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Friday, June 27, 2003

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Our neighborhood hosted a Zip Code Day party for the whole zip code tonight. The party was in the intersection about a half block from my house. There were at least 200 people there. A great time was had by all. Well, I had a great time, anyway. It was really nice to see a lot of people outside having fun.

There were about 20 classic cars on display. Someone brought a petting zoo. Someone else brought his honey bees. But I don't think anyone petted the bees. Someone from the historic section at the local library had an exhibit of old photographs from the neighborhood in olden days.

Pepsi provided the drinks. State Rep. Raymond Poe cooked hotdogs. He's well known around these parts for his cookouts. I can't remember the last time I had a hotdog cooked on an outdoor grill. It was delicious.

I gave free political advice to our new alderman. Actually, he's been an alderman for quite some time — since we've had an aldermanic form of city government. It's just that the city was recently redistricted and my block was moved into his ward. I told him to approve the nomination of our new police chief and to not let the local politicos make the police chief have to deal with politics. He agreed with me. He indicated that if the guy doesn't work out, we can always fire him. I agreed with him.

What Zip Code Day would be complete without a commemorative postal cancellation. The Post Office had a special envelope with artwork, a stamp, and a cancellation thing. A local letter carrier did the artwork. They were really cool.

In the entertainment department, the Springfield Municipal Band played a rollicking selection of tunes, including one even I recognized: The theme from the Flintstones. But, the highlight of the night was the Jesse White Tumblers with Jesse White. These kids put on such a terrific show.

At one time, this was a high partying neighborhood. Or, so we thought. Until tonight. This was definitely a night for the local history books.

Posted by Marie at June 27, 2003 11:53 PM