It was a terrific Father's Day weekend thanks to my family and friends. My wife Stacy bought me an assortment of my favorite magazines and asked which two I'd like a subscription to. Right now I'm thinking "Fortune" is one of them, but I haven't finalized my decision. Since I have no Fortune, I thought it might be a nice place to start reading about one.
We had the chance to spend time with my family in Mount Olive, IL. It was a "double dose" of fun with a class reunion (I won't say how many years) of 4 years (4 classes together because there were only 40 in each class) from Mount Olive High School. The highlight for my boy Jake was his "pa pa" hitching up the horse (QUEENIE) and pulling us in the carriage in the 2012 Mount Olive Homecoming Parade. We usually are there every summer for it.
After the parade we enjoyed the festivities and celebrated Father's Day at my folks farm. Lots of friends and family and "stories".
Sunday, we had the pleasure of being invited to the 40th anniversary of Maurice and Libby Buring from right here in Memphis. I met Maurice a couple of years ago at his business, Agri Industrial Inc. Maurice is a very giving individual donating his time over the past 30 years to 2 local elderly homes while spending great times with his lovely wife, family, and friends. Their first concert and date 42 years ago was the Chicago Transit Authority concert at the Coliseum. Maurice thought..."Why not book them for a reunion party?!" He did, and it was awesome.
I'm starting to feel good about the summer groove here in Memphis. Since moving from the Jersey shore to Memphis 8 years ago often times the "summer groove" isn't as much a relaxing vibe as just lots of humidity and station events. But the weather so far has been tremendous and not overwhelming with the humidity. I also feel very "Summery" thanks to a nice weekend of time spent with family and friends as I look forward to a Class Reunion back in Mount Olive, IL (I won't say which one!).
But this weekend we had a nice time at the zoo. My son, Jake, likes the farm part of the Memphis zoo the most because it's most like his grandma and grandpa's farm. You can tell that the cows at the Memphis Zoo are "zoo farm animals" because you basically can pet their cows!
After the zoo, it was off to the Germantown Charity Horse Show. The folks in Germantown should be very proud of this event. Great facility and grounds. A nice evening with some BBQ Nachos from the Germantown Commissary.
Next weekend is my class reunion in southern Illinois. I've been put in charge of bringing the music on CD's. If times were like back then, I'd bring them on cassette. But as I was assembling tunes, I found an old picture online of Turner Hall. I quickly posted it on-line and it caught some attention. Basically, it was (and still is) a two-lane bowling alley that I used to "set pins" at. They didn't (and still don't) have automated lanes. As I said on facebook, it was $5 per game, 2 sodas, & a candy bar for pay. Usually, the bowlers would also tip if you were fast! Good times. Here's the bowling alley.
Summer is just rolling here into June, and it's been a wild one. Stacy and I had a sick kiddo on our hands last week. Luckily, between taking turns at home and my lovely mother-in-law, Jake made it through the week. He took a trip for some feel better at the docs office, and was so good his mom even bought him a little "prize" at Wal-greens. Who is that masked man!? It's JAKE!
He's growing so fast!
I knew he was back up to speed because he wanted to go outside this weekend and play baseball, basketball, and on "Jake's Park" which is what he calls his swingset and playhouse.
Had a nice lunch Saturday at Bonehead's at Poplar/Perkins Ext. Jake likes eating there too because he can see the trains go by. I think my wife likes it because it's near the mall.
I took a trip Sunday to Carriage Crossing for my annual "new black Clark's" trip. I go through a black pair of Clark slip ons per year. I still love that mall.