August is over. YAY! The grand summer drama is drawing to a close and Mykonos is returning to sanity for its glorious months of September and October.
Gone are (most of) those willing to spend mind-boggling amounts of money on holiday—10,000, 15,000, even 20,000 euros for the privilege of sitting at a VIP table for a performer they particularly like, or a paltry couple of thousand for desired placement in a bar :).
|Yes, you read that restaurant bill correctly: 57,175 Euros, including 306 bottles of champagne.|
Conspicuous consumption for sure, but thank heaven they choose to come here and enrich my friends and neighbors as opposed to going elsewhere. And thanks, too, to The Guardian for its piece praising our island.
Bye-bye also to the crazy drivers who park their cars, motorbikes, and ATVs (the biggest boon to orthopedic practice on the island) absolutely anywhere they choose…though never in the new parking lot. And when they’re moving…fuhgeddaboudit. They pass whenever and wherever they like, weaving in and out of oncoming traffic, as if protected by a divine spirit appearing to them courtesy of their stimulants of choice.
Among the most relieved must be the island’s physicians—particularly emergency service personnel and orthopedists—who labor through July and August as if in a MASH unit in battle (See preceding paragraph for the reason).
|MASH unit during Korean War|
September also brought our island the inauguration of a new mayor aiming for improved police enforcement and health center facilities. Double YAY.
But he’s going to need help, for without the Mykonos Council offering and enacting legislation enabling the mayor to do such things—such as directing the police to enforce traffic and parking laws—he does not have the power to enforce them on his own. One would hope that his Council members would give him the authority he needs to achieve his agenda and bring much needed order to our island.
If so, perhaps next peak high season more than crazies can thoroughly enjoy our island paradise.