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Old 05-26-2008, 12:26 PM
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Just got back from our coastal home and I can tell you it's the slowest I've seen down there. Got up early Sunday to go fishing, the ramp I use has limited parking. Got to the ramp about 30 minutes later than our usual time of 6am. I was shocked that there was only 1 truck/trailer there. Other ramps on the island were slack also. The rental house across the street was vacant all weekend (1st time ever). Traffic on the island was down for a Memorial Day weekend and the beach was not as crowded. Caught lots of spanish and blues trolling the inlet and beach.
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Is the lack of traffic at the ramp, waterways and highways a "bad" thing? Seems to me most folks bitch and moan about too much traffic.
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I went to a local state park this weekend. No shortage of idiots there. I thought I was in mexico.
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Hyco Lake had a increased amount of traffic but it was no record breaker. I have seen it a lot busier. The marina looked like a ghost town every time I passed it. They must have priced themselves out of the fuel business.
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Usually on Memorial Day the lake up the street from me has boats thicker than flies on three-day-old roadkill. Not so today. True, the lake is a little bit choppy, but nowhere near what I would call "bad". Plenty of folks at the park, on the beach, and in the water. But sure not many boats.
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Diesel and Gas are pushing $6 dollars a gallon at the fuel dock at my marina. $7 bucks is right around the corner. People are going to start to do cheaper things like stay home or go to nearby parks and things that you can do close to home. Bike Riding is up big time. We did have a ton of boats out on the bay this weekend (today was slow) out west but the roads are clear.
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No shortage of boats in Charleson SC this weekend.
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Default RE: Looks like a slowdown - economy

The local ramp was packed today. Restaurants all packed. Roads full of vehicles. Doesn't seem to be slowing
around here. I hate to say it, but I was kinda looking forward to having more room at the ramps. The housing
market has slowed some. Now, people can actually get a house for what its listed for instead of bidding over
to get the deal. ;?

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Default RE: Looks like a slowdown - economy

bmkshort - 5/26/2008 9:41 PM
I hate to say it, but I was kinda looking forward to having more room at the ramps. The housing
market has slowed some. Now, people can actually get a house for what its listed for instead of bidding over
to get the deal. ;?
Now you are starting to think like a capitalist. Be careful who you share these thoughts with, most self-loathing American's would scorn you for trying to improve your station in life without giving them a free ride with you.

FWIW - nobody is getting the listed price of their real estate. Take 20 percent off that number and see what happens.
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Neighbor just sold their house for 92% of asking price...in 13 days. They close next week. Other neighbor who sold got almost 90% of asking price..after they finally got it in the right ballpark.

Zillow.com says my house has gone up about 3K in the last 30 days, and has gone up about 37% since I bought it 4.5 years ago. In comparison with others, I'd say its about right. I'm glad I have a cheap house.

I too was hoping for less folks at the boat ramp this year:no such luck. More boats than I have ever seen, at least for a holiday.

And I just got a new job that pays a little more and is closer to home. I guess there's a slowdown somewhere..but it ain't here (but for the doom and gloomers)..yet.
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Vineyard Sound was LOADED with boats this weekend.
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The two marinas in my harbor were bustling, and boats were running around the sound. Ramps looked to be pretty packed. From what I heard from a Marina owner on my street, demand is still pretty high for boats to go in early....
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Maine Turnpike was packed solid southbound for about 10 miles yesterday. DeLorme and my GPS worked perfectly getting around it. I'm going to start leaving much later in the day.

The new ride averaged 31 MPG.
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If we're using boat ramps and the amount of boats on the water as an indicator for the economy, then I would think the ecomony is great. We put the boat in yesterday at 6:30 AM and there were only two parking spots left. The local sandbar and island were PACKED with people.
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A few less boats on Indian River Bay DE but a majority are smaller HP pontoons anyway.
Local marina fuel price $ 4.20 Diesel $4.80


The roads were crowded as usual. Fuel $ 3.86 to $ 4.05 DE to PA

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I was down in north palm beach ,lake worth , jupiter inlet and ft pierce inlet .There were boats stacked up.Fun was being had by all!
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Saw the gas station attendant yesterday with a diamond encrusted fuel can on a gold necklace, bling bling all over the place and smiling the whole time.
FARGING ICEHOLE BASTAGES
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adavefish2 - 5/27/2008 2:05 PM Saw the gas station attendant yesterday with a diamond encrusted fuel can on a gold necklace, bling bling all over the place and smiling the whole time. FARGING ICEHOLE BASTAGES
This is FARGIN WAR!

Went to the local marina 2 weeks ago to top off, didn't feel like hauling jugs.I'm so used to paying the price for diesel on the road (4.80), when I saw 4.29 on the pump for gas I actually thought"that's not bad".Got 100 gallons while the price was low.
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Default Re: Looks like a slowdown - economy

Lake where I work was full of campers, but boating was slow. Traffic counter visitation was lowest in last 10 years.
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Traffic on Sunday was bad in the South Jersey area, it took my son 4 hours to go 110 miles to PA. Mucho boats on the water.

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