July 29, 2014

3 ½ weeks

It's only been 3 ½ weeks since July 4 and yet it almost couldn't feel further away. It feels like the summer sun's been beating down for ages now, like we've been mowing the lawn incessantly, like the summer parties have been playing havoc with our responsibilities for months already, forcing us to juggle what we want to do with what we need to do.

And yet, July 4 was only 25 days ago. A shade over 3 weeks. 

This is the slippery slope of the summer; when you think you've got all the time in the world and summer's just getting into full swing when you realize that the time is actually waning and the end is near. Make no mistake: there's still time left. Lots of it in fact. However, it's July 29, and in three more days it will be August. Then the countdown begins in earnest: you've burned through the end of May (Happy Memorial Day!), all of June (Father's Day! Summer's here!), and then July (Happy 4th!) without a care in the world. August usually arrives as a head-scratching, "What the..." type of event where we suddenly realize where we are in time and space and realize it's August, the unofficial last month of summer, or at least summer vacation.

It all happens in the blink of an eye. Weekdays spent working, commuting, planning, worrying, and going about your daily business. Weekends spent on the lawn, on the bicycle, at the park and at parties. It's a blissful duality you don't truly find any other time. So looking back it's been a pretty great 3 ½ weeks so far. How has yours been, and what will you do with the next 4 weeks?

June 24, 2014

Amazon Forum Gem

You never know what you're going to find in Amazon's forums. Usually I forget they exist instead merely reading up on an item's description and reviewer comments. But there are Amazon forums that exist outside of specific products and a chance browsing flyby today yielded a gold nugget. Check it out for yourself: KFC Asked My Wife to Leave.

June 20, 2014

Summer Solstice 2014

A nice article from USA Today about the summer solstice, which occurs tomorrow at 6:51am EDT. Say Hello to Summer!

March 01, 2014

Happy Victo Spring!


Let's face it. At no time in recent years has it been more true than now: we've had a LONG hard winter. There's been tons of snow and to call the temperatures frigid is an understatement. Across most of the US northeast normal temperatures have started in the single digits every morning and climbed only into the mid 20s. Even southern states which are normally unscathed have been affected, as snow has fallen many times in places like Atlanta Georgia, well over the Mason/Dixon line. It's as if old man winter wanted to take out his rage on everyone this year and not even the northern/southern boundaries could stop him.

Things looked quite bleak back in December as storms and cold weather started to occur with more frequency. We were at the beginning of this thing called Winter, unsure how it would play out this year: mild or harsh. The answer was uncharacteristically harsh. And looking at the calendar and realizing that we had months to go only made it seem worse. Enduring one or two storms was acceptable. But 3 more months of it? That was the real issue. The long game. This year Winter has dragged on, as the snow and temperatures kept falling, dragging our moods down with it.

But there is finally something to be hopeful about.  We're no longer at the beginning of this. We're near the end. We've endured December, enjoying the Holidays even as the storm season picked up. We've ushered in the new year and made it through January as temperatures plummeted. We've limped into February and finally made it through. Now the calendar has been flipped one more time and we're finally into March. Now things are different.

The concept of Victo Spring means there is a light at the end of the tunnel. That we've flipped the calendar to a whole new month and can look forward to a new season's imminent arrival: Spring. Victo Spring is the harbinger of that season; like a mountaintop herald playing his trumpet sending the message, "Spring is coming! Stay strong!". Victo Spring is the extra push we need to make it through the homestretch; to wait for the winter weather to finally break and for the warm weather to finally make it's appearance. The arrival of Victo Spring sends the message: It's Not Long Now.

And this year there is a new wrinkle: the mainstream media is embracing it. Apparently everyone else in the world is coming around to the idea of March 1 as the "unofficial" start of Spring. Most of them are calling it the "meteorological spring", to differentiate between the weather-related season of Spring and the astrological Spring, also known as the spring equinox which occurs March 20 or 21 depending on the year.

Here's a sampling of the articles which reference and support the March 1 theory:
But we all know where all this started, don't we? With me, and posted here first, years ago.
But in the end it's all good. March 1 has always seemed like the arrival of Spring and although it's been a long time since I originally started vocalizing that thought, and came up with the Victo Spring concept, the payoff is now as it finally gains acceptance by everyone. It's all over the place: March 1 IS the arrival of Spring.

With that in mind:  Happy Victo Spring! And may the weather where you are finally start the long warm-up process soon.