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RIP Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

What a mark Aretha made on the history of music in my lifetime, from the earlier hits of "Respect" and "Chain of Fools," to my all-time favorite, "Freeway of Love." That song was released in 1985, just a few years after I came out. It was my favorite dance song of the 80s. Her voice just kept you moving to the beat! Plus, the saxophone solo by Clarence Clemons was exhilarating.

It's cool how the video is in black and white until the very end when the car with a RESPECTful license plate turns PINK!

High School Reunion!

Update: I added another photo of one of the first Easter photos with the Durkeses.

Over the weekend Tony and I drove up to Rochester, Indiana for my 50th High School Reunion. It was an exhilarating and emotional experience. Most of the classmates I hadn't seen since high school graduation. I recognized some of the people without looking at their name tags, but it was difficult for a few. Many of my close friends were in attendance, including my best friend, John!

Before the reunion, John, Tony and I drove around town and Lake Manitou, and we had the best time reminiscing. We drove by the old A&W Drive-in, Dad's laundromat, the lake cottage my family rented every summer, Main Street, and most importantly, the Flagpole, the frozen custard shop from my childhood. It reopened this year so we stopped for ice cream (they no longer serve frozen custard), and Tony took this photo of John and me.

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Tony and I also found time to stop at Peg's house and visit with her. Her daughters, Linda, Sandra, and Brenda, were there too. I hadn't seen Peg since Mom's funeral in 2008. She looks great and she is still a tough cookie! I showed them the slideshow of Easter photos from the past on my iPad. Every Easter both of our families would meet and the kids lined up in order of age for Easter photos. Click here to see the slideshow.

Brenda, Sandra, Linda, Greg, and Peggy. Click the photo see a larger size.

One of our first Easter photos taken on 13TH Street in 1956ish.

L-R: Sandra, Phil, Linda, Mark, Me, and Patty.

An emotional moment at the Reunion was when we all went outside to the patio of the Elks Club, right on the lake, and had a memorial service for the 21 classmates who had passed. RIP, classmates.

Before we went back inside for our group photo, I captured this video of Lake Manitou. I didn't realize how much I missed being on this lake with all of its memories from my childhood: swimming, boating, skiing, and sitting at night in front of our cottage with my cousins in 1962, looking for Telstar. I loved the hit song that year of the same name. You can hear it here.

Photos from the Reunion:

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A Man and his Sculpture

What a beautiful day for cycling the Trail it was! And what a difference in the weather between today and 2 days ago. Of course, I realize winter may return again. It is Indiana, and there is climate change happening.

Today I saw some folks working on a new sculpture at the Old Washington Street Bridge in White River State Park. I took a photo of it. Then, I noticed a woman waving me to come over. Her name is Bonnie, and she told me that one of the men working on the sculpture was the artist himself. I walked over and introduced myself and asked him if I could take a photo of him with his sculpture. He replied, "Yes!" I asked Bonnie, who turned out to be a friend of his, to pose for the second photo. You can see more of Dale's work here.

The name of the sculpture is Counterpoint, and the sculptor is Dale Enochs. He also created the Time Flow sculpture on the west side of the State Capitol Building. I recognized the pattern in Counterpoint, which is similar to the two sculptures at 12th and Central Avenue. One was hit by a speeding car flying down Central several months ago. Dale says he is going to restore that sculpture with the help of the Old Northside Neighborhood Association.


 Dale Enochs and his sculpture, entitled  Counterpoint .

Dale Enochs and his sculpture, entitled Counterpoint.

 Dale and his friend, Bonnie.

Dale and his friend, Bonnie.

Heading to Saturday Night Dinner

I was just getting ready to cook dinner last Saturday night when my good friend Jerome texted me and asked what I was doing? I put down the skillet and replied, "Nothing!" Later that night Tony, Jerome, his friend Marcus (from Georgia), and I were walking down Ohio Street, headed to the Bangkok Restaurant. The sun was in line with them walking, so I took this photo with my iPhone X. 

Tony and I had eaten at Bangkok before with my brother and sister-in-law, and we knew it would be good. And it was, plus there was live jazz music playing during dinner.

Afterwards Jerome, Marcus, and I went to Greg's. It was so much fun! Plus, I ran into some friends I hadn't seen in years. Sometimes unexpected events are the best ones.

Tony, Jerome, and Marcus heading to Bangkok.