by Bob Sparrow
While some people like to call Memorial Day the ‘unofficial start of Summer’, I like to call Memorial Day the official recognition of those brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for preserving our freedoms. The ‘unofficial start of Summer’ when I was a kid started at about three o’clock on the last day of school – which was typically around the middle of June. However, the ‘actual start of Summer’ in the Northern Hemisphere occurs this year next Monday, June 20th at exactly 9:34 a.m. PDT when the sun reaches its northernmost point of the equator, but you probably already knew that. So during this last week of Spring I’m going to help you prepare for Summer.
As sister Suzanne explained last week, preparing for summer for those in Scottsdale means getting out of town. But some of us, who actually have to live in the same house all year long, have to ready ourselves in other ways. To wit:
Summer Songs – Nothing says summer like a great summer song, so I’ve put this compilation of ‘A Baker’s Dozen Summer Oldies’ together, burned them onto a CD and will be listening to it all summer. If you’d like a copy, send a self-addressed CD envelope to me and if your among the first 25 to do so, I’ll throw in some old Ginsu knifes that I’ve had lying around here for several years.
Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer – Nat King Cole
A Summer Song – Chad & Jeremy
In the Summer Time – Mungo Jerry
Summertime – Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
Summer Nights – John Travolta and Olivia Newton John
Summer Breeze – Seals & Crofts
Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
Summer in the City – Lovin’ Spoonful
Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra
Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
The Boys of Summer – Don Henley. And for my friends in Michigan . . .
All Summer Long – Kid Rock
Or you can just put on some Beach Boys.
Exercise – Remember the New Years’ resolution about losing that weight and really getting into shape? Yes, round is a shape, but just a reminder that you have about 4½ months before you start nibbling on that Halloween candy and attending those holiday parties. Now is the time, even if it’s just walking, to get out of the house. What are you doing still sitting at your computer? Go outside!! You can finish this later. It only goes downhill from here anyway.
Summer attire – No, you haven’t lost that weight and so you’re not buying that new wardrobe, but hey, it’s summer, buy some loose fitting Tommy Bahama or Margaritaville stuff along with a pair of Sanuk ‘beer cozy’ flip flops – the most comfortable flip flops you’ll ever own! Find them at REI – you may even find other cool stuff there that will get you outside.
BBQ – Yes, you can still do your favorite chicken or ribs recipe, but make this summer the one that your guests rave about your ‘new’ barbecuing skills. Try some rack of lamb as well as grilling some fruit and vegetables – watermelon, pears, how about grilling some lettuce for a Caesar salad? Corn and artichokes are awesome on the grill. Be different this summer. You can find a recipe for grilling almost anything on line. Go crazy – you’ll thank me later.
Summer Blockbusters – I understand that it’s early, but so far it doesn’t look like Tinsel Town will bust too many blocks this summer. So far we have The Conjuring 2, Warcraft, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, X-Men Apocalypse; Alice Through the Looking Glass (featuring Johnny Depp wearing his wife-beaters). Clearly Baby Boomers are no longer the ‘target market’. Reruns of M.A.S.H. and The Twilight Zone may be of more interest. You should be outside anyway!
Travel – What about travel? you’re asking. Summer used to be the time for those trips to the mountains, the beach, the national parks as that’s when our kids were out of school, but most of our reader’s kids have kids of their own, so I suggest that you stay away from those places and spend the summer planning to go there in late September or early October when the kids are back in school and the weather is still nice. Beside, ‘summer gas’ is more expensive that ‘winter gas’. What?! Yes, the oil companies would have us believe that they are two different products, but we understand supply and demand economics.
Sunblock – If you take nothing else away from this blog (which is very likely), take this: being tan is no longer cool, it’s a sign that you don’t understand actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma. I don’t either, but just put on sunblock!
Summer Quotes – I’ll leave you with some summer quotes.
“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability” – Sam Keen
“Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language” – Henry James
“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco – Mark Twain”
“Some of the best memories are made in flip flops” ― Kellie Elmore
“Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it . . . in summer school” ― Josh Stern
Enjoy your last days of Spring and next week, don’t forget the sunblock!