It is no surprise to those who know me that I am not a fan of the Summer. My favorite time of the year lies between September 1st through New Year’s Eve. But with the new season just about here (and having had a taste of it already), I feel that I must get this out now before I blow a gasket. So here they are, the Top 5 Reasons I HATE Summer…
5: Longer Days - People who know me know of my ‘vampire’ ways. I’ve always been a night-owl, even when I was in grade school. (Mom dreaded getting me up for school in the AM.) I wake up when the sun goes down and unfortunately for people like myself, the days seem to drag on forever. For some, it gets even worse…SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorder) is known mostly for the Winter months, but there is a small population who experience it as the temperature warms. I often get depressed and become a miserable, cranky biotch in the Summer, but for some, it is simply unbearable and something for friends and family to watch for. Mostly, I just like it dark outside. It works for me.
3: Sun - I am one of the whitest people you’ll ever meet. The sun and I are NOT friends (see number 5) and while everyone walks around with their pretty beach-made-real-tans, I remain pasty and ghost-like. Oh, I’ve had my share of burns, sun poisoning, and skin peeling when I was younger, but as I’ve gotten older I've tried to stay out of the sun. Every now and then I cheat, just trying to get a little color. It is a rare thing and I don’t really like to do it. My aversion has paid off in a way--I don’t really look my age (so far) and I’ve been able to avoid the old “skin-C-word” that runs in my family. However walking around like Casper in July comes with a price, and that price is mocking. My friends are evil, but let them mock—for I am pasty and proud!!
1: Humidity - New England is incredibly humid in the Summer. That heat we were talking about above? Well, add the humidity and you will know what a lobster feels like going into a pot of boiling water. There is no escape. It seeps into your pores. It suffocates and it makes even non-asthma sufferers wish they had inhalers! You can feel it hit you like a brick wall as you walk outside from an air conditioned environment. If you stand near a busy door (like an office building, apt. building, etc.) listen carefully. When it's a particularly high-humidity day, you can hear the sound. One by one as they all walk out of the cool and into the soup, “UGH.”
No fear though folks—September is only 3 short months away and soon there will be cool breezes, leaves of color, and apples ripe for the picking! It’s that thought that gets me though the Summer. That and a lot of ice cold beer!!! Happy Summer Everyone!!!
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