Friday, October 25, 2019

Provincetown


I'm not saying this to brag, but I live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. It's a small town in winter, barely 300-400 year rounders, and an any-thing goes tourist attraction in summer--20,000 people letting go and relaxing. The shoulder months of spring and fall are the best of all. Beauty and bouncing light everywhere.

There's a large Portuguese population here, and a large gay and lesbian population, and hard working Mexican and Jamaican folks who send money back home,  and plenty of artists and writers and dogs and foxes. 

It's easy enough to get tangled up by life's chores and not take the time to walk along the bays beaches that make up this peninsula. Or to hunker in when a storm or a N'Easter comes and not head to the sea to watch the weather come right at you. 

JB and I have found that Provincetown is an expensive place to live--we drop close to $ 100 for a nice meal out, and the town government and annual meetings can be pretty funky and contentious. But most of all, there's a vibrancy here that's just awesome. 










PS Every so often I can't tell if I've taken a photo myself or copied it from someone else on Facebook or Instagram. If I haven't given credit, I apologize.

Love
kj

13 comments:

  1. The photos are lovely and I do envy you living so close to the water. The ocean always makes me feel better.

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    1. same here, deb. I love watching the storms come in as much as seeing sunsets and the light bouncing off the bay.

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  2. I'm glad you've found a place to land that suits you so well.

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  3. You are fortunate to have found a place that suits your sensibilities.

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    1. thanks, e. I do feel super lucky about it.

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  4. lucky, lucky you! ANd i love those pictures!

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    1. hello hdwk! I hope all is well with you. xo

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  5. $100 for a meal for two! Color me floored. Since I don't value eating out anyway (like going out to a movie, I can do it a whole lot more comfortably at home), I would never, ever eat out if I lived in Provincetown. How far do you have to go to shop for groceries, etc. given that the local small stores must surely be prohibitively expensive?

    My town of Eugene, Oregon, has a metro area of around 300,000, which I consider just about right in all kinds of ways, most notably medical clinics, test facilities, and hospitals, and what we can't get here, Peggy and I can surely get 110 miles up the road in Portland where Oregon Health Sciences University runs a whole slew of hospitals.

    All that aside, you're where you want to be, where you chose to be, and you obviously love being there a lot more than I love being here. I know that I wouldn't like a great deal about your region, but I do very much envy you your proximity to historically interesting places. I used to make pilgrimages (properly called) to Concord, which all by itself could occupy a lifetime of study, and then there's Boston--ah, yes, Boston and the cape itself. Two years ago, I read "Of Plimouth Plantation" and was blown away.

    I too always enjoy your photos. BTW, does the ocean water get warm enough to be really comfortable? It sure doesn't here, although it is awfully, awfully beautiful, though in a very different way to where you are.
    I so hope that the severe pain and disability you went through are a thing of the past.
    Love,Snow

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    1. hi snow! yes, the water in august is still a bit chilly but comfortable to swim and bob in. we have a new challenge with sharks and it's changed our comfort in the ocean. solutions are few.

      provincetown is 30 minutes from a bigger-sized town and an hour from what we call the big city--hyannis, where there is everything from malls to dept stores to auto dealerships etc. ptown itself has a large grocery chain store and an emt ambulance service for medical emergencies transport to cape cod hospital in Hyannis. We have a good size local health center here in town and a volunteer fire dept. it's a small town for sure, until it swells to 20,000 people come summer.

      and finally, snow, I've had an unrelated surgery a few weeks ago that has temporarily saddled me to the couch and my damn knees are acting up. but all in all, I'm encouraged and recovering. my unusual back treatment has removed all pain--I am still stiff and my walking's not where I want it to be, but some of this is on me (weight loss needed!)

      I hope you and Peggy will have a great secular holiday season!
      love kj

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  6. I was watching something or other that was filmed out your way and just as certain as I knew it was the cape--I am equally certain your home made a cameo appearance.

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    1. Mark! I'm so glad to hear from you!!!

      that manuscript you initially helped with has undergone quite a few revisions and restructures and it's ready to start shopping around. I've had two developmental editors help with it, along with you and my friend suki and JB, and I'm satisfied. thanks again, Mark. I hope things are well with you? I'm on my way to your blog. love kj

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