Bob Norton Consulting - August 2018

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We finally moved into the new house, although we missed July 1 by a couple of days. It’s been interesting to see how the animals have adjusted to the move. Our dog, Sake, follows us around the house and makes sure we’re in his sight. Our blind cat, Charlie, is still learning the new layout, but seems okay as long as he’s lying on familiar furniture. Our diabetic cat, Ninja, seems to have taken the change in stride — a new domain for the queen of the household. If only the pool was ready for summer! We’re still waiting on the new liner that we ordered to be installed, which should be “any day now.” Since we have a big hole in the backyard, we’re afraid that Sake will fall in and be unable to climb out, as he’s a mini-Dachshund, so we’ve been taking him out on a leash. The hole is filling with rainwater and the frogs have moved in. I’m considering stocking it with fish if the liner doesn’t come in soon! FROM THE DESK OF Bob

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August may be void of any major U.S. holidays, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t events worth celebrating during the eighth month of the year. Perhaps owing to its location on the calendar, right at the peak of summer, August plays host to some of America’s most unique festivals and events. No matter where you are on the map, there’s something remarkable going on this month in or near your neck of the woods. Here are a few of the August’s bucket-list events.

MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL August 1–5 Rockland, Maine

For much of American history, lobsters were considered the“cockroaches of the sea”and awarded no culinary prestige. Around the turn of the 20th century, however, their reputation as a delicacy began to grow. Diners in Boston and NewYork helped raise the prestige of Maine lobsters, which are now as prized as truffles from Piedmont and bluefin tuna from Japan. It’s no surprise, then, that Maine lobsters have an entire festival devoted to them. During the first weekend in August, upward of 30,000 seafood fanatics from all over the country head to Rockland, Maine, to dine on the country’s most famous crustaceans. In addition to lobster in every form imaginable — grilled, boiled, served in bisques, and heaped on buns — the Maine Lobster Festival features local art, music, and games for kids. It also crowns a “sea goddess” during its yearly pageant. Oh, and if you want to burn off some calories, there’s a 5K and 10K race during the festival.

127 YARD SALE August 2–5 Addison, Michigan, to Gadsden, Alabama

Summer is yard-sale season, and they don’t come any bigger than the 127 Yard Sale. Billing itself as“the world’s longest yard sale,”it features more than 2,200 vendors from the Midwest

-Bob Norton

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