Friday, June 20, 2008

National Flip-Flop Day

a.k.a First Day of Summer
a.k.a. Summer Solstice
a.k.a. Saturday, June 21

Dear Friends of Olympic Cellars,

Well, I thought I was brilliant… for the last week or so I’ve been espousing around the winery that I was going to declare Saturday, June 21 “National Flip-Flop Day.” The impetus behind this brainchild? Flip-Flops, those fun, colorful, rubber sandals, are in my mind synonymous with summer. And though many of you have already experienced the hot days of summer and are wearing your flip-flops, those of us on the Olympic Peninsula are still waiting and are not sure that summer will ever arrive!

By declaring June 21, the first day of summer, National Flip-Flop Day, I thought we could create a little summer fun and hope the sun will follow! Besides, wearing Flip-Flops has good karma and lifts the spirits! Imagine thousands of people (or maybe just Olympic Cellars’ customer list) flip-flopping away on Saturday. The thought just makes you smile!

To verify the originality of my idea, I did a Google search (you know you can Google everything. ) On my first search I found that someone else had already bestowed this honor upon the Flip-Flop. Last year Tropical Smoothie, with more than 300 locations nationwide including one in Vancouver, WA, launched its first annual National Flip-Flop Day to ring in the summer season.

Dang… they’re serving smoothies but I’m serving wine!

On a more serious note, we all know that many Americans are suffering the wrath of Mother Nature this year, and that there is a lot of “bad stuff” happening in our world over which we have no control. We all help where we can but uncertainty can leave you anxious when thinking about the future. Wearing Flip-Flops for one day is not going to solve the issues facing our world and I’m not trying to make light of them. But, we all have the power to make a difference within our own sphere of influence.

So take the time to reach out to those dearest to you… celebrate life and National Flip-Flop Day! As we like to say at the winery... savor the moment and cherish the memories.


PS. If you live close to the winery, wine tasting is on us Saturday if you walk through our doors wearing your favorite flip flops!

PPS. In the Pacific Northwest some might view our “sandal” foot attire as not being at the height of fashion when you have to add SOCKS to keep warm!

PPS. We would love pictures for our website!

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