Whiling away the summer



June 16, 2018 - 4:00 AM

At Week’s End

What, a young friend asked, did you do as a kid on hot summer days without televisions, computers and other gadgets?

The answer was easy: I spent most of my time outdoors, where even a slight breeze was more refreshing than being cooped up in a house without air-conditioning.

We had a two-car garage — adequate if you had a Model A or a narrow 1949 Ford, my folks’ first car — usually referred to as “the barn.” Full-dimension two-by-fours overlaid with one-inch boards created a loft, reached only by propping up a ladder. I occasionally ventured up, although in the heat of summer it was a challenge.

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