Monday, August 07, 2006

JOURNAL: August 7, 2006

The heat wave finally blew away on a few days ago, and we enjoyed a pleasant summer weekend here in Westerly. The beginning of the end for the sultry weather was a wild thunderstorm on Thursday evening -- one of the most ferocious storms I’ve ever witnessed. It only lasted about twenty minutes, but there were dozens (perhaps hundreds) of lightning bolts in that time. It was like being present at a fireworks show when they simultaneously send off countless rockets at the end. Many people lost power, but everyone was pleased with the refreshingly cool air that swept in after the storm. Friday morning dawned clear and serene, and the entire weekend turned out to be one of the most beautiful of the year. Annie was visiting from Brooklyn, and she loved the look of the sunshine and the feel of the resort-like summery air. She celebrated by spending a few hours at the beach with Matty. Later in the day, she and I drove up to Jaimie’s house to pick up his car (she and Gabe will drive it up to Maine for their vacation), and we had a wonderful conversation. I see Annie only every few weeks, and it’s always wonderful to hear how her life is going. She seems very happy right now, which made me very happy to hear.

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