hydrangea blossoming

hydrangea blossoming
Hydrangea on the Edge of Blooming

Friday, July 15, 2011

Laying Back

You walk out the door and there are sounds of kids calling to one another or just calling into the air in the sheer joy of a mostly sunny summer day at the cottage.  Normally, our neighborhood doesn't resonate with the sound of kids, but everytime I walked outdoors today, there it was.

The beach was filled with people doing the kinds of things people do at beaches, and that is very rarely the case here, even in the summer during the week.  Of course, today is Friday, which maybe does not any longer count as a week day.  The International Market was running five check stands when I was there the last couple of times, its parking lot far fuller than normal.  The roads have bikes and cars, but not many walkers once the morning hours are over.

All in all, it is the kind of sunny, warm but not hot, summer day when you can't imagine there is a better place on earth to live than Point Roberts.

And certainly far better than Southern California, where Los Angeles is about to learn how to do without a chunk of the San Diego Freeway for several days.  The purpose of the closure is to build, quickly, an HOV lane.  In honor of this adventure in craziness in the crazy place, some wondrous wit put together a YouTube video to explain exactly what is at stake.  You can see it here.  (There's a very brief commercial at the beginning of the video, but persevere and you will get to see what I think this is one of the ten funniest things I've seen in years.)  It did occur to me after watching it that we are in for something like this when they close down various parts of Tyee this summer to resurface it.  Maybe we should ask Chairman Reber to release his moneys to buy us an HOV lane out of Point Roberts, just to avoid that kind of stress.

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