Thursday, June 21, 2007
The Sun Sets on the Solstice....
I headed out to Emidio & Son's here in Cuyahoga Falls for a late night plate of homemade rigatoni. Looking out of the windshield of my trusty vehicle towards the western sky I noticed that it was still pale blue, not much darker than the midday sky....at 9:45 p.m. A visual reminder that I have just lived through the longest day of 2007. It is summer, the time of the sun, and I welcome this summer with open arms. I welcome those rays of light that make it through the holes in our ozone layer to warm me from the outside in. It has been a tough spring in many ways, although I am excited about all of the new beginnings that occupied my spring of '07.
My first triathlon season, my first swim in the Great Lake Erie, preperation for my first century with Amaterasu, my first year spending any significant time in Cleveland, and my first semester at CSU. This spring brought me to the end of the road at a couple of places where I had difficulty accepting the fact that those roads had ended. Today; the solstice, I am ever aware that there are new beginnings, new roads to travel to replace those old familiar paths. Welcome Sun!!!
The midday summer sun hung over me today at A.J. Rocco's in downtown Cleveland where I finally had the chance to meet Charlie, although because of bloggerland it seemed as if I had run into an old friend. He works at this fine establishment which offers good coffee, good food, good beer, and good company. If you are in downtown Cleveland near Jacob's field or the Q stop in, request some Grateful Dead for the radio (if you are so inclined), and enjoy the food, drink, and bicycle parking lot on the sidewalk out front.
Speaking of Jacob's field and sunshine, the Indians will be the first team in the American League to harness a portion of it's power for the stadium from the sun, once it's solar energy project is completed. The panels will be visible from I-77 and I-71 whilst passing by downtown. Don't you love Cleveland?
I love Cleveland. I love the sun. I love meeting new friends. I love good food and good coffee. I love sleep....and it's calling.