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(Let's talk about Snow Birds and what we can do to help.)




Most "snow birds" are just like us.  They hate the cold weather up north and just want to share some of the beautiful sunshine in Florida.  Most of the boo-boos they make are not on purpose and may just be because they don't understand the rule here in "The Villages."


For instance, we have multiple round-abouts which can be very confusing.  Especially when you're trying to take in the sights or figure out where you really are.  Some of them have 4 entrances and 4 exits, some have only 3.  Most are clearly marked but they do take a while to get used to.  I remember our first trip here.  I drove west on Canal street and came to another one of those damn gates that raise up and down.  I completely didn't have time to read the sign that said "No Carts Beyond This Point."  So I opened the gate and drove straight ahead, through the round-about and into down-town Sumter Square.  No problem (except for all the funny stares and a few irate drivers).  Who knew.  Later, we learned that it's proper to take a left turn where the "No Carts Beyond This Point" sign was and go the long, long way around to end up where we wanted to go.  Maybe the golf cart safety course should be mandatory for all newbe's.

And just try to explain to a driver (golf cart or car) how to make a left turn.  Most have been taught NOT to cross a solid white line but where you want to turn has a solid white line with a dashed white line next to it.  Hmmm.  Lots of drivers insist on turning left from the right hand lane?  Accidents waiting to happen?  Perhaps.

Then there's how and where to park a golf cart in a shopping mall (assuming you make it that far).  Two golf carts will fit in each parking slot but they shouldn't be one-behind-the-other, that is, unless you're traveling with a group of carts and you've all decided that you'll be leaving a restrauant or other establishment at the same time.

Of course, there's always the passing of a really, slow golf cart by a faster one.  Just make sure there's no traffic coming up behind you and you have plenty of time to make it around the slower one.  And never exceed the maximum speed limit for a golf cart - 18 mph.  (But since golf carts aren't equiped with speedometers, I'm not sure how you tell just how fast you're going!)

Then, there's the turning left across traffic to get into something like a parking lot.  Remember, golf carts don't respond as fast as cars do so leave plenty of time to cross the left lane.

But there are always a few (and thankfully, it's just a few)
that think that everyone that is a full time resident, is here only to make the "snow birds" happy.  Some aren't aware that the Villages rolls up the streets at 9:00 PM and loud noises coming from a "snow birds" lanai is not what they enjoy.  

On the most part, "snow birds" only bring traffic problems and money to spend here in the Villages so buckle down and enjoy the experience.  Who knows?  It may be your family that they're complaining about.


November 19, 2017

"We Are Family" is a song by the American vocal group Sister Sledge. The song was composed by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. Rodgers and Edwards offered the song to Atlantic Records; although the record label initially declined, the track was released as a single from the album of the same name in April 1979 and began to gain club and radio play.

"We Are Family" went Gold, becoming the number one R&B and number two pop song on the US charts in 1979 (behind "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer). Along with the tracks "He's the Greatest Dancer" and "Lost in Music", "We Are Family" reached number one on the Billboard Hot Dance/Disco chart. It was also the theme song for the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 2017, the song was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant." Billboard named the song #20 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.

 

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