With that kind of weekend, can you blame me for completely forgetting I had jury duty today? Luckily, I've lived in Atlantic County long enough that there were people in the jury pool who know me, heard my name when they called it, had an inkling I may have spaced on this, and were able to summon me on the blackberry. And, luckily, I had already finished my breakfast at Annette's with my brother, so nothing interrupted there, and was able to get over to the courthouse in time to put my time in and get excused for various reasons, not least of which being that I've lived in Atlantic County long enough so that the odds that I know a plaintiff or two are startlingly high. A beach day of some sort was salvaged, my civic duty done.
In any case, what a weekend. Friday was clearly the designated holiday for most people, and Absecon Island seemed to be completely overrun with people, traffic totally backed up, so that it seemed possibly not another person could get over another bridge. Beaches were crowded and unusually filled with smokers, for some reason. Today still felt a bit festive, but mostly, people were back to work. The weekend was monster, weather wise, Friday and Saturday land-breeze hot, tho the water temp dropped to the mid 60s. Sunday, with beach time shortened by the second year of epic Wimbledon men's finals, was quite lovely, with the breeze flowing out from the ocean again. And I do still feel bad for Andy Roddick.
As for the fireworks, I had a great view from the D Dock of the Farley State Marina of the Fireworks at the Borgata. There was a breeze blowing, which at the end, I noticed was blowing the smoke directly over the Trump Marina. A little bit like me on the beach on Friday, downwind from the smokers. (That's a photo of the fireworks aftermath). Poor Donald. He just cannot get a break. I have a feeling if anyone booked over there expecting to see fireworks from their room, they probably got only the smoke. Then again, Borgata and Harrahs are overshadowing the ailing Trump Marina in many ways, and this seemed very emblematic. Borgata and Harrah's bring us the fireworks, Trump Marina gets the smoke. The fireworks were huge, but featured some dubious narrative arcs, including lots of smiley faces and hearts. Me, I'm not one for literal-ness in my fireworks display. But I'm sure smiley-face people liked it just fine.
Missing this year, of course, were fireworks from the Bernie Robbins Stadium, because the minor league Surf baseball team folded in the off season. People in Ventnor bragged of standing on the boardwalk and seeing fireworks from three towns: Margate, Ocean City and Atlantic City. The view from the Longport causeway had a similarly-cool multi-municipality firework vantage point.