What a day for the Beach!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

What a day for the Beach!

Updated 08/03/2008 - 06:38 pm

Especially since "the Dog Days of August¹" are already behind us, having already worn out their welcome a week ago with that "pocket-hurricane" we experienced!

The weather was temperate, the ocean was calmer than it had been in ages, and while there were the occasional "tugs" (my wife's description), the "killer" rip currents, or sea pusses as we used to call them, of the prior week were nowhere in evidence.

And a grand day it proved to be all the way around... no harsh eruv-related invective, the Yankees made a helluva comeback against the Angels, it took Manny Ramirez three days to achieve the popularity in Los Angeles that had taken Arnold Schwarzenegger 19 years, and no one seems to have drowned.

And here I thought that things weren't ever going to be right 'til they put the rocks back on the moon!


¹.- Officially either July 3rd to August 11th or July 6th to August 17th depending on whether one trusts to the Old Farmer's Almanac or the Anglican Church of England's Book of Common Prayer.


1. Hampton West said...

I have heard the the term "dog days" refers to when the star Sirius in the constellation Canis Majoris is no longer visible in the sky as it appears too close to the sun for observation. This also corresponded to the flooding of the Nile in Egypt and occurs around this time of year.

Ye Gawds and little canines, HW... Good job!

The "Dog Days" were originally the period when the Dog Star, Sirius, rose just before or at the same time as sunrise. The ancients of that time sacrificed a brown dog at the start of the "Dog Days" to appease the wrath of Sirius, believing that the bright celestial body was the cause of the hot, sultry weather. This went on until an early chapter of PETA showed up to put a stop to it, and we've been sweltering ever since!

2. Hampton West said...

Thank God it wasn't an opossum that was offered up to the Gods - imagine the gunfire that would have erupted if the ceremony was conducted in the Village of Westhampton Beach.

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