Letter from the president: Distractions, distractions

May has been a month of distractions for me — distractions from the glaringly obvious fact that we are still waiting on the bike lanes to be installed on Cooper.

I appreciate that the city was considerate enough to delay the installation to avoid the CY Festival last year, but now August 1st can’t come soon enough. I feel like the kid in the backseat on a long road trip, asking Papa Wagenschutz if they are here yet.

Some of the distractions were a bummer, like my new central air conditioning acting up again and the ugly and painful ingrown toenails that have replaced the ones I lost after the 4-Miler last year. But a lot of the distractions were welcomed.

We were distracted all month long at the CYCA Office by the wonderfully eccentric art of Nick Canterucci. We were distracted planning this year’s Art for Art’s Sake Auction and receiving lots of beautiful pieces from our local artists. We were distracted helping to find a new home for one of the coolest dogs ever, and we managed to keep the dog in the neighborhood with a great family.

I also got to experience the best distraction ever by getting to train with the firefighters for a day to learn about the effects of the budget cuts to the fire department, and I got an awesome new bike helmet to wear when the bike lanes are installed. Not a bad month at all!

– June Hurt

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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