Pick of the day: A safe graduation

By 1 p.m., the local Class of 2005 will have put high school in the past. A reminder of the graduation schedule: Northern Vance, 9 a.m.; Kerr-Vance Academy, 10 a.m.; and Southern Vance, noon. Western Vance’s 34 graduates hit party time about 7:30 p.m. Friday. For those of us who aren’t graduating this weekend, the ceremonies themselves (and maybe some peak-of-the-season strawberry picking in the afternoon if the thunderstorms stay away) are the day’s highlights. But more important, for the graduates, this Memorial Day weekend provides a time forsafe celebrating. Y’all aren’t old enough to drink, but … well, we were 18 once. So if you’re not smart enough to save your brain cells from booze, at least don’t make the deadly mistake of drinking and driving. End of lecture. Congratulations, graduates.