We got back from Dewey Monday night about 7-ish. The weather stunk for the whole weekend and only cleared up for Sunday - which was gorgeous. The vending tents were taken down and there was no official vending site. By Sunday the vendors scrambled and some of them were vending out of their rooms and on the street. Just a very very sad situation.
On the plus side, since I don't care to buy all that much (my dogs have as many collars and coats as they need) I thought the high gusty winds made the beach very dramatic and spectacular to walk on. You can see some pictures that Jen posted here:
We letterboxed in Rehoboth, Dewey and Lewes, scoring a series of boxes that had been planted for the Delaware games gathering that happened that weekend. Great stamps and locations so we had lots of fun with those. We also boxed on the way down and the return trip.
On the negative side, after four years of doing it, I don't think I am cut out for sharing a house with 13 other people and their dogs. It only took 4 years to figure this out - I never said I was a quick study :-/ I like to think I am fairly social and am a considerate housemate. I don't think the other co-tenants would have much to complain about me. I didn't leave my dogs unsupervised, I didn't eat anyone else's food, I didn't keep anyone awake with loud behavior, I didn't violate anyone's personal space, I didn't mess with anyone else's dog (yes, all those things and more were done). I paid attention to my dogs. I watched them for signs of stress or discomfort. When I saw it, or thought that spaces were getting too crowded, my dogs were put in our room. So what I would like to know is am I a complete misanthrope? Will I always find something to complain about? Am I too critical of other's behavior? No one else (besides Jen who had to put up a Quiet Hours sign on our floor after people started congregating for coffee and chatting outside of our bedroom at 7 the first morning) had any real complaints that I heard. They all seemed more tolerant and accepting and having a great time drinking with each other.
I don't think I am a hardcore paranoid dog owner. I mean, I am careful with my dogs but I don't cosset them or are overly cautious with them. Compared, though, to some others whose demeanors could best be classified as casual or lacksadasical, I am a virtual dog Nazi. It is amazing how little awareness people exhibit of their dogs when they get into social situations. Sorry, but I think if you have that many dogs cohabitating, you better be watching them closely. This is pretty much all I am going to say on the subject except that I am going to try to score a rental so that a few of us uptight dog owners can enjoy our weekend in peace :-)