The first Saturday in April, the 4th, was cool but beautiful in Bellingham, Wa. We made sure to be downtown before 10 AM for the annual opening of the farmer's market in the City of Subdued Excitement. I was there with someone who recently moved to town so I made sure she had a good view as Mayor Dan Pike officially opened the year by throwing out the ceremonial First Cabbage to the young daughter of one of the vendors.
As people applauded I told the newcomer. "Well, that's it. The highlight of the year in Bellingham."
A woman nearby nodded her head solemnly. "Subdued excitement."