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100°F — a hot, empty Bluffton for July 4th

In other cities, July 4th pulls everyone out into the streets and parks. A Facebook friend just posted this picture from Atlanta, for example:

 

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But not, it appears, in Bluffton, Ohio. Although Main Street usually bustles with activity, the 4th is a day that every business gives its employees off — which pretty effectively empties the town. Here we see a total of two cars parked along the entire length of Main Street.

 

Which meant that there was no air conditioning for me to enjoy while waiting for repairs on my own home's climate control. The indoor temperature peaked at 89°F today but never quite reached ninety, which is not bad given the 100°F outdoor temperature that you can see displayed here on the bank's marquee.

 

Note that portable “STOP” sign peeking out around the corner of Church Street, where it is sitting on the sidewalk. When the power was out following Friday's catastrophic storms, it was placed in the middle of the intersection to remind the American drivers — who never seem to be able to remember this on their own — that a disabled traffic signal turns into a stop sign automatically.

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Taken on July 4, 2012