Creation of Chef Giovanni at the Harmony Cafe at the Pewter Plough-Main Street in Cambria
Summer Fun Time as the old Top 40 and Rock Radio jingles used to cheer. Memorial day signaled a nod to summer hedonism-pools, picnics, vacations, patio parties, longer days and more sunshine.
In Indiana summer began only after "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," the Indianapolis 500. As a Muncie youth I put a transistor radio on my handle bars and made seemingly endless loops of a half mile route around a few blocks in my neighborhood near the Ball Brothers plant listening to the "Voice of the 500" Sid Collins. Later we would gather my grandmother and great aunts and "decorate" the graves of departed family members. That senior generation always referred to it as "Decoration Day." That day also included grilling, hot dogs and hamburgers. It was the 1950's, our future was before us, everything was possible and life was good.
Years later I would work as a colleague with Sid Collins and even cover the legendary Brickyard. I was never at the track nor can I watch coverage without thinking back to those years when summer began as I raced by bike from South Ebright Street.
Hope you have a wonderful summer, full of the stuff of youth.
For Exotic Lovers OnlyThe Annual Succulent and Cactus Show in San Luis Obispo is another signal summer is here.
See you down the trail.