Silly me- on Monday I wandered into a few stores where you'd expect to find that sort of thing and they either didn't have any or were sold out. But never fear, the handy-dandy internet is here, and before you could say "Made in China" we'd purchased a set of 6 6-foot railing banners for less that I'd have paid locally, except, of course, with 2-day air shipping it was slightly more... but hey, have another hot dog and forget about it!
The one thing I will miss is being able to walk down to the Charles River and watch the Boston fireworks -that was always an awesome display. And it was always good fun to watch the enormous traffic jam afterwards, as we strolled quickly back to our condo.
Our condo was near the corner, and a few years ago, with traffic backed up on both streets, there was a minor fender-bender in the intersection. That stopped traffic completely for a while, and there were two police cars there, clearing things up, when some jackass about four cars back hits his horn long and loud. We were walking by, and I saw the cop who had been directing traffic on the corner shake his head in disbelief, and then walk v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y, hands on hips, over to the car which had honked, lean down with both hands on the driver's side window frame, shake his head again, and demand, very loudly, and very slowly- "Where do you think you're going to go?"