15 Things East Coasters Miss About Summer

15 Things East Coasters Miss About Summer

Being able to stay outside for more than 5 minutes is a big one.

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1. The warm weather

I currently have my heat on, and it's supposed to snow this weekend. I would rather be in shorts, not dreading the brief walk to my car.

2. Beach trips

There is nothing better than some Thrasher's french fries on an Eastern shore beach with the sand between your toes.

3. Not having to bundle up all the time

On most days a winter coat and scarf is a must. I miss being able to throw on some shorts and a baggy tank top.

4. Not having to worry about shoveling

Will the store be out of shovels? Does my apartment complex provide road clearing?

5. Being able to drink fun cocktails outside

Why would you want to sit outside in 20-degree weather with wind chills that bring it into the single digits? A peachy liquor with juice doesn't seem to hit the spot as it does on days above 80.

6. Listening to your summer playlist.

Jake Owens' "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" just doesn't feel the same in January.

7. The BBQs

All I really want is a turkey burger cooked on the grill right now, with a red Solo cup in my hand.

8. Actually being able to hang out outside

Anything outdoors is nearly off limits. Why would you go to the park or go on a hike when you have blankets and a heater at home?

9. Summer water activities

Swimming, fishing, and boating are all essential parts of summer. You can't swim in the creek during the winter, that's for sure.

10.  Having a little bit of a tan

I am the first person to tell you tanning is bad because it damages your skin and makes your prone to skin cancer. However, with more outdoor time you tend to be a little bit tanner, and your legs look slimmer.

11.  Being able to drive with the windows down

Who doesn't love blasting music, going down the highway, windows rolled all the way down?

12.  No school!

No finals, exams, test, quizzes, or assignments for three months. Three sweet months.

13.  Actually spending time with friends

When exams aren't an issue and studying has been pushed into nothing more than a memory, there is more time to hang out with the people you love.

14.  Breaking out the fake tan

Like I said, I am not for tanning, but fake tan is great. Put it on, let it develop over a few hours, and Casper the ghost is gone!

15. Messy hair is acceptable

You just came from the pool, what are you going to do? Brush your hair? Nope!

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8 Types Of People Fetuses Grow Into That 'Pro-Lifers' Don't Give 2.5 Shits About

It is easy to fight for the life of someone who isn't born, and then forget that you wanted them to be alive when you decide to hate their existence.

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For those in support of the #AbortionBans happening all over the United States, please remember that the unborn will not always be a fetus — he or she may grow up to be just another person whose existence you don't support.

The fetus may grow up to be transgender — they may wear clothes you deem "not for them" and identify in a way you don't agree with, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them a mentally unstable perv for trying to use the bathroom.

The fetus may grow up to be gay — they may find happiness and love in the arms of someone of the same gender, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them "vile" and shield your children's eyes when they kiss their partner.

The fetus may grow up and go to school — to get shot by someone carrying a gun they should have never been able to acquire, and their life will mean nothing to you when your right to bear arms is on the line.

The fetus may be black — they may wear baggy pants and "look like a thug", and their life will mean nothing to you when you defend the police officer who had no reason to shoot.

The fetus may grow up to be a criminal — he might live on death row for a heinous crime, and his life will mean nothing to you when you fight for the use of lethal injection to end it.

The fetus may end up poor — living off of a minimum wage job and food stamps to survive, and their life will mean nothing to you when they ask for assistance and you call them a "freeloader" and refuse.

The fetus may end up addicted to drugs — an experimentation gone wrong that has led to a lifetime of getting high and their life will mean nothing to you when you see a report that they OD'd and you make a fuss about the availability of Narcan.

The fetus may one day need an abortion — from trauma or simply not being ready, and her life will mean nothing to you as you wave "murderer" and "God hates you" signs as she walks into the office for the procedure.

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Do not tell me that you are pro-life when all of the above people could lose their lives in any way OUTSIDE of abortion and you wouldn't give 2.5 shits.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is gay or trans, you will berate them for who they are or not support them for who they love.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is poor or addicted, you will refuse the help they desperately need or consider their death a betterment of society.

You fight for the baby to be born, but when the used-to-be-classroom-of-fetuses is shot, you care more about your access to firearms than their lives.

It is easy to pretend you care about someone before they are even born, and easy to forget their birth was something you fought for when they are anything other than what you consider an ideal person.

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To The People Who Feel It's Okay To Unnecessarily Ruin Someone's Day, Karma Will Come For You

You can't control who someone is, but you can control how you react.

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For all the people who feel like it's necessary to ruin someone else's day because you feel like it, this is for you.

Two days ago, a guy in a hoodie and sweats comes into our store. I had no idea how this guy would act, and there were no indicators that he would do what he did next.

The guy came back to return a textbook he rented from us at the beginning of the semester. As the manager, I am not typically interacting with customers directly unless a conflict arises. On this particular day, we did not have as many employees on staff.

I was training a new employee when the guy entered. He came in alone. Like usual, he comes to the front counter requesting that I process the return. Of course, I have to follow policy strictly. Part of our evaluation process when customers return rentals is to make sure they brought the book back in sellable condition, meaning the book cannot be torn or have any staining or water damage.

The guy's textbook was alarmingly damaged.

Not only did he have tearing on the front cover, but he also had moderate water damage where it started to cover the text inside the book. The water damage bled into several pages. I could not do anything to make an exception because in his case, the book had too much damage.

The time of reckoning was upon me and I had no idea.

I thought it would be the normal reaction of being upset or frustrated, but this guy flipped - and not it in the way you would expect. He began to debate why he should be able to have the return processed and be free from responsibility for the damages.

No matter what his argument was, I never planned on taking the book back.

I tried to tell him his options, but he was more concerned with reversing the blame onto us and kept cutting me off. I just stopped talking until he was finished.

He used an example of a rental car, saying that when you rent a car, the car is used and so it can show more signs of use and still be returned. He said that he knows to take pictures of any damages to the car if he rents out a car with existing damages, and that is not a policy that goes with books.

However, we have a policy in place that allows a customer to inform us that their rental has existing damages so we can put that in our system. The catch is they would have to tell us before the end of the semester when the deadline to return the rental rolls around.

This guy not only kept his rental the entire semester, but he also never told anyone on staff in the time he had.

His reasoning was that it should not be a requirement to have documentation of damages for used books because they are used.

At the end of it all, he demands our corporate office's phone number and my name. I give him both.

The next day, I was doing something up front when an employee informs me that they have a damaged rental. As soon as I looked at the book, I could tell it was the rude guy again.

I walked right past the customer without looking at his face, not expecting it to be the same guy trying to return the book again. I do not know what he thought was going to happen. I believe he thought a different person would trip up and he could get away with it, except that didn't happen.

I went back to the front knowing what to expect from this guy...until his aggressiveness escalated from the last time he came in.

He went from agitated to disrespectful. I realized he was sexist and misogynistic as he tried to speak down to me and make me feel incompetent.

One of my employees immediately intervened in the interaction and shut him down, demonstrating how intelligent women are.

She deconstructed his argument and countered with actual logic. He would not give up and finally demanded to speak to my supervisor. He spoke to him and an investigation is in progress, but I have been informed the result will be that he gets charged for the damages.

This felt amazing because he made me feel angry right before an exam, which I barely made it to on time because of him.

Something to keep in mind for those of you who are selfish and don't care about other people's feelings is that you may succeed in hurting someone, but karma always comes back around.

You have everything to lose and nothing to gain when you are apathetic.

I hope my story reassures people who read this, things get better. The bad can get worse sometimes, but it doesn't stay that way. When you're down, the only way is up.

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