Real Yumans adjust to winter population
Hey, Mike Abramson. You have a valid point, but you're wrong. Yuma is just as vibrant in July as it is in January when it comes to business and the unemployment percentage. I have lived here since 2003. I know how the influx of winter visitors affects everything in the fall.
In June I can drive to work in 10 minutes easily. In December it takes at least 30 minutes because of the population boom. I don't go to any businesses that close for the summer as they are catering to the snowbirds and not the people of Yuma. I know several people who do the same.
I have no problem adjusting to the population explosion every fall. You just have to adjust a little and accept the fact that traffic is heavier, check out lines are longer and restaurants will have waiting lines. No big deal. Real Yumans adjust.
I still don't understand why winter visitors have a hard time figuring out the fast lane is exactly that. The fast lane. And yes, it is almost always an out of state plate. What complainers have to do is just relax and deal with it. It's not going to help to get mad and road rage-ish.
When I retire, I plan on touring Oregon, Washington, and other northern states in the summer time about five miles an hour under the speed limit everywhere I go in the passing lane.