Monday, June 7, I have the day off, but I'm up early with a plan. I want to get out and see what's going on in my hometown in the aftermath of the death of its favorite son. I saddle up the Bike with No Name, pull on my red, white and blue socks, swath my head in a star spangled do-wrap, drop the digital camera in a jersey pocket and go for a ride. The sky is the color of titanium. It is humid and the day warms rapidly.
This photo was taken a few blocks from my home. The man who lives here is a childhood friend of Ronald Reagan's. He kept in touch with the man he called "Dutch" through the years. Not only a friend, but a fan, he has made his home a virtual Reagan museum. The chainsaw sculpture represents Reagan as a young lifeguard at Lowell Park here in Dixon.
Among the older residents of our town, Reagan is well-remembered and remembered well. He was a popular young man and made many friends here.