Tuesday, July 03, 2012
... at least in Catonsville.
The day kicks off with the 30th Arbutus Firecracker 10k. Arbutus is the town adjacent to Catonsville. Close enough to walk to from my house. Then there are family picnic at the high school. We used to do that when the kids were little. The parade starts at 1:00 up on the main drag, Frederick Rd. We live one block off FredRd near the marshaling area, so we get a little parade-before-the-parade which has always been pretty cool.
FredRd has been lined with chairs since Fathers Day and has been steadily filling up since. Friday when the super-derecho came through (lights are still out all over town and it is hot!) there were chairs strewn all over FredRd. Very funny.
We always have people over, being so close to everything. So there is that. Then band music down at the High School and at sundown BOOM! Fireworks.
Last year, we skipped most of all that to go on vacation up at the Finger Lakes with our son and his in-laws. After I had run the 10k, we immediately hit the road for NY. Way up in upstate PA, She(WMBO) turned to me and told me to look out for gas stations, "I have about 30 miles left in the tank." Zoom!, one went by us and she started in with the "You missed it! I told you to look out." Hey, you're the drive, that's your job. By the way, why didn't you gas up before we left home? "Well, we had to leave as soon as you were done running." What did you do while I was running? "Shut up." Yeah, that's what I thought.
Next exit 6 miles. "We'll make that. Hope they have gas." Lying computer said we had 22 miles left in the tank. We were halfway in between and we ran out of gas.
She turned to me, smiled, and said, "I sure am glad you're in shape now." Yes, I ran back to the last exit, on the Interstate, in 100º heat. Fortunately, I found a kind soul to drive me back or I would have had to walk three miles all uphill with three gallons of gasoline, 24 pounds. Ugly as it was, that would have been a disaster.
Yes there was gas at the next exit.
This year we stay home.