Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pre-Tourist Season

Photo by SnaggleTooth April 2010
Here's a pic of the bluff over the main front beach from the empty village pier last week. There's a few folks up there admiring the view, but believe me, this scene will crowd in fiercely by July, n not just the tree leaves...
I love this time of year because it's still sparcely populated, n other town folks won't crowd in on you when you're out for a bit of fresh air.
This week-end brings a Massachusetts Fave holiday, "Patriots Day" on monday. It's the re-enactment of "the shot heard around the world" at the beginning of the American Revolution (Battle of Lexington) in Concord n Lexington. As if that's not enough fun, watching Colonial guys in three-cornered hats fire muskets at the red-coats, it's also school vacation week for the kids.
The gumdrop on top is the Boston Marathon also making it Marathon Monday. I used to go watch the race from a mid-point location with family folks every year, n clap all day for the thousands of runners, most of whom are running to raise bux for charities, (like the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute). This year- (you've guessed it)- I'm working every day until after all this major state hoopla is over... Again I miss the big party!
But with so many folks from around the globe visiting Eastern MA for these popular events, work orders are up, n I'm exhausted trying to keep up with the big numbers. The folks downstairs have been away n I'm hoping it's their break too, n they'll be away all week- Sleep may be too much to ask for... Feels like I'm in a marathon already!


At 7:24 AM, Blogger Lynn said...

Hopefully those folks from around the globe will be able to get there - that volcano in Iceland is having monumental repercussions for travel. I hope those folks downstairs are off for awhile and you can get some sleep.

At 7:44 AM, Blogger G. B. Miller said...

We in Connecticut used to love Patriots Day.

Back in the day before the IRS did its wonderful re-org and made us send our returns to Kansas City, we used to send them to Andover. And because we used to send them to Andover, more often than not, we would get an extra day to get our taxes (both state and federal) done, because of Patriots Day.

At 9:50 AM, Blogger TALON said...

I"m glad you'll have some peace and quiet around home for the week, Snaggle! Hope you're getting seasonal temps for all the festivities. It's been snow-showering here the last couple of days. Winter seems reluctant to let Spring take over.

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Blue Bunny said...

i wishing i livved neer yoo, so prety there.

i heered of a big volkano, i wunder if less peepils wil be in the rase becuase they cood not fly aacrost the oshin to yor plase.

oh, i see lynn is reeding my mind on that, now i see she kommint!

injoy yor peese and qwiets.

blue bunny
wit loves

At 6:51 PM, Blogger Cloudia said...

yes, we know what it's like to have visitors too, LOL

Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

At 3:08 AM, Blogger Snaggle Tooth said...

Lynn, I heard today many runners may not get to fly into town from Europe due to the Iceland volcano eruption. Also I heard there was an air quality warning issued for New England because of the fallout.
our rain today way've helped that a bit.

G, I sent to Andover MA for years also! Darn progress, messing with that extra day to do the nasty forms! If you're in a "Flood county" from a couple weeks ago- there is an automatic extension I read! Hope your forms got mailed on time- I was 2 days early.

Talon, Sorry to hear the snow is pooping on your spring this week! It's been pretty cool here- just above freezing tho- It was so warm for that one day- I want it back!
I do really need quiet n sleep, thanks

BB, The volcano is really messing things up for alot of folks! Today I saw pics of the plume producing lightning! Now the ash clouds are going to be in the atmosphere for months! Usually folks from Africa win the marathon- they'll get here. Thanks- Peace - Ah!

Cloudia, Thanks for coming to check on me- I'm having computer problems, but will try to visit soon-
I bet tropical Hawaii has tourists all year long? Aloha

At 7:50 AM, Blogger Erica B said...

i have a co worker who is my age, who runs in all the big races he can including the Boston Marathon. Those were good times sitting on the sidelines and cheering on people you didn't even know. It was such an expecting thing for several years that I remember we used to have the day of because it was simply known as Marathon Monday, not because it was Patriots Day. and now we have a federal Patriot Day in September to commemorate 9/11 that every year, I'm all, "WTF is patriot Day and why is it in Sept?" then I realize the day, and it clicks.. but way to go for the feds to confuse all of us. Hope fully you are able to get some rest in the next few days with the brats gone.

At 3:33 AM, Blogger Snaggle Tooth said...

MB, I really respect folks who think nothing of running 26 miles- which reminds me I wonder how Dari's been doing. She did Boston once n said that was enough- The Heartbreak Hill section is known to be tough, n we always parked before it!
Guess downstairs kids were only out for the long week-end- Rats! (They're back~)

At 2:42 PM, Blogger Cloudia said...

Take it one lovely step at a time!

Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

At 4:35 PM, Blogger ... Paige said...

a good shot, I do so enjoy me a good re-enactment, we get the civil war ones down here

and the next revolution will not be televised

At 4:34 AM, Blogger Snaggle Tooth said...

Cloudia, Thanks, I do tend to think many steps ahead... Aloha!

Paige, You have to go to the re-enactments to get a show- or just see news snippets.
I was irritated because the marathon wasn't covered in real time by local stations on tv this year! Usually I get to watch it- not this year.
That one started with a tea party too-


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