You know the feeling.
It always happens right around this time every year. You never know exactly when it’s going to happen, but sooner or later it will. Perhaps one morning you’ll wake up, look outside the window, see the clear blue sky outside, and suddenly it’ll hit you. Out of nowhere, suddenly you realize that it’s mid-August, and when you weren’t looking, late Summer has arrived. Labor Day is mere weeks away, and before you know it, it’s going to be Fall. And it doesn’t matter what you’ve done, where you’ve been or how you’ve spent your precious annual allotment of 2 1/2 months (give or take) of reasonably sunny weather, somehow it’s never enough.
Yes, that’s right, it’s time once again for Summer panic season. That time when people seem to always weigh their Summer in the balance, and inevitably find it wanting. This can happen for a variety of reasons. For the younger generation, there’s the omnipresent threat of looming SCHOOL in the near future. For others, perhaps it’s the memory of just how crummy the prior three seasons have been, and the fear that nine-and-a-half months of similarly crummy weather may be just around the corner (and the weather forecasters, always eager to come up with humongous loads of meteorological technobabble, probably aren’t helping any here.) Then again, there’s always exceptions too. Perhaps some of those people who have endured the big Midwestern heat waves over the past couple of months look forward to a time when it isn’t 115 degrees outside every single freakin’ day. And even though I sometimes have a hard time believing it myself, there’s always the people who seem to welcome the arrival of Fall for some odd reason. Sure, there’s all the nice Fall colors to see, and it generally means that Halloween and Thanksgiving are coming soon, but it also means that things are going to get gloomy and cold, and there’s a pretty good chance they’re going to stay that way for quite a while. The fact that we just got through enduring one of the coldest Springs on record in the Seattle area probably isn’t helping Fall’s case much here either.
But even though the arrival of Fall is inevitable (unless, you happen to have the resources to do stuff like go spend the next six months down in the Caribbean or something like that,) it’s not here just yet. In fact, as of today there’s still a good 41 days of Summer remaining, at least if you’re going by the astronomical version of things. And surprisingly, the weather for the past couple of weeks hasn’t even been completely terrible, so there’s still plenty of time to go out and do summery things if you’ve still got stuff to check off your list. If you play your cards right, then you might even still be able to sneak in a vacation or two. Of course that’s not always an option when you find yourself in the all-too-familiar position of having to make a living for yourself and (in most cases) some quantity of additional dependents, each of which tends to come with their own set of schedule conflicts, but that never seems to stop people from almost unconsciously wandering over to one travel site or another and trying to figure out what they can manage to sneak in.
In fact, if you can manage to sneak in a late Summer trip, it’s a great time to sneak away for a vacation. Most of the kids tend to be back in school by then, and a lot of the grown-ups seem to be back into the old grind as well, and yet the weather is still (for the most part) fairly nice in September, and you generally miss most of the crowds you’d have to wade through in the Summer at many popular vacation spots. I suppose if I was married with a family I’d probably have to get used to wading through crowds anyway (in more ways than one) but for now, I’ll take the relative peace and quiet (sort of) where I can get it. As I’ve discussed previously, I actually have two separate trips planned for September, both of which should be interesting in completely different ways. One will be getting away from pretty much nothing at all, and the other will be getting away from pretty much everything (for a while at least.) You’ll see more on these later.
In the meantime, even though I’ve known all Summer that a lot of the fun stuff wouldn’t be happening until late August and September, I still can’t quite seem to shake the feeling that I’ve been wasting my Summer, and that I’m running out of it in a hurry. I think part of the problem is that there’s just so much stuff that you’re supposed to do in the Summer that there’s just never enough time to get it all in, so you do what you can, but it never feels like it’s enough. I suppose it never hurts to try though, right?