“All holidays can be good times.”

Today is Patriot’s Day, a holiday in Massachusetts. It is also a big day for sports. The Red Sox began playing at 11. In Hopkinton where the Boston Marathon starts, the first wave of runners set off at 8:50 while the elite runners started just after 9:30. It is a beautiful day, warm and sunny. It is short sleeve weather at the ballpark, but it might be just a bit too warm for the runners. Right now the lead women are all from Ethiopia and only 2 seconds separate them. The men are close to the finish line, and there are two running side by side. As for the woman, one runner took a commanding lead and has just run across the finish line. Atsede Baysa, an Ethiopian, is the 2016 Women’s winner. Demi Hayle, also an Ethiopian, has just won the men’s race.

My cats have disappeared. One is angry because I gave her all her medicine, and the other is hiding to avoid getting any.

I live alone in a good size house, but I spend most of my time in the den on the computer, watching television or lying on the couch reading if I can get the animals off. The house where I grew up was smaller than this one. Three bedrooms and the bathroom were upstairs while a living room and a smallish kitchen were downstairs. We had an enormous cellar which held some of our toys, the bikes and the washing machine. The center of the house was the living room with the TV which was one of those models in a cabinet. You had to open the doors to watch it. You also had to walk to it to change channels. My father sat in the big chair while the rest of us sat on the couch. We eventually would start pushing for more room, touching each other just to cause trouble, complaining to my father and blaming everyone else. My dad was never tolerant of the noise or the shoving.

Mostly we watched what he wanted to watch. On Sundays my father watched football. On Sundays I usually stayed in my room reading or listening to the radio or doing both at the same time. I do remember some programs. The one afternoon program I will never forget is Queen for a Day. I still remember the chosen queen wearing her robe, her tiara and carrying an orb of royalty as she stood and listened to what gifts she had been bequeath. You Asked for It was a favorite. Skippy Peanut Butter (or some other peanut butter) was its sponsor, and the person asking would have his/her name on the jar label. I always thought that show was interesting. Just like everyone else I knew, we watched Ed Sullivan. I remember his introductions of well known people in the audience. I also remember many of the women wore hats and mink stoles. I’ve always felt blessed that my father didn’t like Lawrence Welk.

 

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6 Comments on ““All holidays can be good times.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Rainy and cold again today but from tomorrow and for the rest of the week thay say weäll get sunshine and rather nice temperatures. I can’t remember when we had such an early and warm spring before, still I wouldn’t mind if it got even warmer 🙂

    Doesn’t the elite runners start fisrt? How odd. Here they always start first so no one else is in their way when they come running like crazy. I don’t think it matters where on earth the race is, it is always an Ethiopean or Kenyan who wins 🙂

    It’s so fun reading the names on those show and show hosts, I’ve heard about them all my life but never seen a single show 🙂 I guess our show hosts always were cxompared with the big ones in the US so the names were known but that was all 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The day has stayed lovely and warmer than it has been. It is supposed to be a similar day tomorrow. I didn’t get out today, but I figure to go with Gracie and take a ride down Cape.

      I looked up the starting times. Mobility impaired were the first to start 8: 50 then the wheelchairs were next followed by hand cycles. The elite women started at 9:32. Elite men and wave one left at 10 a.m. By 11:15 all four waves had started.

      There were so few a number of shows back then I remember them all.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Sitting in a small pub, drinking beer and listening to live Scottish-English Folk Music and sing along isn’t probably very patriotic but it was definitely fun tonight. Joni’s Miles Of Ailes album was played before and after the concert, you can bet that I like this pub though I’m not often there. Oh, the beer was local, so much for the patriotic part. Cheers and Happy Holiday!
    These two played tonight and during the intermission a guy from Yorkshire, can’t remember his name.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0kBB8bEbNo

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      This is only a state holiday which also includes Maine and strangely enough Wisconsin so you get to enjoy yourself any way you want. The holiday commemorates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775.

      I would have enjoyed the evening though I’d be drinking other than beer. I have never been able to abide the taste. I’d also enjoy this music, beer or no beer!

  3. Bob Says:

    I’m Toronto Canada and the weather today was gorgeous. It was warm and sunny. Even now as the sun is setting it’s 73 degrees.

    My parents bought a 3 bedroom, two bath ranch style house with a den, living room, dining room and two car garage. The living room remained sparsely furnished and my sister and I used it as a play room. We had one TV in the den and it had the first Zenith remote control that operated by clicks that told the TV to change channels, We only had the three networks and one independent station therefore the remote could be very simple.

    I remember Queen for a day which rewarded the woman with the most disastrous story. The quiz shows such as What’s My Line and Beat the Clock were fun. You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx was not really a quiz show but a reason for Groucho to insult the contestants. One famous story was that Groucho asked a woman how many children she had. She replied that she had 13 children. When Groucho asked her why so many she replied that she loved her husband. Groucho supposedly replied, I love my cigar but I take it out of my mouth every once in awhile.

    Everyone watched Ed Sullivan every Sunday night. It was the very end of vaudeville type shows. I am also thankful that my parents also didn’t like Lawrence Welk. At least Ed Sullivan would book Elvis, Buddy Holiday, The Rolling Stones and the Beetles.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      That sounds like perfect weather. 73˚is high enough for me.

      My parents bought their first house when I was in high school. My brother and I each had a bedroom on the first floor. On the second floor (a dormer) my sisters shared a huge room, my parents had their room and there was a bathroom. Downstairs was the other bathroom, the kitchen, the living room and the dining area. The washer and dryer were also there as there wasn’t a cellar. I loved that house. My parents sold it and moved when I was in the Peace Corps.

      I just saw the Groucho show where a woman and her husband had 15 children but several were adopted. I remembered I had read a book about the family sometime in the 1960’s. Grouch would tell them say the secret word and win $200.00. Someone said, “The secret word,” and they had to give her the money. They changed the way it was said after that.

      Ed Sullivan booked the best Rock and Roll acts. He was a bit of a visionary that way but then again he also booked Topo Gigio.


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