Today is the kind of day I'd like to store in my memory and bust out in the middle of January. In Milwaukee, today, on June 1, it's the perfect day.
On the East Side, right now, weather.com says it's 67 degrees, but I'd venture to guess it's in the low 70s, at least by my office. There isn't a cloud in the sky, and a brisk wind is keeping the heat from making things even the slightest bit uncomfortable.
I took the convertible to work today, and the cruise up Lincoln Memorial couldn't have been more pleasant. For lunch, I renewed an old tradition of mine: I picked up a sandwich at Koppa's Fulbeli Deli and enjoyed it, in solitude, in Back Bay Park, with only the sounds of the lake to keep me company.
Tonight, I'll go for a run, but I won't rush, because sundown comes at 8:24 p.m. And even though this nagging pain in my back, recently diagnosed as a herniated disc, is slowing me down, I'll savor the jog as long as my body allows it. Which will hopefully be somewhere around 5K.
Today is the kind of day when people find a reason to get themselves outside. Neighbors talk to each other, dogs get walked. People sun themselves, and with the low humidity and crisp weather, even us allergy sufferers have little to complain about.
And to think, some people live in climates where it's like this every day.
But not here. I like to think that our brutal winters make us appreciate days like today even more ... though I don't really feel like thinking about winter at all right now.
Today is the perfect Milwaukee day, and the only thing that could make it be more perfect would be if it was a Saturday.
And so, I won't squander it. I will get my work done and get back outside and soak up every minute of this perfection. I believe weather can profoundly affect one's mood, and today, I'm in a great one.
Remember this perfect day, Milwaukee. Store it away, cherish it right now, and think about the great summer ahead that will be filled with many more of the same.
Andy is the president, publisher and founder of OnMilwaukee. He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.
Before launching OnMilwaukee.com in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.
Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.