There seems to be an unusual amount of tension in the air. The weather is changing, and the oil man is visiting for the first time as the seasons shift. But we can all take heart as we have a host of important, semi-important, and just plain strange things we can look forward to in the coming weeks. Here are just a few highlights–
Monday October 24th is United Nations Day. Regardless of religion, race, nationality, or political identification, we can all share the hope that refugees/immigrants and stateless people are being fed and have clean water. Everyone. Everywhere.
As of Friday October 28th, we will no longer be able to use cash on the Massachusetts Turnpike (the road that our parents finished paying for in 1959). At midnight, construction crews will begin the 24/7 demolition of the toll booths and their plaza areas, including the underground tunnels used by Turnpike employees. The work is “expected” to be completed within 30 days. Yes, that’s right—just in time for Thanksgiving weekend. Imagine Sturbridge (and the “expected” demolition of its 14 toll booths, seven in each direction) on Wednesday evening, November 23rd.
Perhaps this venture was scheduled for the 28th of October because it is also National Chocolate Day. There is some kind of nexus there, but unless Hershey bars are free that day, I can’t find it.
October 31st is Halloween, unless your town has moved it to another night in order to supposedly ease the headaches associated with the sugar high that parents and teachers end up having to cope with on the day after. And if you are concerned about your own treats, I suggest storing them in an opaque broccoli bag in the freezer. The grandkids will never find them there.
I dare not delve too deeply into the month of November because the Red Sox aren’t in the World Series, and if there is snow on the ground … well, it might just get ugly.
Speaking of ugly, the Commonwealth, in its infinite wisdom, has chosen the weekend of November 4th through the 6th to close (that’s completely close, as in nada, bupkis) Route 128, the road we love to hate. And because that is not enough of a sucker punch, we also turn our clocks back on Saturday night November 5th. November 6th might be a good time to read every page of the Sunday New York Times because the world—without Route 128 and time having backtracked–will be very different It could also be a good time to binge watch I Love Lucy episodes–after all, the time to laugh over the cartoons and comedians who have profited from this election cycle will be coming to a close.
And, of course, it could well be time to change the batteries in those smoke detectors and CO alarms. Which will prepare us for Tuesday November 8th, Election Day.
After a collective deep breath, we will then move to honoring the bravery and sacrifices of our military on Friday November 11th, Veterans Day. Let’s keep our current soldiers and their families in our prayers that day.
Saturday, November 12th might just be a perfect time to head to the library and stock up on some good books, gas up the car or pick up the phone to order our favorite pies on National Pizza Day.
And did I mention that it may well be time to change the batteries in the smoke detectors and CO alarms? (Worked for the State Fire Marshal for 12 years…but I need to be reminded too!)
Leave it to Lydia to provide us with entertaining, uplifting items!