Life in Delaware is awesome. We’ve got great food, great pizza, incredible festivals and fewer crowds than other states in the area. Plus, we pay no sales tax and it’s way cheaper to live here than it is in New Jersey! However, everything is not always perfect in this state, and these minor problems have become such common struggles of Delaware life that we had to take a minute and vent about them! Which of these do you suffer through on a daily basis?
1. Beach Traffic
Particularly this time of the year, beach traffic is BAD. All of the kids are out of school and their families are flooding to the beaches, making it difficult to get just about anywhere on Friday.
2. Finding Good Pizza Outside of Delaware
Sure, New Jersey and Philadelphia make good pies. But, heading south? Pizza in Maryland or Virginia is just sad. And if you leave the Mid-Atlantic area, you're in for a real disappointment. Nobody makes pizza the way that we do.
3. Hearing "Dela-where?"
Life in Delaware wouldn't be the same if we didn't hear this question every time we talk about our state. Har har har. We know you don't know where Delaware is, but that's your problem, not ours. We were the FIRST STATE! We've got the best beaches in the area, our shopping is tax free, our seafood is cheaper and better than most of the places in Maryland, and you'll never find a better community than any of the small towns in Delaware. So, please, do yourself a favor and learn where we are... and then come visit. We'll prove to you that the short stretch of 95 you hit driving through our state isn't all we have to offer.
4. Calculating Sales Tax Out of State
Other states, get it together. Just tell me the price on the shelf, please. I didn't come to your store to do math! And, why are some things taxed and others are not? Are you sure that this is a good idea? Can't we just forget about it altogether?
5. Having to Leave Delaware To Catch Your Flight
Leaving Delaware isn't easy - but that's okay, actually, because our beaches are the best. But, if you do have to fly to another part of the world, you'll have to wander up to Philly, down to Baltimore, or even more down to Dulles (ugh, please, no!).
6. Explaining Scrapple
Just... don't bother. It makes us seem crazier, and the more you get into it, the more you'll find yourself questioning your love for this hodgepodge breakfast meat.
7. Out of State Students at UD Claiming to be Local Experts
Oh, yes. You've spent two semesters on campus, and so now you know all the best local restaurants, and if the canal is the true dividing line, and where to get the best crabcakes in Fenwick Island. Please, tell me more about the state I grew up in, while you've never really left your dorm.
8. Summer Tourists
Don't get me wrong, seasonal business is great for our economy, and some of my best nights in Delaware have been spent on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk mingling in the crowds. But, there's a reason you'll find locals celebrating the start of THEIR summer in September - when schools are back in session and vacationers are far away. Sometimes, life in Delaware is just about having the beach to yourself.
9. Deciding What to Eat for Dinner
There's no shortage of amazing restaurants in every Delaware town - even the smallest ones have incredible hole-in-the-wall joints that will leave you so happy with your meal. It certainly is a struggle to decide WHERE you want to go, through. Seafood or pasta? Pizza or a diner?
10. Knowing Everyone From Delaware
We're quick to roll our eyes when we hear someone say "Oh, I have a friend who is from Delaware! Do you know her?" or "My great grandfather's neighbor lived in Delaware, in a town, do you know which one?" But let's be real here - chances are, we do. And if not personally, then we know someone who knows them, or who is related to them, or lives in Grandpa's former house, actually. It's great for networking when you're looking for a job or a reference, but it can make it hard to escape an embarrassing moment, for sure.