I was enjoying a solo day at the beach yesterday when the tide started to come up. This tends to confuse tourists who have no concept of beach etiquette, so I braced myself. Sure enough, the two families to the right and left of me slowly inched their makeshift compounds my way, until they were right beside me, completely in my space. Though the tide was high, there was plenty of room on either side where they could have gone, but they had to set up in my area so I could listen to their hick accents go on and on. When one of the families left, they dumped all of their leftover popcorn in front of my chair. Of course, the seagulls descended and it was mayhem until all the crumbs were gone. It was enough to make me want to kick sand in their faces and say get the hell off my beach!