What's not to love about it? My crew and I are are cranking out plenty of top-quality projects, and on top of that I get to wear my favorite apparel on a regular basis -- shorts, flip-flops, and bad Hawaiian shirts.
Longer daylight, grilling, baseball, block parties, summer concerts, lazy days (although not as many as I'd like thanks to being the busy season), impromptu get-togethers, the kids are out of school, swimming, days at the beach, fishing, canoeing, summer road-trips and family vacations. All part of my favorite season.
And to celebrate the season I set out to write this week's blog post about the 4th of July and celebrating summer. So I started to do a bit of research about July observances. A quick online search made me realize that maybe I was biting off a bit more than I can chew.
First, from a business perspective I discovered that July is Smart Irrigation Month. Pretty cool, eh? A whole month dedicated to water conservation and promoting smart irrigation practices. Although quite frankly I wish that more people would practice this on a year-round basis instead of just for a single month. But at least there's an effort to educate the public.
Next I discovered that July is also National Doghouse Repair Month. We have two dogs, but no doghouse. Hmmmm. I wonder if that also encompasses building a doghouse. I don't know, but maybe I can incorporate that into some of my marketing strategies for next year. Doghouse repairs. I'm pretty sure I won't have a lot of competition. If you know of any doghouses that need to be repaired, just let me know and I'll be happy to provide an estimate.
But there's more. A whole lot more. July is also home to National Air Conditioning Appreciation Days. Environmentally, I'm not a huge fan of AC, but tomorrow is supposed to be 98 degrees, so maybe I can buy into a little air conditioning appreciation for tomorrow.
National Share a Sunset with your Lover Month. Sheila and I might just have to celebrate that one.
Women's Motorcycle Month. No go for us on that one.
Family Reunion Month. Check. Got that in the plans for mid-July.
National Independent Retailers Month. That's cool. I'm all about supporting locally-owned businesses.
International (International! Wow!) Blondie and Deborah Harry Month. I've always found Heart of Glass to be a cool tune, so I can buy into that. I wonder what other countries celebrate this one.
Cell Phone Courtesy Month. Interesting.
National Bikini Day is scheduled for July 5. Not quite sure how or why this one just got a single day.
I could go on and on and on and on, but the list is enormous, and some of the "celebrations" are a bit depressing, seriously, but you can search for youself and see just what I mean.
But I would be seriously remiss if I didn't mention the food celebrations. Aparently everybody loves to eat in July. Here's a quick overview: Mango and Melon Month, National Blueberry Month, National Ice Cream Month, National Hot Dog Month, Nectarine and Garlic Month (This is combined as one observance -- I like them both individually, but together? I don't know...), National Grilling Month, National Horseradish Month, and Eggplant and Lettuce Month. What a celebration!
So fire up that grill, crank up the AC, irrigate the lawn, call your best girl and get her to bike on over to share the sunset while eating hot dogs with horseradish. It's almost July!
Happy 4th of July week everybody!