Definitely summer. The smallest largest city of any state in the Union is echoing with the lilt of French - spoken by visitors from north of the border [amazing how "American" they look, eh?]. And they have new tricks!
Caught these boys from Montreal with their hand-held, battery-operated "fart" toys. The devices emit four or five different farting noises that, I confess, sounded amazingly real. They said they brought the devices with them from up north. Their parents thought it was all a hoot.
Lt. Emmett Helrich of Les Gendarmes de Burlington did, too, as he pretended to arrest them. Or was it solicit a bribe? That's cold cash in his hand, isn't it?
Anyone know if the fart toys are some kind of new French-Canadian cultural thing?
And while the tourists are flocking to Burlap, Burlingtonians are hitting the road and the sky for their own vacation destinations.
Bumped into former Democratic State Rep. Mary Sullivan at Fresh Market on Pine Street yesterday just after 11 am. Mary's communications director at Burlington Electric. Still very active in Democrat Party circles. Picking up some grub for lunch, was she?
Would you believe she was taking it with as a supplement for the airline food she was about to enjoy?
Mary was heading for the airport to catch a flight to Philly where she'd then catch a flight to Dublin, Ireland, along with husband Don Meals and daughter Kaela. They're renting a car for two weeks and doing a lap of the Emerald Isle!
She's been before, but first time for them.
Plenty of political "news" ahead this Wednesday, too.
Top Democrat legislators - Shummy & Speaker Gaye - are scheduled to announce formation of a "sexy" new study commission this morning in Burlington AND Gov. Scissorhands has a 1 pm Fifth Floor presser on his schedule.
See you later, alligators.