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Cookout

September 3, 2021

“Summer Grill,” felt animation by Andrea Love, with music by George Hutson Warren, 2021.

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Memorial Day 2021

May 31, 2021

Memorial Day 2021

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a holiday once known as Decoration Day, the time to remember those who fell in defense of our country.  Memorial Day is now officially observed on a Monday to form a three-day holiday weekend, and the original significance has been distilled down to a 60-second Moment of Remembrance.

But there are 259,199 more minutes to a three-day weekend, and human nature abhors a semantic vacuum, so the holiday has acquired meanings in other realms:

Ceremony: Solemn ritual processions.

Ritual garb: White footwear.

Nutrition: Ceremonial meals.

Transportation: The Brickyard.

Economics:  Door-Busters.

Calendar: Memorial Day is the official Unofficial Start of Summer.

The National Moment of Remembrance is at 3:00 PM to 3:01 PM (local time in each time zone) on Monday, May 31, 2021. U.S. Code, Title 36,114, Stat. 3078, Sec.(2)(7): “… reclaim Memorial Day as the sacred and noble event that that day is intended to be.”

For more about the origins of Memorial Day, see Burying the Dead but Not the Past by Dr. Caroline Janney.

Related:

“The forgotten history of Memorial Day,” Richard Gardiner, Quartz

“Why Memorial Day is often confused with Veterans Day (but shouldn’t be),” Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

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First they came for my tiki torches ….

July 16, 2020

First they came for my tiki torches ....

In Charlottesville, they came for my tiki torches. Also my polo shirts and khakis. Now they’ve stolen my Hawaiian shirts.

Fascists are ruining my summer. What’s next, Slip ’N Slide?

More:

“What Do You Do When Extremism Comes for the Hawaiian Shirt?” Nathan Taylor Pemberton, New York Times

“Who are those gun-toting dudes in Hawaiian shirts at protests? Depends on who you ask,” Carol Robidoux, Manchester Ink Link

“Armed Militias Are Readying For A New Civil War In Aloha Shirts,” Ryan Finnerty, Hawaiian Public Radio

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21st Century Bratwurst

May 28, 2019

Attention bratwurst fans: there’s a plant-based, beer-infused sausage with your name on it. Welcome to 2019.

Video: “First Bratwurst of Summer” by Those Darn Accordions

Those Darn Accordions website

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Memorial Day 2019

May 27, 2019

Memorial Day 2019

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a holiday once known as Decoration Day, the time to remember those who fell in defense of our country.  Memorial Day is now officially observed on a Monday to form a three-day holiday weekend, and the original significance has been distilled down to a 60-second Moment of Remembrance.

But there are 259,199 more minutes to a three-day weekend, and human nature abhors a semantic vacuum, so the holiday has acquired meanings in other realms:

Ceremony: Solemn ritual processions.

Ritual garb: White footwear.

Nutrition: Ceremonial meals.

Transportation: The Brickyard.

Economics:  Door-Busters.

Calendar: Memorial Day is the official Unofficial Start of Summer.

The National Moment of Remembrance is at 3:00 PM to 3:01 PM (local time in each time zone) on Monday, May 27, 2019. U.S. Code, Title 36,114, Stat. 3078, Sec.(2)(7): “… reclaim Memorial Day as the sacred and noble event that that day is intended to be.”

For more about the origins of Memorial Day, see Burying the Dead but Not the Past by Dr. Caroline Janney.

Related:

“The forgotten history of Memorial Day,” Richard Gardiner, Quartz

“Why Memorial Day is often confused with Veterans Day (but shouldn’t be),” Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

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Labor Day Weekend: REAL Men Grill Meat

August 31, 2018

Labor Day Weekend: REAL Men Grill Meat

This is Labor Day Weekend, ceremonial End of Summer in the USA. During this three-day holiday adult American men are obliged to offer up sacrifices to their gods, incinerating animal flesh outdoors behind their homes. Families and  neighbors consume the charred remains, washing them down with copious libations of fermented grain or carbonated sugar-water.

This custom is said to bridge cultural differences and promote family and community cohesion, but the ceremony has a grave, unstated purpose. If American men do not burn meat for them on Labor Day, the angry gods will not end summer, preventing the start of the new pro football season.

More:

“Football: America’s national religion,” Chad Gibbs, Washington Post  blog.

“The Foodspin Cookout Reader,” Albert Burneko, Foodspin

“NFL Labor Day Cookout: Which Food Is Your Favorite Player Bringing?” Bailey Brautigan, Bleacher Report.

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Note: Canadian men sacrifice meat on “Labour Day,” which has something to do with their Ice Hockey cult. Or with “Curling,” maybe. Whatever that is.

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Exhausted By Epic Inaction, Congress Takes a Vacation

August 8, 2017

Exhausted By Epic Inaction, Congress Takes a Vacation
The U.S. Congress is on vacation until after Labor Day, but given its lack of accomplishments, it could have been in recess for the preceding year. Of course, Congress typically spends three days a week in DC even when it’s in session, spending the other four back home collecting campaign funds for the next election, a practice euphemistically called “meeting with constituents.”

But summer recess isn’t all stump speeches and visits to examine vital NATO defenses on the Riviera. Congress will still be hard at work tweeting about the highlights of rubber chicken luncheons at the Rotary Club. We hope our legislators don’t over-exert their Twitter fingers this month. They’ll have just a few days in September to decide on the nation budget, the debt limit, and tax reform, and to keep the White House from crashing the health care system or stumbling into trade war or a military crisis.

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Der Sommerwind

July 31, 2016

“Der Sommerwind (The Summer Wind),” written by Heinz Meier with lyrics by Hans Bradtke, performed by Esther Ofarim in 1970. A version with English lyrics by Johnny Mercer was a hit for Frank Sintara in 1966.

Der Sommerwind,
er hat gespielt mit meinem Haar,
ich stand am Meer
nur weil mein Herz so einsam war.
Doch dann kamst Du
und zeigtest mir,
wie schön die Sterne sind.
Und dazu sang der Sommerwind.

The summer wind,
played with my hair,
I stood by the sea
because my heart was lonely.
But then you came
and showed me,
how beautiful the stars are.
while sang the summer wind.

Esther Ofarim website

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Summer

July 31, 2016

“Summer” by War, released as a single in 1976.

Ridin’ ’round town with all the windows down
Eight track playin’ all your fav’rite sounds
The rhythm of the bongos fill the park
The street musicians tryin’ to get a start

‘Cause it’s summer
Summer time is here

War website

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Beat This Summer

July 31, 2016

“Beat This Summer,” written by Brad PaisleyChris DuBois and Luke Laird, and recorded by Mr. Paisley in 2013.

The video was shot on the Santa Monica boardwalk and beach and directed by Roman White.

“As long I live, whatever I do
As great as it is, you know what’s a bummer
I ain’t ever gonna beat this summer with you”

Brad Paisley website.

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