sunny days

According to my friend the greengrocer up the road, the weather's going to be "only fantastic" for the next two weeks, because the children are going back to school and the weather in Dublin likes to taunt schoolchildren by being wonderful in May and June  ("exam weather") and then again in September ("back to school weather").

I can still remember what it was like being a kid and waiting for the end of the holidays with massive ambivalence, torn between wanting to see all my friends and dreading the new teacher and the lessons. All the shops near where I live, on Henry Street, etc. are full of window displays of "back to school" bits and pieces, and they make for a pretty sobering display begging the question of why, just why, do school uninforms have to be in drab colours, and why school shoes have to be ugly. Seriously; the fall is coming and the days are going to start getting darker. Wouldn't it be nice to see the streetscapes lived up by the sight of kids in bright uniforms? I think that's a great idea! Imagine: hordes of little boys in Hawaiin school shirts, and girls in polka-dots. Wouldn't that just be nicer than dark blue and grey and khaki?

Well, that's my opinion on the matter.

Although it's always hard to say "goodbye" to the summer I'm actually loving the fact that it's finally getting dark a bit earlier in the evening. It never feels quite right to be in a pub when it's broad daylight outdoors, and pubs just feel and look a lot cosier when they're all bright and lit up inside, and you can see the dark night through the window. I have my favourite pubs, of course, but I think it's time to, ahem, research a few more. My friend Vicki is coming in a few weeks and I'd like to have a few nice places to take her. She's a cleancut sort of a gal so I think I'll freak her out a little by organising an outing to Gravediggers', which has an alarming name but is actually a real cool old-style pub in Glasnevin.

Anyway, it's a beautiful day, I'm not working until late, and I'm going to do the healthy thing and hop on a DART and go to the beach for some fresh air and exercise! I'm soooo outta here!


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