We asked on Facebook: In a community often filled with visitors, what are sure-fired ways to spot a local?
The speed with which a person walks in downtown Galveston. A local walks rapidly with a specific destination in mind. Tourists amble and stop abruptly, usually right in the path of a local trying to get somewhere.
– Holly Thorson
They avoid driving on the seawall most of the year.
– Cynthia Wander
In Kemah, we walk to our favorite restaurant, no paid parking for us.
– Sylvia Streater
A Katie’s fish market shirt. Flip-flops in the winter.
– Kimberly Walker Hedderman
We all wear boaters. Deck shoes to those who don’t know what boaters are. Without socks. If a tourist tries to emulate us, they make the mistake of putting on socks with the boaters.
– Rick Wade
Sure-fired way to spot a local: BOI (Born on the Island) necklace charm or an island sticker on their car. Also — GBC (Galveston By Choice) sticker.
– Concetta Ann Maceo
I think it’s often by what they don’t do. Drive wrong way, turn at 25th and Broadway, go to the seawall on a Saturday during the season. We do go to Sonny’s on Friday.
– Robert Zahn
The locals know that it’s OK to run the red lights when they are stopped in the esplanade on Broadway.
– Billy Cochrane
The locals won’t wait for green lights to cross Broadway.
– Melissa Lockhart
Fridays and Saturdays in the summertime, the locals arrive at Moody Gardens after 6 p.m. when tourists are just leaving.
– Rosalind Richard
Locals stay in the far right lane on 61st Street when leaving Galveston and move over quickly when they approach Broadway; they stay in the far left lane when coming into Galveston until they get close to Stewart Road and then move to the far right lane when they get to Stewart Road to turn right.
– Andrea Pieri Sunseri
Locals spend a lot of time on avenues O and P all summer.
– Jerry Curran Luedecke
They’re in a golf cart!
– John Nagy
Cooking crabs on the beach — the ones you just caught.
– Michael Banuelos
They’re tan, good-looking and riding their bicycles down the seawall late summer afternoons, maneuvering themselves in and out of the crowds with no problems whatsoever.
– Charlie Tombrella
They revel at walking the beaches after Labor Day when they get their island back.
– Linda Bell Burton
Tourists are the ones in the grocery stores on the weekends because locals have already stocked up and hunkered down during the week in tourist season.
– Beth Arnette Wade
By the way they say their alphabet: “A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, N½, O, O½, P, P½ …” Credit that joke to some funny dude at Bubba’s Thursday street party a few years back.
– Mark Johnstone
Flip-flops and shorts in winter!
– Chriss Sendejas
Locals stay away from the beaches during summer. We have cocktail parties at home. And we surely don’t tell tourists about avenues O and P.
– Doreen Hughes
Locals wear flip-flops regardless of the season.
– Patti Abschneider