The end of July always brings the Celina Lake Festival....I don't head up town often, but did take in the car show and watched the fireworks from the upstairs.....the old days(1970s) I would spend the entire 3 days uptown, sitting in the Red Door, in our celebration of Summer on Grand Lake.August--
The final full month of summer saw one of my blog buddies Jeff aka The Fat Hairy Bastard and his partner Denise visit Ohio...I met up with them one afternoon for a couple of beers and lunch down in Dayton...always great to meet someone you "visit" with but have never met in person....they were just like they are in the blog world...great people. With Baseball ended for another season, I set my sights on my 4th year doing football...I had a full schedule which started in mid-August with scrimmages, and looked forward to a full year(unlike last season) of a pain free back....at least I was keeping my fingers crossed. Mid August was time for the Bar Stool Open around Grand Lake....4 on a team, 8 on a boat, you drink and mini putt your way around the Lake...our team led by Nick sucked, but we stayed somewhat sober, and finished without sinking the boat, and made it to his house where Patricia drove over and picked me up....still smart enough never to drink and drive these days
The end of August John McCain came to Dayton and introduced his Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin to the GOP....McCain did this at the Nutter Center on Wright State University, where but 10 weeks before we had watched our youngest, Hal, march on his graduation from WSU. For my money Palin was the only bright spot during a dismal Presidential year....between Obama, Hair Plug Biden, McCain, and Sarah, she was the only one worth a damn...felt so then, still do today.
Tomorrow--Fall Beckons/September-October 2008
photos-Top Captain Nick and me halfway through the Bar Stool Open 2008-then the 3 things we used our "Stimulus" Check for....Stove, Freezer, and to re-stock the basement Armageddon Shelves-Some of the summer cigars I purchased, Lake Festival Fireworks and my friend "Whitey" Klosterman and his Classic Buicks at the Lake Fest Car Show. Sarah Palin, the only good thing to come out of politics 2008, and some of the boats lined up at Carta Villa on Grand Lake during the "Bar Stool Open", also me, the Fat Hairy One, and his Denise at Dayton...and one of our backyard Sunflowers that bloomed late this past summer.