They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me

May The Sixth

May the First -- May Day
May the Fourth -- Star Wars Day (May The Fourth Be With You)
May the Fifth -- Cinco de Mayo (May The Fifth)
May the Sixth -- the Anniversary Of The Year Without Summer
May the Eighth -- V-E Day (7 May in Commonwealth, 9 May in former Soviet Union)

May the Sixth is our very own commemoration. May the Sixth was first celebrated in 2014 (DW) (LJ).
It was Monday 6 May 2013 that a wound specialist with Spectrum Home Nursing took one look at my foot and said, "You're going to the ER." I couldn't even get up off the floor, I'd gotten so sick and weak, and the Allendale Fire Department came, put me on a canvas sheet and pulled me through the house, into the garage and onto the gurney from Life Ambulance. I wouldn't be released to go home until 19 October 2013 -- 5½ months later.
Much like Saturday's expedition (DW) (LJ), we decided to avoid Holland and Tulip time. So this year we went out to porto bello in Grand Haven, which we probably haven't been to in at least ten years, maybe longer. I'd forgotten how complicated the small parking lot was, given what street entrances you could get in or out of. (grin) Like I said, it'd been a long time. But, we had a lovely meal:

Tender Calamari rings, flash fried, served with marinara

Dr. Phil:
Henry Weinhard's Bottled Root Beer
Fettuccini Alfredo
Fettuccine smothered in rich Parmeasan cheese and cream
With Pesto

Mrs. Dr. Phil:
Seared Tuna
Ahi Tuna steak, pan seared with pine nuts, balsamic vinegar, served on linguini
Recommended served medium rare

Pascual Toso Malbec
Agentine, clean and fruitful with a rich and long finish including accents of vanilla & oak

Entrees come with:
House salad (upgraded to Caesar) and bread

The calimari were light and delightful. Not sure what they were breaded in, or what oil was used. Our fingers ended up lightly oiled, but it wasn't heavy. And they'd come out hot, so I guess they didn't or couldn't drain them any more. We'd forgotten that they'd bring the salads out in a big tulip bowl and plates as a Caesar salad for two. The bread, however, was forgotten until the end -- we used it clean out the dinner plates (grin)

There was a time when I ordered Fettuccini Alfredo a lot, until I finally decided -- 15 or 20 years ago -- that I just didn't need anything that heavy anymore of butter and cream. But I saw some somewhere recently, might have been something that Momcat had at Perredies in Holland, and thought I'd have it once. And adding the Pesto was a really nice transformation from a straight, heavy Alfredo. Very much enjoyed it. Will wait another ten years before I do it again. (big-fat-grin)

Two years since the start of The Year Without A Summer. Of course, last year I had something of a relapse, but we're trying very hard to keep 2015 from being the third year with any hospitalization. So a toast! (Click on photo for larger.)
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I didn't bring one of the Nikons, and I hadn't tried a self-portrait with Wendy's Canon A550. For being unable to aim and strongly backlit, not too horrible. (Click on photo for larger.)
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A silly shot together. Hey, it's a celebration! (Click on photo for larger.)
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After dinner, we decided to wander along Lakeshore to M-45. It was around 7pm now and the sun was coming down. Very hazy afternoon, temps around 80°F. Along Grand Haven Beach, the flat water, boats, sun and sand begged to be photographed. Mrs. Dr. Phil decided she needed some sand to walk barefoot in.

This is Gus. Gus REALLY wanted to play in the water. Gus's mistress didn't want to deal with a wet dog. Gus stayed on dry land. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Now, of course, I'm wishing I HAD brought a Nikon. The exposure and the little consumer point-and-shoot are working overtime here to show any blue sky. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Last three shots with camera held out the window so I wasn't shooting through the windshield. It wasn't completely the camera -- where sky and lake met was very hard to see. The distant person in the middle is Mrs. Dr. Phil dipping her toes in Lake Michigan. Report: sand lovely and warm, water COLD. (Click on photo for larger.)
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And Mrs. Dr. Phil returning from her little adventure. (Click on photo for larger.)
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I suppose we'll have to do something to celebrate Freedom From The Year Without A Summer Day come October -- May the Sixth next year. (grin) Ah, traditions...

Dr. Phil
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