Here in our first full day in Jerez, a lovely, laidback city in Cadiz Province in Andalucía, a solution to the over development of South Carolina’s Lowcountry dawned on me, plopped upon my head like that proverbial Newtonian apple.
The county councils of Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties should impose mandatory siestas from 3 to 6 pm every day of the week. [cue John and Yoko’s “Imagine.”]
For example, here is a normally busy street in Jerez at 4 pm. And let me tell you, it’s as quiet as it is empty.
In my dream world where Americans love themselves more than lucre, business chains in the Lowcountry would relocate for the sake of shareholders because 3 hours of closure each day would harm the bottom line. With fewer people, traffic with its incumbent pollution (air and sound) would decrease. Workers and school children could nap, listen to music, watch soap operas, or catch up on homework. Returning refreshed, their productivity would soar, and the nighttime, so squandered in the USA, could be reclaimed as a time of comingling with humans outside the narrow confines of condo or apartment (not to mention ranch home or McMansion).
Of course, the odds of this happening are as unlikely as Clemson deciding to change the school colors from orange to fuchsia or Donald J Trump coming up with a nugget of self-deprecating humor.
Suggested example: Trump to Kim: You’re having a bad hair day! Christ, you don’t know the meaning of bad hair day.
Nevertheless, in the world of retirement, where I am the master of my time and I can enjoy socialized medicine, I shall live like an Andalucían.
After a my extended nap, I’ll ride my bicycle to Chico Feo (but not Taco Boy).
Fun Facts/ Personal Notes
People here speak with a lisp. Cerveza is pronounced cerveztha and gracias, gracthia (no-s).
Like in Germany (and probably every other country in Europe), you get a ticket from a parking meter machine and place it on your dashboard.
Here are a couple of photos of our two-bedroom apartment (hat tip to Charlie and Caroline for finding and booking it).
And here’s a photo of Caroline, Brooks, and Charlie.
Charlie, by the way, has recently become a bit of a celebrity in Spain. Here are a couple of reasons:
Check him out.