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Bloviating Zeppelin: Summer Solstice

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Solstice

Today, Tuesday, June 21st, is the Summer Solstice.

Just what, precisely, does that mean?

In a few words: it is the longest day of the year in terms of daylight.

From this day forward, the amount of light per day will diminish towards Fall and then Winter.

I love every season with the very specific exception of Summer.

Summer, to me, means agonizing heat, some humidity, clogged roadways (in my case, up I-80), melanoma, carcinoma, my cancerous past, screaming kids, bawling infants, skyrocketing gas prices, rude vacationers, and long days to cover my fellow supervisors and deputies who customarily take the bulk of their time-off in this period.

Which is why, when I vacation, I do so in late October, December, January and February. When the fewest number of persons are on the roads or in hotels or in my way. And -- oddly enough -- hotel/motel rates are at their lowest. Imagine that.

I enjoy the rain, the fog, the snow, the cold, the sleet, the massive waves at the ocean, the horizontal snowstorms in the Sierras, the lack of people to mar my view of nature.

Predominantly, I hate people. If you vacation in Summer I likely hate you. I avoid you like the plague. You can deal with your fellow mindless locusts buzzing about with your ilk and kids. You can clean up your kids' vomit and snot. Leave the booth at the restaurant as though a war was fought there -- that's how inconsiderate you are. Bring your squalling horde of infants to the movie, dining place, outdoor venue I'd like to otherwise enjoy with my wife.

You can keep Summer. I stay at home and I work in the shade.

Which is why I can't wait for the Summer Solstice to subsume and grow smaller. Which means: people will be, by-and-by, going away.

This always makes me smile. It's all downhill from here.



Year Northern Hemisphere Southern Hemisphere
2000 June 21, 01:48 December 21, 13:37
2001 June 21, 07:38 December 21, 19:21
2002 June 21, 13:24 December 22, 01:14
2003 June 21, 19:10 December 22, 07:04
2004 June 21, 00:57 December 21, 12:42
2005 June 21, 06:46 December 21, 18:35
2006 June 21, 12:26 December 22, 00:22
2007 June 21, 18:06 December 22, 06:08
2008 June 20, 23:59 December 21, 12:04
2009 June 21, 05:46 December 21, 17:47
2010 June 21, 11:28 December 21, 23:38
2011 June 21, 17:16 December 22, 05:30
2012 June 20, 23:09 December 21, 11:12
2013 June 21, 05:04 December 21, 17:11
2014 June 21, 10:51 December 21, 23:03
2015 June 21, 16:38 December 22, 04:48
2016 June 20, 22:34 December 21, 10:44
2017 June 21, 04:24 December 21, 16:28
2018 June 21, 10:07 December 21, 22:23
2019 June 21, 15:54 December 22, 04:19
2020 June 20, 21:44 December 21, 10:02


Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...

We had 3" of snow on the Divide last night. Always fun to see the tourists in their shorts and T Shirts "enjoying" a Colorado summer.

Mon Jun 20, 07:21:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

I also enjoy that. But, unless the drifts are over my head, I customarily wear shorts anyway. Cold, to me, beGINS at 20+ below.

Then that's kinda/sorta cold.

Not quite there, but a good start.


Mon Jun 20, 07:59:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bushwack said...

You and I bro are kin. I hate summer ( In my youth I loved it) In my youth it meant beach trips, hot chicks in bikini's, day long golf, river rafting, and beer drinkin/hell raising. Now it means as you said.

We try to do our vacations around the crowds. My favorite time of year is fall/winter, spring is okay but because it's followed by summer it's like waiting for know what's coming.

Tue Jun 21, 01:58:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Atrios said...

earth was weird.. so,... let save the earth...Summer Solstice Shifting Spring

Tue Jun 21, 05:09:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Old NFO said...

Not a bad way to look at it :-) I usually take at least some vacation in Oct and Feb...

Tue Jun 21, 10:34:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Yeah, and so where the hell do we both live? That's right, in the south and north valleys where temperatures in Summer normally exceed 100-degrees!

Atrios: yes, that's correct, whilst it's the longest day in the northern hemi, it's the shortest day in the southern.

NFO: I'm just not a fan of Summer; apparently you aren't quite so much in terms of vacations, either.


Tue Jun 21, 03:34:00 PM PDT  

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