Bad traffic during rush hour, massive lines at supermarkets and bad weather on what was a scheduled beach day can bum a Long Islander out. But there's also plenty of reasons to smile. Sometimes, you just have to look at the bright side.
A perfect pie(Credit: John Griffin)
You show up to buy a slice of Margherita pizza and the pie just came out of the oven.
Life is a highway(Credit: David Reich-Hale )
This is Sunrise Highway at 8:30 a.m. on a weekday. It's smooth sailing. How fortunate.
Hey, she's famous!(Credit: Myra Jawdoszyn)
The entertainment industry has made plenty of trips to Long Island, but how often do you run into one of the stars? Pete and Pam Maraia of Malverne were as lucky as could be when Liv Tyler stopped at their Malverne home during a filming of HBO's "The Leftovers" on Friday, May 2, 2014.
Stop before turning(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)
You made a right on red without coming to a complete stop and there was no red light camera.
Splish, splash(Credit: Barry Sloan)
Is this how you're spending a summer day? Spray parks such as the one at the Town of Babylon's Geiger Lake Memorial Park are a fortunate place to spend quality time.
Ticket time(Credit: Tara Conry )
Your parking meter expired five minutes before you got back to the car ... and this wasn't on your windshield.
Sea shell(Credit: David Reich-Hale )
Long Island has miles and miles of beaches, so look down for a minute. You might see something as pretty as a shell on top of a pile of seaweed.
Snow day(Credit: James Carbone)
Look outside. Now look at this picture of Davey Gradano using a snowblower in front of a bagel shop near the LIRR station in Ronkonkoma on Jan. 3, 2014. It's not always like this, unless you're reading this list in January, in which case, never mind.
It's free, sometimes(Credit: David Reich-Hale)
Like all state parks, Belmont Lake State Park often has a fee. But not always. If you've pulled in to a New York park and didn't have to pay, that's great. And it's lucky.
The trains roll along(Credit: Craig Ruttle)
A work stoppage nearly stalled the Long Island Rail Road. But a deal was reached. Commuters ... consider yourself lucky.
Place your bets(Credit: Dave Lyons)
Racing fans are seen placing bets at the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Belmont Park in Elmont. The lucky ones went home as winners.