring words, Tim.”

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