Six days of temps in mid-to-high nineties starting tomorrow, & in the Land of Asphalt that is New Jersey you might as well say one-hundred plus. I think we were spared this kind of week last summer. I do not like really hot weather & never did. Even the beach can be an uncomfortable place. & most Jerseyans who spend a week at the shore don't do it the week of the 4th. Down around Wildwood this is Frenchy time, when the Quebeckers fill up the motels. It's why Wildwood has a Quebec-by-the-Sea & a Fleur de Lis among the motels. The first few years I went to Wildwood I couldn't find a decent cup of coffee outside of the Wawa with a fresh pot on, much less an iced cappuccino. Which puzzled me because I couldn't find a bad cup of coffee in Montreal. The French-speakers on vacation drank the bad, went without, brought their own coffeemakers or, as I observed, woke up to the first cocktail hour of many they would enjoy during the day. Now you can get a drinkable latte at Dunkin' Donuts. The world has changed in the new millennium.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Thomas Jefferson