“Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn’t block traffic.”

Yesterday was muggy and the afternoon was rainy, but I was glad for the rain since the cape has joined most of the rest of the state in an official drought. It rained enough all day to water my deck plants and for Gracie to get wet every time she went outside and for her to leave muddy paw prints every time she came inside.

Today is a delight. The humidity is gone, and there is a cool breeze strong enough to wave the branches. It is so pleasant to have windows open.

The cape will be inundated with tourists this weekend. It is the last big weekend of the summer and the weather will be lovely: in the mid-70’s during the days and the mid-60’s at night. Rain is forecast for Monday which seems like a metaphor for summer’s end. Cars will be bumper to bumper on the highway, all of them trying to get over the bridge and off the cape. In some years the wait was so long people played frisbee on the wide, grassy median.

When I was a kid, Labor Day really meant the end of summer traffic. Motels and restaurants closed. One-way roads went back to two-way. Main streets were no longer filled with cars. Parking lots were empty. Downtown Hyannis was like a ghost town, but things have changed. The secret is out: fall on the cape is the most wonderful time of year.  The tourist season now extends to Columbus Day weekend. Buses have joined the cars on main roads like Route 28. They rumble from site to site. They stop at the outlets and at the Christmas Tree Shop. A bus in any parking lot is a tell-tale sign to keep going. It is like a giant neon light which screams Tourists! Beware!

Fern seems a bit better, but I don’t think she is eating anything but treats. I keep offering different foods hoping she’ll be enticed. Maybe I’ll have to buy a can of human tuna. She does like the juice.

I’m thinking a deck day today. There might not be all that many left.

 

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8 Comments on ““Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn’t block traffic.””

  1. Morpfy Says:

    Working Blues

    My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got
    Canned…. Couldn’t concentrate

    Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn’t hack it
    So …they gave me the axe

    After that I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn’t suited for it
    Mainly because it was a so-so job

    Next I tried working in a muffler factory, but that
    Was exhausting

    I wanted to be a Barber, but.. I just couldn’t cut it

    Then I tried to be a chef. Figured it would add alittle spice to my life
    But I just …didn’t have the thyme

    I attempted to be a deli worker, but any way I sliced it
    …I couldn’t cut the mustard

    My best job was being a musician, but eventually I found
    … I wasn’t noteworthy

    I studied a long time to become a doctor, But
    …I didn’t have any patients

    Next was a job in a shoe factory. I tried but
    …I just didn’t fit in

    I became a professional fisherman, but discovered
    ..I couldn’t live on my net income

    I managed to get a good job working for a pool maintenance company
    But the work.. just to draining

    Next , I found being an electrician interesting, but the work was
    Shocking and I was …discharged

    After many years of trying to find steady work. I finally got a job as a historian until I realized.. There was no future in it

    So I retired and I found I’m a perfect fit for this job

  2. olof1 Says:

    The day started rather nice but it has been a down hill street after that. It is raining quite a lot now, the humidity is high and the temperature is falling so the radiators are on. Rather perfect weather to do nothing on to be honest 🙂

    I can’t remember when I tought end of summer had come but I guess I thought autumn was here when the leafs started to change color, some years early and other years late 🙂 the beginning of school had very little to do with it anyway.

    Thankfully no tourists here after the cranes have moved north in spring, now it is the tractors that stop all traffic instead.Harvesting season is upon us.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Except for the cold, it sounds like my yesterday. It was hot enough for the air conditioning. You’re so right about it being perfect to do nothing.

      North of me, toward Boston, has changing leaves earlier than here and far more trees. Mostly we have oak trees with fall leaves turning red. We are an ocean resort so the end of summer means the end of tourists. School also starts next week.

      The tourists do keep my real estate taxes low so I suppose I shouldn’t complain too much.

      Have a great Friday!!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Just thinking how a human tuna may look like, a big fat hairy fish with arms and legs? No, I know. Good luck and best wishes for Fern!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Funny!! I did mean tuna for humans instead of tuna for cats. I’m thinking your tuna needs a mustache and a fedora.

  4. Bob Says:

    Although labor unions are no longer a major force in this country we still celebrate the end of summer by honoring working folks. And we wonder why the middle class is shrinking.

    Here the traditional end of summer is the start of high school football which began a week ago. Normally the summer heat doesn’t subside until mid September but this year today’s high shouldn’t even reach ninty degrees. There’s probably more hot days coming this month.

    Soon it will be Thanksgiving and the Holiday madness. Where has 2016 gone? Every year seems to go by in a flash. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      School hasn’t yet started here so no football games. All the fall teams have been practicing for two weeks, the time dictated to by the state high school athletic association, but games won’t start for a couple of weeks at least.

      The theory about time is easy to understand. When you were 6, the year was 1/6th of your life. Now each year seems so much shorter as we are so much older.


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