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Coastal Delaware Residents' Hoarding Ritual

Posted by on Saturday, January 19th, 2013 at 1:59pm.

coastal-delaware-residents-hoarding-ritualThere is a ritual that seems a bit early to most people. But it’s right about now that locals start hoarding quarters for the up-coming season. Until recently, you couldn’t give away this change. We know, before you turn around it will the time to feed those hungry meters.

So we reluctantly hand them over; I say reluctantly because something in the back of our minds prods us to be careful. We can’t quite remember why this currency is so valuable. Our minds are cluttered with stuff about, “Downton Abbey,” and episodes of, “Honey Boo Boo.” In other words, every television train wreck that is possible to watch during waking hours.

But for me, this ritual is crucial since I am one of those people who can’t even remember where I parked my car, let alone to stock up on quarters. Most locals flee the town before the 10am requirement starts ticking.

Now there is a new way to pay for your meter. You no longer have to stand there and shove these quarters down the meter’s throat. There is an app that you can get on your phone, where you pay for the time and it even will beep your iPhone on the beach to let you know your meter has almost expired.

Gee what could go wrong? I don’t know, since I’ve never used this service, but I’ve seen just as many people not only arguing with the meter but also their phone. As long as we you don’t hear that annoying voice say,”If you’d like to make a call, please hang up and try again,” I say go for it.

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