Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Blustery Harbor, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The harbor sky hints of snow but, not today - only cold and wind in downtown Plymouth before the rain arrives.

At lower left, part of the salt water harbor is iced over. The structure with the American flag on top is the Harbormaster Office. This wharf and harbor is bustling in the summer - not so much in winter.

I ended up going to an indoor mall to walk a few miles once the rain started. It was not an original idea - lots of old people (like me) were doing laps in the concourse. It surprised me though how many of them had their faces buried in their smartphones as they walked - just like the young folks. I hate to sound like an old fuddy-duddy but, obsessive smartphone use just can't be good for the species long-term.

Many young people today are growing up without ever being out of reach of the electronic tether. When I was a kid, we left the house in the morning, and had to be home when the streetlights came on. Nobody knew exactly where we were or how to find us or what no-good we were up to. There were only occasional injuries.

Growing up outside Washington DC, I remember hiking a few miles to where the Washington Beltway (I-495) was being constructed (in the 1950's) and climbing all over the bulldozers and heavy equipment since everything sat idle on the weekends and we kids were not in school. What a different world.

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