The Fourth of July weekend is great. There are cookouts and beach vacations and fireworks and hamburgers and more beer than an ASU senior drinks in a weekend. But there's an air of sadness about it, too. Not just because the holiday reminds us of a simpler, more hopeful America. But because, if you think about it, it kinda means the summer is almost halfway over. It's been six weeks since Memorial Day and now we're getting into the thick of July, meaning before we know it, Labor Day will be upon us and then fall, horrible horrible fall. It's practically Christmas already, is what I'm saying. Which means you need to get going on having that great summer you were planning. Here are some suggestions to make that happen.
Stop talking about going to the beach. And actually go to the beach! Judy's been walking into the office every Monday morning since May looking happy and tan and you always say, "Another weekend at the beach?" and she sighs and dreamily says, "Yeah, it was great." And you respond "Been meaning to get to the beach myself this summer." Which you always say. And yet you never go. Because the weekend is actually a pretty short amount of time, and there's sleeping that needs to be done on Saturday and then those DVR'd episodes of Four Weddings aren't going to watch themselves. By Sunday it's almost the work week again so you don't want to spend your last day of sweet, precious freedom stuck in a car going to some crowded beach full of jerks and their even jerkier kids. You're supposed to do all that and be home in time to watch Dexter? It's absurd. But. That doesn't mean you shouldn't do it. Go to bed early on Friday instead of folding like a cheap card table when your coworkers try to convince you to have one last round at happy hour and then wake up at a reasonable hour on Saturday, don't even bother turning on the TV or opening the computer, and get in the car and go. Just like that you'll be beach-bound and the summer will be saved. Until of course you realize that you maybe should have at least briefly turned on the TV or opened the computer to check the weather.