Grandpa could handle ‘dog days’

Jun 24, 2003 8:08 AM

Just what are the "dog days of summer?"

Well, I have asked several people and received numerous answers. One suggests that when it was so hot, only the dogs would go outside. The one I believe is right states that it’s a baseball term describing the season winding down and going into those hot August days and nights.

So what to do in these Dog Days? Well, thinking back to when I was a kid, we would have a wienie roast. Nowadays, they call that a cookout. Back then; all we could cook out were hot dogs. I would go to the lake, show off my muscles and check out the chicks. Well, I can just forget about that.

When I was really a kid, the best thing about those days was that school was out for the summer. I can remember going bobbing for watermelon at the local ice plant. I bet not many of you out there ever did that. Well, my grandfather would take me to the ice plant and they would have all the melons in this huge tub of ice water. My grandfather and myself would pick one out and pound on it to make sure it was firm. Then the guy would cut a plug in it and I would be the official taster.

Now that was a great way to spend a Dog Day.

Well, the other day it just felt like one of those type of days. However, I couldn’t do any of the old stuff and I don’t wienie roast or cookout. I decided to go over to the Orleans Casino to have a hot dog, some pop corn and catch a movie in the nice cool theatre.

The movie was great and I highly recommend it (Bend it Like Beckham). After the movie (which deals with the English soccer superstar), I headed over to the race and sports book to see what was going on. Since it was a Tuesday there was little to offer but I did find out about a horse contest the Gold Coast is holding this Wednesday.

The thing that really attracted me to the contest was that it was free! I just love free, and the prize money is $3.000. You can count me in. This contest is a win-place format and will be a trial run for the upcoming $250,000 Summer Classic on July 10-12. I think they should call it the Dog Days of Summer Classic.

Here’s some skinny from the sports book. It may not be the real deal but I did hear it from a very reliably source that the Gold Coast was getting ready to offer a bet on the first five innings of a baseball game. I think that is a great idea and it could really liven up these Dog Days. How many times have you put your hard earned money on a top pitcher only to have him leave the game after six innings with a one run lead and see the reliever give the game away.

I just hope we will be able to make parlays. What about it Bert?

Well, all I can say to end this is what Nat King Cole said in his song, "Roll on those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, those days of soda, pretzels and beer."