Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"Summer, summer, summertime, time to sit back and unwind"*

The summer solstice rolls in on June 21st, ushering in the warmest days of the year (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere). This is the longest day of the year, which when looking at the symbolic meaning of lightness and darkness, means we are truly approaching the high point of the year.

My father once said that the summer solstice always makes him want to jump in a car and follow the sun north to see how long the day will last. My sister and I sort of did this one year. We actually hopped on a plane—not the one we were hoping to get on, but that's a story for another day—and headed north...first to Seattle (which we weren't supposed to go to) and then finally to Anchorage, Alaska.

We were there to run the Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon (find our results here...look in the 5:06 range). We raised over $11,500 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thanks in large part to sponsorship by William B. Meyer, the man and the company.

We have many, many, many stories, adventures, and pictures (which are all from the pre-digital age, so they have to be scanned in before they make it on this blog) from our marathon training and that trip. You may read about it in our memoir Loose Bowels & Butt Chap (see comments). Oh wait, it's not yet published...okay, it's not even written yet. This is a good start, though.

*DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince