I love our new home. The community has a bit of Mayberry-meets-Stars Hollow feel, mixed together with New Yankee thriftiness. Even though we're still a month away from our move, my Bride and I have become avid readers of the local newspaper, The Carlisle Mosquito; the story arcs have as much intrigue and drama as any soap opera, as debates rage about school fees, a new windmill on the town's highest point, and whether the new footpaths in the town center can properly be called "sidewalks".
Ok, maybe "rage" isn't the right word, exactly. How about "waxes pointed" or "incites mild passion, but not too much passion, more like a perturbed insouciance."
My favorite bit to check are the Police Logs . Here are some excerpts from this last week's Carlisle Police Activity Log:
1:10 a.m. The operator of a suspicious vehicle parked at the ice cream stand on Bedford Road was asked to move the vehicle.
8:45 a.m. A bicycle accident occurred at School and Church Streets. There were no injuries and the cyclist was assisted.
11:55 a.m. A late entry was made about a cut tree at Westford Street and the Flats.
9:15 a.m. A turtle was reported in the road at Westford and Curve Streets. Patrol investigated and had a negative find.
2:23 p.m. A snapping turtle in the road on Brook Street was removed by patrol.
11:23 a.m. A green jacket found at Lowell Street and Elizabeth Ridge Road was placed in the Lost and Found.
I can just picture Barney asking Sheriff Andy if he can load his bullet for that snapping turtle one.
Those things are dangerous, you know.