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IQ: War, remembrance and summer's eve 

Summer is almost here, folks, and it's time to party! Barbecues, beer, long days in the park, hot nights relaxing on the front porch -- what could be better? It's America's season, and Memorial Day is the unofficial jumping off point. This weekend, we remember our war veterans, our independence and all those who died in war, fighting for democracy. The season of the sun in America evokes patriotism at its best, though it sometimes seems we've forgotten what we're supposed to be remembering on Memorial Day.

click to enlarge Dave Locks
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Dave Locks
Percussionist
Neighborhood: Cheyenne Mountain

What are we supposed to remember on Memorial Day? All the people who fought and died for our country.

What's your best Memorial Day story? I don't usually remember Memorial Day, man. I just get really drunk and go to parties.

What's the most radical thing you're going to do this weekend? Get drunk down at Jack Quinn's, [and] hopefully get in a fight.

When's the first day of summer? Seems to me the first day it gets to about 80 degrees. That's about summer to me.

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  • Nick Jackson

Nick Jackson
Construction
Neighborhood: Denver

What are we supposed to remember on Memorial Day? All the veterans who have died.

What's your best Memorial Day story? A lake in Michigan, I suppose -- hung out, nice, warm Memorial Day, not many people.

What's the most radical thing you're going to do this weekend? Not much. Work all weekend.

When's the first day of summer? June 5th?

click to enlarge Martin Weimer
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Martin Weimer
Archaeologist
Neighborhood: Canon City

What are we supposed to remember on Memorial Day? Probably the veterans of ... I think it was based on World War Two.

What's your best Memorial Day story? I can't think of anything that happened on Memorial Day, for me.

What's the most radical thing you're going to do this weekend? Probably go collect rocks out in the hills, to put in some landscaping.

When's the first day of summer? June 21st, 22nd.

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Courtney Owens
Cook
Neighborhood: Downtown

What are we supposed to remember on Memorial Day? What I like to remember on Memorial Day is barbecue. It's just like Independence Day, right?

What's your best Memorial Day story? I can tell you my worst Memorial Day story. I had just barbecued about four slabs of ribs, three chickens -- a bunch of meat. I put it on top of the stove when I got through with it and went outside and was talking with some people. [I] Came back in and my dog knocked the roasting pan over and was eating up all the meat! If I didn't love that dog, he would have died that day.

What's the most radical thing you're going to do this weekend? I've gotta work; I'm just going to stay home and watch movies ... I don't think I'll go anywhere.

When's the first day of summer? May the 21st or something. I would say May 21st.

  • Summer is almost here, folks, and it's time to party!

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