Driving slowly down the dusty, under-construction main street in my town recently, I had a lot of time to think about the start of summer. Here are a few items I was pondering:
Potbumps – With the road construction work this summer, it’s a refreshing change to now need to dodge bumps in the road instead of holes. Seriously, the road has been stripped down, so now we are dodging the manhole covers and other items that protrude from the rest of the street. It’s bumpy, but also kind of fun at times. Also, driving super close to the orange barrels can be thrilling! I do appreciate the road work they are doing and am trying to remain positive, though. I look at it as if the road is half-fixed.
Swimming Pool – For someone who never goes swimming, I am way too excited about the new pool in my city. It looks like fun and I’m glad the city now has it, even though I likely will never swim in it. I love the videos of it, I like driving by it and looking at it, and I read all about it, but I don’t know that I ever want to actually swim there.
5K Races – I had the opportunity to run in a 5K race recently in The Plains, Ohio. It was a very nice event that raised money for a wonderful cause and I’m thankful for the people who organize this and similar races around the region. The weather Sunday morning was beautiful and we had a great start to the race. I was running with a friend (and fellow member of the Athens Jogging Club) and we cruised through the first two miles at a nice pace. During the last mile, though, I was not as thankful for the event organizers and was wondering why I had chosen to get up early to do this. Thankfully, though, I was able to make it to the finish line, where I was overcome with feelings of accomplishment and nausea. How are other people smiling when they cross the finish lines at these races? I was worried that I might throw up if I tried to smile. All in all, though, it was a great event that got me to run early in the morning and gave me an excuse to not really do anything else for the rest of the day.
Seasons Changes Are Too Late – I know that summer doesn’t “officially” start until June 21, but that seems kind of dumb here in Ohio and in other places around the country. Every seasons change is usually about three weeks too late. If we are going to have “official” starts to the seasons, then Summer should start on June 1, Fall on Sept. 1, Winter on Dec. 1 and Spring on March 1. I know the current system involves the solstices, moons and probably something with groundhogs, but it makes no sense.
Movie Tickets – One thing we should appreciate more in Ohio is cheap movie ticket prices. The average is movie ticket price in the U.S. is $9.16, and in some places they cost $15 to $20. I keep seeing stories in the national media about monthly movie passes that cost $20 and that seems like a good deal, but I can already see 4 or 5 new movies in my town for that price.
I Finally Know Where Things Are In Walmart Again- It was confusing when they remodeled the store in my town and moved everything around. One day, the mustard was in men’s wear. Another day, the aisles were shoved together so narrowly I felt a little claustrophobic. Much like repaving the streets, I would not want to plan something like this and I understand that it’s all in the name of progress, but it was confusing for a while. In fact, I had to ask several people at the store, “Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon Mustard?”
It Was Way Too Hot This Week – Is there anything better than walking into someone’s office drenched with sweat? Sure, let’s have an important meeting while I drip sweat onto your conference table and worry about how I look/smell. I hope it cools off next week. And to think that summer hadn’t even started yet when it was so hot!