Anyone short of John Dillinger bringing money to a community is considered a welcome guest, so when a community gets an influx of people each year bringing money to the community who at the same time are really nice, it is doubly wonderful.
Every winter we are visited in the Imperial Valley by thousands of people from the north, from both Canada and the northern parts of our country, who stay for a few months in our mobile home parks and elsewhere, eat in our restaurants, use our recreational facilities, attend our community events and help in the community. And almost all of these visitors go everywhere with a smile.
Who can blame them, really? Most are retired, have enough money to get by, and when things start getting cold up north, they head for the sunshine here just as the orb is losing its burning powers in these parts. The weather the last few weeks, since the snowbirds started arriving, has been nearly perfect, save for a windy or damp day here or there just to break things up a bit.