Town Column : Edgartown
I'm sitting here tonight watching "Jaws" for probably the 200th time, as I write this with Wagger the Cat trying to help me write and wondering why in the world I'm not scratching his ears instead. Riley just came down, asked what I was watching, and when told, immediately wanted to join in. I told him no, because it's scary. He told me he's not a little boy anymore and he's not afraid of sharks. I reminded him that I was 9 or 10 when I saw it for the first time and I had nightmares for a week. He went back upstairs, but not without rolling his eyes first.
Now that summer is over it's not too soon to think about making holiday gifts. Anna Marie D'Addarie will be teaching a class on how to knit an easy-to-make hat using alpaca yarn. The class will be held on Sunday, Sept. 7, from 1 to 5 pm at Island Alpaca Farm. Beginner and intermediate knitters will enjoy this class. For a full class description, visit islandalpaca.com or call Anna Marie at 508-274-9696.
You can still register for the 2008 MSPCA Walk for Animals that is happening this Sunday, September 7, I believe kicking off from the Edgartown School. Registration is at 11 am and the walk starts at noon. Registration is $25 and you can also get sponsors to donate. For more information, call the shelter at 508-627-8662.
Well, now that the new school year is upon us, I feel like I can share my own exciting news, something I've been reluctant to share until now. I have this "thing" about jinxing things by putting them in the column too soon. But since school starts today, I think I'm pretty safe, so I can share that I now have a new job, as the computer teacher at the Edgartown School. I've been pretty overwhelmed lately, trying to prepare for my new job while also trying to train someone for my previous job. But I'm really excited about working with the kids and teaching something they really enjoy. I'll be doing graduate work at the same time so it will no doubt be a very challenging year, or three. Wish me luck.
We're in the season of political conventions. I think these things are an absolutely ridiculous waste of time and money with all their pomp and circumstances. But many seem interested in them. At any rate, it is looking to be an exciting and world changing presidential election, regardless of who wins. One ticket offers a change of race while the other offers a new gender, both significant firsts in our government. Either way, there is change in the offering. I know that many of us are already sick of the politics, the negative campaign ads, the promises for change and so forth. However, our country is only as good as its people so we need to get out there and vote in November. Make sure you're a registered voter. Mark your calendar for Nov. 4, and get out and vote. Make your voice heard.
That's all I've got. Remember school is in session and drive slowly through the school zones.
Have a great week.