I’ve been asking myself this question since the internet started it’s growth spurt in the nineties. At the time, I was excited about the promise of the web, and its potentially limitless access to information and entertainment. Now here we are, more than twenty years later, and things have changed dramatically.
The problem is no longer a lack of resources – it’s the dizzying array of choices. So, what do we need to survive? I believe we need filters. And I think the best filter isn’t an algorithm; it’s “old school” word of mouth.
So, here in the pages of The Real Life Survival Guide, you’ll find conversations about the things that are most worthy of our attention in this increasingly noisy world. I’ll offer my suggestions, and ask that you share yours from time to time.
Which brings me to Chick’s in West Haven.
My wife was reading my mind the other day when she suggested a lunch date at the beach. We’ve been really busy this summer, and under the weight of tuition obligations an extended vacation isn’t in the cards. With that in mind, I’ve been pining for some beach time, and when she Chick’s, I jumped at the chance.
It was a perfect getaway. We were there in 10 minutes. The lobster roll was amazing, as were the fries and clam chowder, all eaten outside with a view of Long Island Sound. And then, beach chairs in hand, a walk across the street to the beach. (Chick’s includes free beach parking as an amenity.)
We sunned ourselves, talked, and watched a kid eat bird feathers. When we’d had enough, we were home in 10 minutes. Unsolicited advice: whether it’s Chick’s or a great spot in your neighborhood, get put of the house for a stolen few hours now and then. Don’t talk about it, do it. You’ll be amazed…
Chicks 183 Beach Street West Haven, Connecticut 06516 (203) 934-4510
What’s your favorite ‘quarter-day-trip’?