And so it begins, again…

Is it a false memory, based on a fervent wish? An unsubstantiated report? A rumour? A daydream?

I’m not sure, but I have this idea that, a while ago, someone told me that the bumper car ride would not be part of this year’s Fête de la Saint  -Louis, Daglan’s annual summer festival that started today and runs through Monday. Or else that the ride would be moved — so that it would no longer take up half of the village’s main square.

But no, this morning as I drove past the village square, there it was, just waiting to get started. And now, in the afternoon, it has indeed started up, and in our house not far from the village square, we can hear the music blaring out of the loudspeakers.

To be clear, I have no objection to kids’ rides in general, or bumper cars in particular, and I generally am fond of music. But it gets to be a bit much when the music keeps pounding away until late in the night, usually past midnight.

The ride itself is massive, and assembling it takes the best part of an entire day. (Not a job I would ever want.) Anyway, here it is:

Ready to rumble.

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2 Responses to And so it begins, again…

  1. Edward McGaugh says:

    You guys certainly have our sympathy! Many years ago a friend of mine who lives in Manhattan told me “In New York we pay dearly for silence”. I appreciate his point of view each time I hear loud noises near my home. There is a real value in peace and tranquility.

    • Loren Chudy says:

      Yes. It’s bad enough for Jan and me — just because of the loud, late music — but the bumper car ride and the other big ride in the village square are literally inches from the front doors of a number of houses. Not really sure how the village gets away with this treatment of certain citizens. BTW, can you please send me a short email? I’ve lost a bunch of contact information (software meltdown), and that includes your email address.

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