10 Do's and Don'ts for the Beach or the Park


  1. don't crowd others - if an individual is enjoying some personal time - alone - leave them alone!
  2. keep your kids in reach - which usually means building sandcastles down by the water.
  3. pay attention to the social grouping already started at the beach/park and place yourself accordingly.
  4. clean up after yourself. Leave the space as clean as or cleaner than you found it. Politely remind an offender that they may have forgotten something if they attempt to leave without picking up their mess.
  5. confine noise to your own space - that means your guitar Romeo. Although, I think I'd prefer the guitar over the annoying cell phone conversation.
  6. mind your cigarette smoke, the direction of the wind, and pick up your butts - they're garbage too.
  7. if you are alone, do notice who is around you for safety's sake. If you're doing a quick jaunt to the washroom don't feel embarrassed to politely ask your neighbour if they'd keep an eye on your blanket (take your valuables) let them know you'll be right back. Of course, do the same when they ask you.
  8. don't relieve yourself in the bushes just off the sidewalk. Really.
  9. if you sprinkle when you tinkle, be a sweetie and wipe the seatie.
  10. don't feed the sea gulls!
* photo part of a generous contribution from Could it be Madness - this?

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