Wow! Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday that Julie and I were gearing up for Memorial Day and to get the summer started. I blinked and now Labor Day is just a memory. While I’m always sad to see summer go, I don’t think we let much grass grow under our feet as it was a fun-packed summer.
I really enjoyed the Senior PGA Tournament 2012 hosted at Harbor Shores and the corresponding Shore fashion show, only to have the summer come to a close with the Ryder Cup at Medinah in Itasca. That’s what I love so much about living here in Northwest Indiana: there are so many things to do locally, yet you are just a few short hours away from the fabulous treasures the state of Michigan has to offer on one side or the city life of Chicago and the Gold Coast on the other. In the real estate business they call it location, location, location. Well, I don’t think strategically there is a better location than Northwest Indiana.
Southwestern Michigan was unknown to us when Julie and I moved here. I had never even heard of Douglas, Saugatuck, Grand Rapids, South Haven, Benton Harbor or St. Joe, yet now I hang out in these places three to four weekends a year. I plan on spending some time at the expanded campus at Four Winds next month and new wineries and microbreweries keep popping up everywhere on both sides of the border. The effects of the Northwest Indiana Marquette Plan to revitalize the lakefront can be seen from wherever you look. And we make it a point to do a dinner cruise at least once every summer to appreciate the fireworks on Navy Pier and familiar Chicago skyline. It seems like home now, but that view was once as foreign to us as Shanghai.
I do believe we passed a milestone this summer as we convinced our daughter Michelle and her husband David to let their paws off the grandkids for a few days and let Grandma and Papa spoil them. Between laser-tag, putt-putt golf, go-cart racing, playing on the beach, ice cream and Jr. Special Agent FBI badges, I think the grandkids really enjoyed their visit this year. And as a special treat we flew my mom, Dixie Calfy, in for a week and overlapped a few days so the grandkids could play with great-grandma.
Yes, we did find a few free moments to put a line in the water, but not quite as much as I would have liked to, even with that day out on Lake Michigan, fishing for salmon with friends and Captain Carl Stopczynski, owner of Fuzzy Bear Charters, which was heaven. Towards the end of the month I plan to go the other direction up into Wisconsin and fish for walleye and Tiger Muskie with my stepdad Buck.
As bad as I feel about summer ending, I do look forward to fall and the football, hockey and basketball games that come with it. Thanksgiving and Christmas will be coming soon and I don’t think it’s too premature to think about the many, many blessings we enjoy in this part of the world and what we can do to make it a better place.
We will return in November to the subject of home entertainment next issue.
Bill Masterson, Jr.