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Summer Goes Straight To Hull

Posted by Jim Botticelli  August 30, 2013 11:49 PM

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Nantasket Beach and Paragon Park, Summer 1953

You're from Dirty Old Boston. You finally got your car and you cruise to Sully's hamburger stand. You think, it's not hard, not hard to reach. You can drive this heap to Nantasket Beach. You wish that you could find yourself a Seven Day Weekend. Last call to live for the sun on the fine gray sands of the busiest beach close to Boston. Last time to take a walk in the dark, a swingin' place called Paragon Park. Last chance to get out of town. Hey, there's no surfin' in Dorchester Bay. That's okay, you don't surf anyway.

Photo by Kathy Chapman with Dorchester's Richie Parsons balancing on the surfboard.

What can we write? What can we say? How can we tell you how much we'll miss summer? The weather here has been as nice as it can be. But now it doesn't really matter much to me. As far as I'm concerned each day's a rainy day. It might as well snow 'cuz it's September.
You don't need sunny skies for things you have to do. It's raining in your heart 'cause summer is all through. For all the fun we'll have while summer's far away, it might as well snow 'cause it's September

Here we are, saying goodbye at the T station. Summer vacation is ending here today. We had a good time and remember all the danger in the summer moon above. Until next year we'll remember that the summer is the time we love. From DOB we count the days, hours and minutes. Sayonara Summer!

Thanks for all the summer cliches: Beach Boys, Ramones, U.S. Bonds, The Sunrays, Freddie Cannon, The Gremies, Carole King, The Happenings and YOU

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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