Man, this weekend felt great. It was jam packed and filled with all the things we couldn't do in the last year and a half. I'm not going to lie either, it was kind of weird. It's amazing how just over a year of social distancing can change you so much.

My daughter was invited to a friend's birthday party. Those didn't happen much last year, especially in the beginning. The party was at World of Wheels in Superior, and it was pretty busy. It felt weird to be bumping into people again. Kids were playing with each other, skating along. The dads were all trying to win their kids tickets on the arcade machines. It felt like normal again, which is so welcomed.

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It was also the first time in two years that we had Grandma's Marathon. Last year it was virtual and we didn't have a broadcast. This year the broadcast was back and I got to see some people that come in every year for the race that I've missed. We went out with some friends from the cities and met up for drinks at a bar. Both of us talked about how it's kind of surreal.

We took a boat ride along park point and eventually anchored off Bayfront Festival Park to listen to some of the music. It was a big crowd and a nice turnout. It's the first time I've seen people gathered at Bayfront in those numbers in a very long time.

Our downtown parking ramp was full this weekend, which literally hasn't even been close to happening since 2019. There were times when there were only a few cars in it on a workday. Who would have thought having a parking ramp full of cars would be a good sign?

This coming weekend we are planning on going to the Duluth Airshow, another event that's back after a year off. We're excited to go and support local businesses that are counting on a good summer to help recover some of their losses. We've still got more than half the summer left, let's make the most out of it.

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