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The 4 man rules for Memorial Day weekend

Chicken straight off the barbecue grill should be

Chicken straight off the barbecue grill should be moist and nicely browned. Credit: Newsday/Tony Jerome

I've met people in this world who don't like movies. Or don't like the snow. Or don't like melted cheese.

But I've never come across someone who said, "You know, I really don't enjoy Memorial Day weekend."

With that in mind, I pass along to my dear LOL readers the four rules I have cultivated over the past 10 years or so. You'll find them quite handy, I think. Give them a read and then post your must-do list for the unofficial start to summer.

1) Socks are illegal -- shoes, too!

Why would you deprive your feet of experiencing the start to summer? They've been cooped up in your shoes all winter. Set 'em free! If you took advantage of Old Navy's $1 flip-flop sale, you're good to go. If not, start shopping.

2) Eat food prepared by someone else

The backyard barbecue season starts this weekend, so start milking your contact lists to see what they're doing. Offer to bring something in advance to help secure the invite. Restaurants do NOT count as "someone else" this weekend.

3) No collared shirts allowed

This is a firm rule, with weddings the only exception. If you need to dress nice to go somewhere on Memorial Day weekend, consider not going. Or get yourself a nice V-neck or crew-neck shirt.

4) Watch "The Flamingo Kid"

Matt Dillon. Brooklyn in the early 1960s. Beach club. The debut of Janet Jones. Need more? Watch the trailer below, then move it to the top of your queue in Netflix or Blockbuster.