But as I looked around, I realized that lots of other people have very different ideas about the best way to spend a seaside Sunday. It turns out that not everyone wants to sit and eat. Don't ask me why.
The Exercisers: You know the type. They each run energetically past you, or skate or skateboard or bicycle or maybe just walk at a fast clip. And they delight in doing this as you sit there, eating. Still, I have to admire their ambitious approach to weekends. (I like to think they all meet up somewhere for burgers and fries after their workout.) The Readers: At the opposite end of the activity scale, the readers take their sitting-by-the-sea very seriously. Hey, at least I get exercise by lifting a fork to my mouth. But not the readers. They just grab their books and settle in motionlessly for hours, whether with a paperback or a tablet. Personally, I'd rather look at the ocean than at a book but who am I to judge? I guess they're having fun. The Socializers: I watched a group of 12 socializers on Sunday coming out of my café, all laughing and teasing together. Some folks prefer visiting the Atlantic Ocean in packs, creating their own mobile par-tay. I suspect Sunday socializers are fueled by quantities of healthy Sunday beverages - like mimosas, mojitos and margaritas. Oh, yeah, then there's all those other people who go to the beach too. They simply slather on sunscreen all day and lie in the sun and play with beachballs or Frisbees and maybe take a dip in the sea now and then. Some of them venture out a bit farther by riding waverunners or floating under parasails or whatever else. As it happens, this category of weekend beachgoers often makes up the majority of the seaside crowd at Greater Fort Lauderdale's Blue Wave beaches. Okay, sure. To each their own. It's just hard to see why I'd want to complicate a perfectly fine Sunday beach visit with something like exercise or reading or sunbathing when I could simply sit there eating. There's nothing complicated about a glass of OJ and a Greek salad. But don't try to explain this to the exercisers among us - they'll never understand.