August? August! How did that happen already?!
Here are a few Salem summer sights — two, amusing; another, not so much:
* Judd Poindexter proved he could turn even a commonplace weekend sale into a “big fun event.”
He’s the lively entrepreneur behind “Judd’s Big Fun Events.” If you have kids, they have probably bounced in his bouncy-house, slurped a cool treat or ridden one of his contraptions at a party or church gathering.
(He was clad as a manic monkey, engineering trainloads of “Trunk-or-Treaters” around First United Methodist Church last Halloween — chased by Youth Fellowship zombies. OK, you had to be there.)
So of course a basic yard sale just wouldn’t suffice for Judd.
On a recent weekend he turned a North Market St. yard into something of a Salem Fair satellite: He set up his bouncy-castle and snow-cone stand. (My daughter joked that he must be able to pull such equipment out of his wallet at a moment’s notice.)
All to beckon extra shoppers as he parted with late, dear mom Connie Poindexter’s furnishings. Neighbor Karen Conner added a table of stuff, too.
(BigFunEvents@yahoo.com; (540) 309-0638)
* Maybe this has made you smile, too: The “hula” street-sign on College Lane, beside City Hall (on your way to the utility-bill drop-off box).
It looks like a warning: Like, “Slow. Hula-hoopers crossing.” But folks are out for less flamboyant exercise: Walking the neighborhood. (Caution is still appreciated.)
A brown “Walk for Life” map near the creek shows the mileage you can tally via two loops starting and ending at City Hall: 1. Broad St. / Hawthorn / N. Market: 1.15 miles. 2. McClung / Red Lane / N. Market: 0.6 miles.
But a hula-hooping station would be a grin.
* Now, to my gripe: PLEASE, O coaches, players and even sports photographers, quit encouraging soccer “headers!”
Players might look heroic taking that dramatic ball-to-the-head. But it is NOT a risk-worthy thing to do.
Researchers have been studying long-term brain damage — say, eventual Parkinson’s, etc. — from repetitive head injuries — even seemingly minor jostles. (An NBC “Rock Center with Brian Williams” featured the topic. And researchers at Virginia Tech have noted brain damage in young football players. Soccer players, of course, don’t even wear helmets.)
So, please boot out that practice. Thank you.
We now resume our regular light-hearted, summer programming…
(P.S. Library events for children have been delightful, and will get proper attention here next week.)