Illustrated by James H. Sager
It’s early in the morning, yet the streets are already lined with a kaleidoscopic array of lawn chairs even though the Venice Boat Parade of Lights is still days away. When did these portable recliners appear? And who set them up— midnight elves working overtime? I find it quite amazing that we are still living in a day and age where it is possible to leave a brand new $20.00 beach chair unattended for days on end without having to worry about theft and molestation. Is it our quaint downtown atmosphere and relaxed Florida attitude that brings out the best in people? Or is it the amenable holiday spirit that keeps the miscreants in check? It would be interesting to know how many folding chairs and blankets actually disappear prior to the event’s beginning. If I had to guess—according to the abundant numbers out there—not many. This large-scale small town phenomenon makes me oddly proud of the city I live in and provides hope for a future that seems to be much brighter than many might anticipate.