Memorial Day 2016 is for us to remember military men and women who have died to keep us free. Also, to remember our loved ones who have passed on. But it also marks the unofficial start of barbecue season, and many Americans will be firing up their grills this holiday weekend.
Well, it is officially parade season. Selah Community Days was just last weekend, Yakima's Memorial Day parade is Saturday (May 27), followed by Zillah Days, the Moxee Hop Festival and a long lineup of others. I remember building floats for the parades we had when I was a kid. I was so excited to go help. All of the planning and fun of building the float was great. Then I got older.
In celebration of National Wine Day, it is only fitting that I make me some creamy pesto with bow pasta, a beautiful steak and some yummy corn. That is exactly what I had and to finish it off, a nice glass of white wine. Yummy! I love finding out different ways and different dishes to pair wines with.
I have a question for you. What would you do if someone called you up and said they were with the Police Department and that they had a warrant for your arrest? And what if they said that if you didn't pay a fine right then -- over the phone with a credit card -- they would come and arrest you? This is exactly what is happening in the Yakima Valley. And people are actually paying the fine over the phone, reports say.
Central Washington Bike Nights at the Warehouse Sports Bar and Grill on 11th Avenue in Yakima was huge Tuesday night (May 23) -- more than 130 motorcycles and a bunch of vehicles showed up! We honored our fallen bikers, and dedicated this week's gathering to our friend Nathan Thompson, who died suddenly on Monday. Everyone paid their respects.
The morning of Monday, May 22, a very good friend of everyone was taken suddenly from us. Nathan Thompson was found dead in his bed. He always came to Bike Nights and was a friend to everyone in the community. This Tuesday's (May 23) Central Washington Bike Nights at the Warehouse in Yakima, 11th Avenue and Tieton Drive, will be dedicated to Nathan and his wonderful memory.
Selah Community Days did not disappoint this year. People came out in droves to attend all of the festivities. It really was a milestone for the community. The parade brought more than usual. Half of the floats themes were about being a true American. Even the Selah queen and princess floats were designed to honor our country. To finish it off was the armed forces ceremony at Wixson Park. I was honored to be asked to be a part of it.
Selah Community Days has brought some fun things these past few days: the carnival, the parade, the amazing Hobo Feed and more. The last stop is the Armed Forces Appreciation Ceremony at noon, Sunday (May 21).
It blows my mind that once someone buys a lotto ticket they do not check it the next day. I try to buy a lotto ticket every time we get paid, just in case. When the lotto numbers come out, I watch for them.
Yup, I am that person. In the 24 hours I buy my lotto ticket and before they read the numbers, I have a list of things I am going to do. Yup, I am that person, too. New York sold a lotto ticket last year to someone at a deli.
The parade was fun, the music's great and that lemonade really hit the spot. But now that you're full of hot dogs, tacos, potatoes and Hobo Feed food, it's time to wander around the park and hit the carnival at Selah Community Days...
The way Selah does it, being a hobo doesn't seem all that bad. In fact, if you sidled up to one of those tables in the parking lot of the Selah Civic Center for Thursday's Hobo Feed, you might've been tempted to abandon all responsibility, hit the road and seek a more carefree life.
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