Endless Summer

August 31st, 2009 § 0 comments


I have a sneaking suspicion that the arrival of Labor Day, lovely as the long weekend promises to be, officially marks the end of summer. Offices such as mine end their summer hours and the magic of half-day Fridays revert back to those painful hours stretching themselves out before the weekend officially starts. Retailers have begun selling fall coats and winter skirts, and even though the weather should hold out for another month, people are making plans for that last summer trip before considering early holiday preparations. This summer was slow in coming, perhaps the east coast rain disguised it, but I have a feeling I was simply too preoccupied to realize it was here. Without the schedule of school semesters summer is now denoted by weather rather than time to spare. Still, it was perhaps the busiest summer of all.

Wandering the industrial part of Williamsburg on a supremely lovely Sunday this past weekend, we crashed the last free outdoor concert held on the waterfront. A recent npr segment interviewed a music magazine intern who was drafted into an experiment that entailed seeing 50 free shows in nyc in 50 days. As a less faithful follower of the summer concerts and outdoor events, I did manage to catch two concerts headlined by bands I enjoy. Yeasayer played at pier 54 on the west side of Manhattan as rain drizzled overhead and marijuana floated in the air, and Grizzly Bear, introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer of all people, played to a crowd of hipsters who pointed at each other and whispered the derogatory words, “look at those hipsters.”

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