Thank you all for your good wishes to Ollie the cat and me on our travel day to Portland, Maine. The trip was easy, uneventful and the weather was glorious.
It had been several weeks since I’d seen my new home, so I walked from the hotel to there yesterday afternoon. The apartment won’t be mine until tomorrow, so I couldn’t go in, but I could look from the sidewalk and check out surroundings.
I introduced myself to a neighbor who was hanging out in the sunny weather on his porch across the street. “The block has been abuzz,” he said, “about your arrival.” I didn’t press him on what that means - I’m sure it will become evident in time. But obviously, like Bedford Street in Greenwich Village, there aren’t a lot of secrets in my new neighborhood.
The neighbor also told me that the bordello on the top floor of a building at the corner had only recently been shut down. Too bad – it would make such colorful conversation. Or, perhaps my neighbor was pulling my leg. That too will be revealed in time.
It appears from television newscasts this morning that, as Nancy implied in her comment yesterday, there are four days of rain ahead in Portland. But rain doesn’t bother an old Portland, Oregon native like me, and cannot dampen my pleasure at finally being here.