Sunday, June 14, 2015
We're heading into the Old Port Festival later this morning, and we're certain to pass a few of these walking the streets. I think the words of caution are meant more for businesses nearby then the stray contents of my soda bottle though. Most cities, towns and other locals all contain some dirty little secrets, and 'Forest City' is no different. Going back to days before my youth, it was common practice that raw sewage was dumped into Back Bay. I mean everything! Can you imagine next to one of the most scenic drives in the city along Baxter Boulevard, raw sewage! Dad told me once everything you could image and more was deposited in there. EVERYTHING! Yes, that too. Many years back this practice was aborted, and a sewage system was installed. Our house on Coyle Street overlooked the Bay, and their were mornings heading off to high school that were just... Whew! And once in college a friend visited in summer. He had never 'experienced' the ocean. He stayed overnight at the house and commented the next morning on the strong odor emanating from the water. The tide was out, but it was a fact of life to me living so close to the water. By this time of course, it was not sewage but just the common aroma of tidal pool actions and reactions at low tide.
Life along the water.
Get used to it.
So if you are visiting this summer, don't panic.
It's not what you think.
It's low tide.
Strong olfactory nerves needed.