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Goodman’s Gam

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Some minor asphalt repairs are taking place on island roads over the past couple of weeks. All the patches I’ve seen are tiny ones, maybe a shovel full of mix. Nice to see some action, though there are far worse stretches of pavement that’s disintegrating daily. Hummock Pond Road always has bad spots as do Surfside and Fairgrounds Roads. I’m not going to speak of the Boulevarde to Monohansett to the airport fiasco. Supposedly this is going to be paved in the near future.

Now for the couple hundred yards that have affected pretty much everyone who drives a vehicle on Nantucket. I speak of Lower Orange Street from Hatch’s down to the intersection of Union Street. This is an overused section of road. Semis run through there all day long, and their heavy loads guarantee destruction of the tarmac underneath. Not only are there several businesses with heavy traffic, but many (if not most) people use this street as a way to get into and out of town.

There are too many roads to be fixed and insufficient town dollars to take care of all of them. This short stretch is too big to ignore. We shouldn’t have to beat our vehicles to a pulp in this particular area, that’s what cobblestones are for.

Just when you know where everything is stocked in the Stop and Shop, they change things around. This past week it’s major. The first time in there, it appeared that a sale was taking place. Picking up a couple of good deals made me happy. Then, the second go-round, things weren’t as pleasant. I was in a rush and it was difficult to find several items. This was not to be a quick trip to the store before dinner.

Several people I ran into in the Stop and Shop are worried that having the produce right off the entry could cause a bottleneck. I seem to recall that the produce section has always been clogged up with shoppers, even in the slow months.
As I was going down the last aisle and getting ready to check out, a supervisor was speaking to a couple of guys about some of the work being done. The two workmen said that they were going to be putting up staging to change the lights. This looks as if it isn’t simply a case of moving goods from one place to another. I will hazard a guess that the work will be complete by Memorial Day. A few minutes after I exited the store on Monday, there was a gas leak.

Hasn’t this been quite a week? A carbon monoxide leak that could have taken over a dozen lives was averted. Try to imagine the national media headlines had this tragedy taken place. Nantucket is an island with rich vacationers, while poor folks live crowded like rats in a psychology lab. Wait, that’s too close to reality.
The saddest thing is that there are dozens of other houses with people packed like sardines all over the island. A fire could have had the same results as CO in a house crowded to the gills, like the one on Macy Lane. Flossie did a far better job with housing multitudes of folks when she had her flop on India Street.

Day by day we see plants and trees becoming green. Our birdfeeder is packed with feathered creatures and deer come by most evenings to eat the leftover sunflower seeds from the ground. We also have rabbits in both yards. The other morning two of the bunnies spent fifteen minutes running back and forth and then jumping over one another. Was it foreplay or afterglow?

Larry Lema is retiring from the Stop and Shop after 42 years in the butcher shop. His last day will be on next Saturday, April 30th. Good for you Larry!

Our weather is slowly getting better, though the four inches (plus) of rain, mixed in with too much wind has slowed outdoor activity down. Island ponds are extremely full, to overflowing in some instances. May and June have never been known as dry months, so be prepared for more showers. Lots of sunshine between the grey moments is having a definite effect on island dwellers. People are smiling more and that’s the best sign of spring coming this way.
– David Goodman’s “Goodman’s Gam” appears weekly in this space and regularly in The Inquirer and Mirror.

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