Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pie and Beer Day

Last night we got back to Salt Lake City, where we have a house. For the last three weeks I've been visiting my Mom in Ohio; I also went to my high school reunion and got to see my son who lives near Cleveland.  While I was in Ohio, Jim took a two-week trip to Oregon and Washington in the motor home (First ever solo trip! Although when you've got the dog, you're never alone) then flew to Ohio and we spent a week there together

As we were waiting for our connecting flight from Denver yesterday, our son-in-law texted this photo of our car’s outdoor temperature reading with the message “Welcome Home.” 

If you can't read that, it says "104F." When the plane landed at 8:30 it had cooled off to 102.  Like they say, it’s a dry heat.

Today we are celebrating “Pioneer Day," a state holiday commemorating the arrival of the Mormon pioneers.  As the story goes, on July 24, 1847, Mormon leader Brigham Young (who was ill with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever) peeked out of the wagon in which he was riding, got a glimpse of the Salt Lake Valley, and said something along the lines of ‘This is the place.”   

A few years ago I first heard someone jokingly call the celebration “Pie and Beer Day."

Apparently the sloppy enunciation caught on, and along with the official Pioneer Day parade, fireworks, 10K et al, there are several Pie and Beer Day celebrations. The simply named “Beer Bar" -- which is exactly what its name says and is partially owned by the Modern Family Actor Ty Burrell -- is having one, and daughter Ashley took me and the kids to a different Pie and Beer Day party this evening. Ours had key lime pie, blueberry pie, cherry pie, pizza pie, and a variety of home made beer including root beer.

If your relatives didn't push a hand cart across the plains and up and down the mountains, then celebrate Pie and Beer Day.  It's the festivus for the rest of us.

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