“Spring makes everything young again except man.”

I’m sorry about yesterday, but I worked the Boston Marathon and the standing and the heat got to me. My job is volunteer lunch distribution at Copley Square where the marathon ends. We put bags of chips and stuff together, pass them and sandwiches out and feed around 1000 people. The tent was quite warm in the 85° heat. Luckily it was going to become an auxiliary medical tent so they started air-conditioning at eleven, and that felt great. We had to be finished our jobs by noon, and we did. I then walked to the T at Arlington, rode to Quincy, got my car and drove home. When I got home at 2:30, having left at 6:40, I weighed writing Coffee against taking a nap. You know what won!

The city was filled with people. All the outdoor cafes had no empty tables, and people were just meandering or heading to the Sox game or going to watch part of the marathon. The Public Garden had people sitting on benches enjoying the coolness of the shade from trees overhead. I sighed as I sat down in the air-conditioned T car. It was just too darn hot for mid-April.

The Cape reached the low 70’s yesterday and is 73° right now. The sun is hot. No rain is in the forecast, and everything is really dry. A red flag alert has been posted which means we have critical fire weather conditions. My lawn water system was turned on today as my grass is already brown in spots where there is no shade. I remember complaining a few weeks back about three days in a row of rain, and I guess Mother Nature took it to heart.

When I was working, I used to go Europe every April vacation. I went a few times with my sister and several times with my parents. We seldom had a set route or destination. We’d mostly stay in one country the whole week and stop when we were tired. My favorite country was Portugal, but my favorite trip was the one with my parents and my sister when we traveled to Belgium and the Netherlands. We laughed a lot especially after we got stopped at a border station by a very angry guard. It seems we had driven back and forth through the border three times trying to find our road. We explained, but he was not amused. We looked solemn enough while he reprimanded us, but once on our way we had to laugh at the whole adventure. There he was sitting in his guard-house watching us fly by him not once but three times. Good thing we were just stupid tourists!

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18 Comments on ““Spring makes everything young again except man.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Best effort was reversing in to a square in Rome when I missed my turn. “Tourist” I shouted at the irate policeman, “Take the second turn on the right” he replied in perfect English

    Toughest border ? Lhasa,Tibet. Not only having to get the big red permit to get in to the Region, but having suffered through the rigors of Lhasa airport, we were all stopped again at a security point on the main road from the airport in to the city. Still the coolest place that I have been, although the food was, at best, dodgy

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Easiest border: between Burkina Faso (then Upper Volta) and Niger-a long stick with each side leaning on a barrel on the sides of the road.

      • Hedley Says:

        Rubbish Border ? Basel Switzerland, no I am not hannibal (elephant guy) and no I dont want your $60 permit to drive on your roads as a tourist.

  2. katry Says:

    My Dear Hedley,
    I would have figured Hannibal out-never once thought Lector though I suppose that might then be considered a meal tax.

  3. Hedley Says:

    Just in case you thought I was carrying Chianti or something. The elephant guy was pretty cool assuming that he really did steer a “Nellie” over the Alps. God bless Mandy Miller – one song and so many happy children

  4. olof1 Says:

    I can’t say I would like 85F this time of year but it’s sure better than what we had, snow! The grass is brown here as well but that’s just because it hasn’t gone green yet 🙂

    I think Portugal is the best country I’ve been to too! Everyone is polite and most of them seems to speak english too. But I have tox say walking through Paris with my brother is the funniest trips I’ve had. Especially since he lived there for over five years and hated the French people all the time 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Everyone is impolite and waiters really doesn’t care about Your order, they bring what ever they like instead 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      My sister had snow the other night in Colorado, and they have also had really hot weather. There’s is just crazy weather.

      I loved Paris, but I know what your brother means about the French. They seem to sneer when you don’t speak French or speak it poorly as I do.

      The day was fine!

      I hope your night is a good one!

  5. Zoey & Me Says:

    Morning Joe broadcasts from Fenway Park this Friday. You may want to watch it. There are some things on Coffee we just have to remember. The Marathon is one which I had a sense was coming up but that’s a big day for you so you’re excused from blogging. I bet it was fun. You have the heat we have down here. Our A/C has been running all week. Ugh.

    • katry Says:

      Z&Me,
      I don’t think I’m up early enough to watch though I could set my alarm. I figure he’s broadcasting from there as Friday is Fenway’s 100th birthday!

      Thanks for forgiving my Marathon day!

  6. Bill S. Says:

    My experience in Portugal was limited to an in-transit 18-hour visit with a day room in a beautiful hotel in Lisbon, on my way to Angola. I arrived from Newark, overnight flight, and was supposed to fly to Angola that evening at 8:00, so I had the chance to wander the city a bit before dinner. After dinner I was told the flight was cancelled, so all those affected were transported down the coast to another beautiful hotel for the night. The next morning I flew to Angola and arrived at 5:00 pm. Lisbon was fantastic, but not enough time there.

    You’re right about the Burkina Faso border–I don’t even remember needing a visa to go back and forth. I do remember the coup of 1972, when one of the PC nurse volunteers was stuck in Burkina Faso, and Ghana border guards wouldn’t let her return–maybe she was a terrorist. Someone managed to get word to Bolgatanga, so I hopped on my moto and went to the border in Paga to vouch for her and bring her back to Bolga. I guess without me, she might still be there (not a bad thing).

    • katry Says:

      Bill,
      Never having a visa for Upper Volta wasn’t a problem as we used to tell the border guard we were just going to Ouga for the weekend, and he’d let us pass. It was so much easier going to Ouga than Accra, and the restaurants were great and the air-conditioned hotels cheap.

      One vacation, though, I was going into Ouga at the airport having flown from Niamey, Niger. Of course I had no visa, and the airport customs wasn’t going to let me in. Where he thought I’d go I have no idea. Luckily Lynn Phillips was with me and she was fluent in French so she talked my way into the country. It was an ungodly hour of the morning so we fell asleep on the couches at the airport. When we woke up, the workers were all standing there holding their brooms and waiting for us to wake up before they started work. Only in Africa!

  7. Bob Says:

    I think the Boston Marathon is the oldest one in the US and I have no desire nor the ability to even walk 26 miles much less run that far. If my memory serves me isn’t Copley Square near Fenway Park? The last time I was in Boston was in 1995 and my memory of the distances getting a little foggy. In 1995 I was working on a project in the Boston area with one of our engineers who comes from Sri Lanka. He wanted to visit his sister and I wanted to visit my uncle and aunt whom I had not seen in over twenty years. We had one rental car and decided to visit them at the same time. It turned out that they both lived in Brookline about two blocks from each other. Is today the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park?

    Today the weather in Dallas is partly cloudy and 77 degrees. April and October are the nicest time to be in North Texas. During August the famous line about mad dogs and Englishman only being crazy enough to go out in the noon day sun.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Copley Square isn’t all that far away, but it is easier to get there on the T rather than walk from Copley.

      Next Friday is the 100th birthday of Fenway Park-big doings on that day.

      It was hot here on the Cape today, got as high as 77°. Rain is actually predicted for this weekend!

  8. Matthew Stafford Says:

    Maximum Number of Prime Time games allowed by the NFL…Five. Number of Prime Time games for the Detroit Lions in 2012 …Five
    SUH !!!!!!
    Get ready, here we come

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Matthew,
      “The Lions released their 2012 regular season schedule Tuesday. Four primetime games highlight the team’s slate of 16 games.” (From channel 7 news, WXYZ)

      Same number as the Patriots except theirs includes Thanksgiving!

      • Matthew Stafford Says:

        Thank you Kat, here are the big five for the United States
        Sunday Sept 16 @ San Fran, 8.30 on NBC, Monday Oct 22 @ Chicago 8.30 on ESPN, Thanksgiving at home to Houston, Sunday Dec 7 @ Green Bay @8.20 on NBC and Sat Dec 22 at home to Atlanta @ 8.30 on ESPN

        The NFL brings you the Detroit Lions coast to coast and KTCC remains the favorite blog site of America’s Team.

  9. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    My friend was running in the marathon on Monday. She had to drop out at the 20 mile mark. She couldn’t walk in a straight line anymore. Since her goal was to finish without an injury she decided she should probably stop at that point. It was up in the 90’s by then, I think. I was out and about during some of that time and when I got back home I checked her progress on line. I was stupefied to realize that she had been running in that heat for over 3 hours. I had been driving around in AC and I was wiped. Don’t know how she did it.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I don’t know how she did it either. It was hot just passing out the lunches in the tent. I have never seen so much medical personnel for any other marathon. The paper gave a number of runners who were hospitalized, and it was a small amount. I was surprised given the heat.


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