Today’s destination was the Great Lakes city of Sandusky, Ohio. There are two hypotheses about how the city got its name. One is that it’s a corruption of a Seneca phrase, “san to chee,” meaning “cold water.” The other is that it is the corruption of the name of a seventeenth-century Polish trader named Sadowski or Sodowsky. One of Sandusky’s tourist attractions is an amusement park at Cedar Point that features one of the largest collections of roller coasters in the world. Laetitia and her group went to the amusement park in the morning. In the afternoon, they visited the Maritime Museum of Sandusky and hiked along the lakefront.
When Laetitia walked into the bar she had chosen for happy hour, she found the atmosphere saturated with the strong odor of musky perfume emanating from a stylishly dressed woman at the bar. Undeterred, Laetitia took the bar stool next to the woman and introduced herself. Most people who populate happy hours have just finished work, but Jane, the woman on the next barstool, said she was going to her work, which was, as she described it, “making money from men.” Like everyone else, Jane had dreams. Hers was to meet a wealthy man who would “take her away from all that.” She imagined him tall and muscular, but most of the men she met were otherwise. When she left to go on her “appointed rounds,” Laetitia wrote a limerick in her notebook, finished her drink, and went off to join her group for dinner.
Wearing strong scent quite musky
Jane cruised the night streets of Sandusky
Seeking guys fat or thin
Although she preferred men
Who were tall, well muscled, and husky.