I had the opportunity to get away over the Memorial Day weekend. We drove out to the beach and did generally non-technical things for a few days and, I have to say, it was rather nice. Now, I'm not generally a beach person. I don't like the smell of the ocean, nor do I like the pervasive mess that is sand, but I do enjoy spending time away with the family. Even more, I enjoy not working for a few days, including getting away from this industry, which has become so acrimonious of late.
There's an interesting phenomenon at the "shore" (as some call it out here), and that's what I call "beach food." In the real world, few of us would generally consider eating much of what is served as "food" in restaurants at the beach. Yelp reviews atoll the greatness of sandwich shops or fried seafood eateries, all of which are grossly overpriced (I'll come back to this point in a minute), but in general, well, it's really all pretty awful. There is the occasional exception (like the kabob shop we found a couple years ago), but for the most part, the food is just plain sub-par.