NOB HILL--When I was a college student in Chicago, the first warm day of spring was a ritual in seasonal celebration.
- Meister Brau started selling bock beer again. It only happened in the spring. Rumor was that it was vat-cleaning time. Russell Adams asserts that this is in fact the case.
- Everybody takes their beer and a chair and goes up on the roof. Tar beach. In Chicago, the roof was about the only open space one could find. Of course, we are talking about rows of 5-story apartment buildings.