I looked at the Cape Cod Times online the other day to get the weather forecast and this was on the front page. It seems that five great white sharks (the same type as in Jaws, only not mechanical, presumably) have been spotted off Monomoy Island, which is near Chatham. Apparently there's some disagreement among the towns (just like in the movie) about the wisdom of shutting down the beaches on a holiday weekend. Nauset Beach in Orleans is closed today because of sightings. The paper seems to be taking it fairly lightly and has headlines like: "Be Brave! Hit the Beach!" and "Sharks Missing in Action in Chatham: People yesterday kept looking for a dorsal fin cutting through the sparkling water off Lighthouse Beach and listening for the screams of a swimmer attacked by a shark." LOL: cue the music! I will probably find myself in Chatham as it's my favorite Cape town, but the most dangerous thing there, most likely, will be the traffic. I'm not much of a salt water swimmer, so I don't bother doing much more than wading. The newspaper helpfully noted that it was unwise to swim around the harbor seals playing in the surf; apparently they are the white shark's favorite snack, and the shark might make a small mistake if you are swimming around with them. As I read through the articles about seals and sharks on the Cape, I read an opinion piece by a fisherman complaining about how much seal poop is in the water and that it raises the nitrogen levels of the water--apparently not everyone feels sorry for the seals.
I've spent far more time contemplating which projects to take with me than which clothing. I'll be taking this because it's topical and I'd love to finish it up. Also Sail Away, because I'm overdue for both catching up and posting on the SAL, and Alphabetissimo and maybe one more. I leave tomorrow very early and have decided to skip Brimfield--the weather is supposed to be gorgeous, so I'd love to do something outdoors and I really don't need to find another place to dump money, since I'm planning on buying "Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow." There are 60 NPI colors (although it's also charted for DMC), and I only have about 20 of them in my stash.
BF, who has to work next week, is staying home to bun- and cat-sit. Pink says he has a shark joke for us, since I work in a law firm: "Question: Why didn't the shark eat the lawyer when he fell overboard? Answer: Professional courtesy."
"Har, har, har. George, let's go haul ourselves up on the beach and poop over by the lifeguard stand." This is a photo of gray seals, borrowed from yesterday's Cape Cod Times.
See you soon!