Last Friday I looked in The Citizen for this column, for one reason or another, and was surprised to not find it. Not only did I forget to write it, I forgot that I forgot.
There have been several tractor-trailer trucks traveling on East B Hill this year -- more than usual. It is, after all, 3 to 5 miles shorter than going through Grafton Notch to or from the Rumford area. Most local folks figure it's better to take Route 26 when the weather conditions make roads slippery -- but, then, they don't rely on GPS to guide them. GPS directions don't include info on length and steepness of inclines, or width and conditions of roads, I guess. Many drivers, unfamiliar with that road, don't anticipate such steep inclines, and therefore shift incorrectly, and have problems making the hill -- even when it is properly sanded.
Have you marked Feb. 18 and 19 on your calendar yet? Sliding/skating party on Friday night and Italian buffet on Saturday -- I"ll try to remember to mention it another time or two.
An old-timers' superstition declares that tossing a hat onto a bed brings ruin to whomever sleeps in it -- and worse ruin to whoever tossed it. In fact, even taking a hat into a bedroom was strongly discouraged.
The sun is shining, the solar power is charging the batteries, it's a beautiful day! Enjoy you week. Selah