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In search of lost time at summer's end: Drinking coffee (and other things) in Point Pleasant

Nothing evokes the sense of time passing like the end of summer.   In early July, summer seems to stretch out in front of us. We envision days at the beach, afternoons lounging at the pool, and evenings spent happily, and aimlessly, hanging out. But as human rights activist, Erwin Sylvanus, once said, time is ‘indifferent to the affairs of people, time runs out, precise, heedless, exact, and immutable in rhythm.’ And just like that, long July nights give way to the hustle and bustle of August & end-of-summer vacations, which inevitably lead to Labor Day weekend---and along with it, grudging acceptance of summer's end and the promise of pumpkin spice lattes. Roughly 3 weeks ago, I was sweltering under the hot sun, while my kid and her friends rode amusement park rides on the Point Pleasant boardwalk. When you are an adult on a crowded beach boardwalk during the last weekend of summer, you summon all of your strength and patience to ‘go with the flow,’ because you k