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Happy Labor Day to you. You're running out of days to wear white, and, maybe, to set up group activities at the beach.

Have you noticed, for whatever reason, no matter the weather, that you just don't get the same crowds on the sand when the calendar flips to September?

The kids heading back to school this week brought an abrupt end to the summery feeling of Summer, and next week, as AYSO soccer begins, it's going to feel like October in a hurry.

We did take note of something right away this week – the real estate market seemed to go straight from 0 to 60 from its languorous August pace.

Just a little bit of new listing activity for the moment, but watch out, it's coming.

As always, to plan your open-house tours for this week, try this Redfin map list

C'mon, you've noticed it. Some of those afternoons recently have seemed shorter, the light somehow dimmer. The shadows longer.

Summer's glory is pulling back. Soon, our local kids restart school. (Before Labor Day, what?!?)

The last great rite of Summer by the pier is the Catalina Classic paddleboard race: 32 miles in the water starting on the island Sunday morning, finishing throughout the day in MB.

For more than 55 years, this bit of wondrous madness has continued. Come cheer on the finishers Sunday!

Back to real estate, it's true, there has been a steady trickle of new listings over the past several days, but very few actually are leading to new opens this weekend.

As we noted last week, this is the second of 2 weeks as Summer ends where we are…

First things first, we want to thank readers who asked a variation on, "Was that 'Deals That Don't Stick' article reflecting something that was going on? Is it OK?"

And the answer seems a qualified "yes." So, thanks. Maybe we close the deals with issues this week.

Is this a weekend for real estate, or volleyball?

At DigMB.com, they're saying volleyball. See daily coverage and photos of the MB Open. There's this post on some of the main draws, and a general feature here.

Dig will have results Sunday and Monday. They've got live links to online streaming video as well.

Also, DigMB notes that our boys just missed the Junior League World Series (for 13-14 year-olds). Texas took them in the last game 4-2. But what a great effort – and a summer-long one, at

Two things that just would not happen in Manhattan Beach: Shark Week on our beach (a.k.a., "Fin Fest") or Jimmy Buffett showing up for a free concert.

Those things can happen in Hermosa, and it's all good. It's close and easy to visit. But MB is going to take a pass every time.

Especially this year, after (gulp) an enraged, hooked shark bit a swimmer and made MB out to be some kind of modern-day Amity Island in the American public mind. Thanks a lot, chummers.

MB gets its shot at Summer craziness next weekend with the AVP MB Open volleyball tourney, starting Thursday. It's neither Buffett nor the 6-man, but it will envelop the pier with the biggest event of the Summer.

As always, to plan your open-house tours for this week, try this Redfin map list of