Thursday night, I slept hardly at all. I don't really know why, but the result was a very long Friday. Last night, I went to bed relatively early...i.e., before midnight. It was a nice night for sleeping. With temperatures expected to drop into the upper 50s, I opened my bedroom window and actually pulled a blanket out of the pile at the foot of my bed and snuggled down for a nice Autumn sleep. I dreamed, as I often do, of a costume. It was a very nice gown that would not have looked out of place in the Ascot scene from "My Fair Lady."
And then I woke up. To the strains of pop music, coming in my open window. In the dark. Blearily, I tried to focus on the clock. It said 5:45. It's about 15 minutes fast, which made that 15 minutes more of an outrage.
Dearly Beloved, I live right behind the high school, and the band practices weekdays, starting at about 6:30. That, I'm used to. But canned music, on Saturday morning, an hour before anyone should be up...not so much. I thought I might as well go for a walk, so I piled into some clothes and hit the street, following the music. I tracked it around the corner to the swimming pool. Tents were being raised, and pennants hung, waiting for a breeze. Somebody turned up the music, and somebody else pulled into the parking lot. I decided to have a word.
Of course, it's a swim meet. Now, why didn't I realize that? The pool is closed for the season, and all the community swim teams are open for business. The gentleman I accosted in the parking lot told me he had been running these meets for ten years, and I was the first to complain. He asked me how I cope with the marching band when they are strutting their stuff, and I told him I heard them later...like, after I was actually...well...up. On weekdays.
We agreed that I probably became aware of this ten-year, early-Saturday-morning tradition because of the the cool weather and the open window. He told me he would tell the kids to turn it down (like you do).
Right. I continued with my walk, and by the time I got home, it was just as loud.
At least it was later.