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May 30, 2013

To park or not to park ...

Every so often one’s plans go awry. And sometimes it is really rather disappointing. But every so often the opportunity arises to transform the situation into something which works out to be quite all right.

And such was the case with us last week. After voting in the school election, we decided, since we were already half way through the dreaded detour, we would continue on down to McDonald’s and procure a McWrap for our lunch.

On the way down we noticed a state trooper vehicle sitting in one of the driveways in wait for, we assume, a speeder. We didn’t think much of it until, on the way back to Cooperstown, it suddenly hit us that in all probability our car inspection had expired the end of April. We could not wait until we were able to turn into Smith Cooperstown where we knew help was available. Of course, since it was the lunch hour, it was not immediately available. However, we did not mind the short wait as it gave us the opportunity to enjoy, since we had our McWrap in hand, our first picnic of the season sitting outside on the bench in the sunshine. Granted, had we planned our first picnic of the season instead of having it just happen, we might have chosen a different site. But under the circumstances, we quite enjoyed it. Not only was it a delightful day, but the White Flash is now legal for another year.

We must admit being somewhat stunned by the plethora of activities that were available Memorial Day Weekend although we understand that some of them ended up being cancelled. Nonetheless, before the weekend, we spent much time puzzling as to whether anyone could actually take it all in as the opportunities including the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, the Tailwaggers Yard Sale at the SSPCA, the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Garden Plant Sale, the Heritage Plant Sale at the Farmers’ Museum, the Iroquois Cultural Festival at the Fenimore Art Museum, the “Wall That Heals” in the Doubleday Parking Lot, the Hall of Fame Classic Parade followed by the Hall of Fame Classic Game, the Joanne Shenandoah Concert at the Farmers’ Museum, the annual Clinton Canoe Regatta activities and the annual Veterans Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. We thought not and were not even willing to give it the college try. In fact we limited our plans for the weekend to the Upper Pioneer Street Block Party which, given Mother Nature’s interference in the weekend, was moved from Saturday to Monday.

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    July 3, 2014

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    June 26, 2014

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    June 12, 2014

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    June 5, 2014

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