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Happy 1st Day of Summer!

Happy 1st day of summer, unless, of course, you’re on a drill site in southern Texas. In that case, it’s going to be one long day – literally.

Today is a major celestial event.
It’s the Summer Solstice.  Sol+stice s a combination of the Latins words for “sun” + “to stand still”.  As the day lengthens, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.


It’s the longest day and shortest night of the year and officially the first day of Summer.

It’s the first day of summer everywhere but in here in southern Texas where it started hitting the 90’s in March, about 3 weeks after our septic thawed from the record-breaking freeze. In Texas, summer begins March 3rd and ends officially on November 3rd. Ask anybody.

There are hundreds of songs about summer. I don’t think many were written with southern Texas in mind. I can say that because even Texans would agree with me this summer.

The late great Billie Holiday  made summer sound sweet and soulful:

And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry


Olivia Newton John and John Travolta made summer sound so cool:

Summer lovin’ had me a blast – summer lovin’, happened so fast
I met a girl crazy for me – I met a boy, cute as can be
Summer days driftin’ away, to uh-oh those summer nights



Nat King Cole came the closest:

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer



At least he got the hazy crazy part right. And if you need to dust off the sun and the moon, there maybe a little bit of Texas in this one after all. Only have 5 months of summer left…

Maybe I’ve just got a case of the Summertime Blues


6 thoughts on “Happy 1st Day of Summer!

    • John – ugh, at least we don’t have too much humidity. I think we’d have to have a steady light rain for about a month to help things here. If we get a 3 minute shower you can stand and literally watch it sizzle when it hits the ground.

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