Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Endless Summer

Summer's unofficial launch was just about four weeks ago.  Today however it starts for real.  Today is the Summer Solstice.  It is the day in the Northern Hemisphere in which there shall be more daylight than any other.  While you might think that we are just beginning to gear up for long summer days, you would be incorrect.  Each day forward from this one until its chilly bookend the Winter Solstice shall be shorter than the one before it.  Do not feel compelled to take my word for it.  Feel free to check out the little box in your local newspaper that records "Sunrise" and "Sunset" time every day.  You can see the evidence for yourself. 

Or if you have neither a subscription to your local paper nor the change in your pocket to purchase today's edition, then simply ask my brother Kelly.  A million years ago when I worked for him, his explanation to the other guys on the job site that not only was today the first day of summer but also the beginning of the slow, inexorable march towards winter's gloom was an annual rite of summer.  It is amazing that none of us Kennys ever made a killing in the greeting card business.  I fear our true calling has eluded us all.

The arrival of the Summer Solstice today is as good an excuse as I need to post a link to - and to extend an invitation to you to enjoy - my favorite Springsteen song.   This performance is from the October 2, 2009 show at Giants Stadium at which show my favorite Springsteen album, "Darkness on the Edge of Town", was performed in its entirety.  I still smile thinking about that evening. 

Enjoy the Solstice.  After all, it is all downhill from here....

-AK

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