1. Captain Kendrick says

    I dunno. A half-hour later than it was half and hour ago panic? That kind of feels like my life year-round anymore — constant compulsion to fill every waking hour with activity and attempt to play catch to make up for my idle youth, before the clock runs out entirely.

  2. rietpluim says

    Today on Ketikoti, during the National Slavery Commemoration in the Oosterpark in Amsterdam, the King of The Netherlands apologized for the role our country in the history of slavery. He is allegedly the first Head of State worldwide to do so, and he did it exemplary, not sparing his own ancestors.

    For those interested, here is the text of the King’s speech translated into English:

  3. nomaduk says

    Yeah, pretty much this. What in hell happened to the first half of the year?

  4. Oggie: Mathom says

    Well, yeah, I am feeling panicky. But that is because I am 8 days away from vacation. To visit my in-laws. In Florida. I feel fairly safe — no bumper stickers on this car, older white man with my slightly younger beautiful wife, in an SUV. And I have relocated four mice and killed three in the past two weeks, so De Santis should be happy.

    But as for the date? Since my unplanned retirement, and Wife’s unplanned retirement, time of year means less than it used to.

    (Yes, I ended my sentence with a preposition. Enjoy.)

  5. Rob Grigjanis says

    I’m thrilled. This was the worst June for tree pollen in ages. Leaves me feeling whacked out. Antihistamines help with stuffiness etc, but not the fatigue.

  6. Reginald Selkirk says

    AAUGH! It’s a half-hour later than it was half an hour ago!

    That is so frequently the case.

  7. mordred says

    July means I recently turned 49. My father died about two weeks after his 49th birthday.

    Feels odd. Unlike my father I’ve not been a heavy drinker for more than 20 years, of course, so I don’t actually have a reason to be concerned. Still feels odd.

  8. raven says

    Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

    This year it is a whole lot worse though.

    A lot of my Boomer age friends aren’t going much of anywhere or doing much of anything this summer. Because they can’t.
    The usual long list of age related medical problems restricting mobility and activities.
    This doesn’t include myself though. I’ve already been to one amazing outdoor rock concert.

    It seems like just yesterday we were all healthy middle aged people in our 50s and 60s enjoying life and then suddenly age related health problems happened.

    Everyone is running out of time even if it looks like there is a lot ahead of us.
    Make the best of that finite amount.

  9. bcw bcw says

    Here in the Northeast: massive pollen season with damp or rainy cool days all June crossed with ongoing Canadian wildfire smoke. I want a refund on Summer.

  10. René says

    @2, Rietpluim:

    the King of The Netherlands apologized

    I feel ashamed as to the quality of Dutch education. The silly capitalization of the definitive article in the name of my country is bullocks. Riet, stop doing that.

  11. rietpluim says

    @René #10 – If that’s the only thing you can say about one of the most important events in recent history, You Can Go Fuck Yourself.

  12. René says

    I’m busy doing Just That. The king apologizing an important event? The man is an overpaid joke, and an atavistic embarrasment. Fuck the king.

  13. birgerjohansson says

    I have saved up my vacation days since I hate going out during the current heatwave. And just being at home during vacation? At work, I can at least meet friends.

    And right now, July 1st, the weather has turned. 😊😊😊
    Also as the northern skies return to being dark during nighttime, I will be able to see the stars again*. The second half of summer is not always bad.

    *You need to be an astronomy enthusiast to like darkness.

  14. birgerjohansson says

    BTW the arab slave trade preceeded the “triangle trade” by several centuries, but the colonization of the Americas really made the slave trade take off.

    Sweden briefly dabbled in the slave trade, but after the empire was wiped our atrocities far abroad came to an end.
    There is a moral lesson here.

  15. fergl says

    I remember when that came out. I could identify completely. I lived for my Summer holidays. Can still remember the dread in the pit of my stomach when school clothes adverts came back on.

  16. Walter Solomon says

    For me the chronophobia kicks in around late May. Funny enough as much as I hate winter, I’m in a better mood in February since I have spring to look forward to than I am in the summer when I have winter to look forward to.

  17. robro says

    Given that the academic cycle is no longer part of my life, I’m not too bothered about summer’s end. I will be working all through the summer, fall, winter…until I retire maybe next year.

    What does get me about summer is the heat, which Bill Watterson did strips about sometimes. It’s “hot” here right now as we’re having a heat wave. I understand that’s relative…the 90+ temperatures here is nothing compared to the 90+ temperatures in Florida where I’m from because of the humidity. In fact, it was August when my partner and I arrived in San Francisco from Florida to the welcomed discovery that August doesn’t have to mean steamy, sweltering weather. Also, fewer mosquitoes (my Florida nemesis) and roaches (her’s).

    In San Francisco “hot” days are usually cool. Right now it’s heading to the low 90s where I am, but in SF it’s 20 degrees cooler. Tempting to make up an excuse to drive into the City.

  18. birgerjohansson says

    +16°C and low humidity (purrs cheerfully).

    Don’t worry about the heat. After the CO2 spike 55 million years ago, nature rapidly brought CO2 levels back to the baseline. In as little as 200,000 years.
    Spell check changes “baseline” to “vaseline” WTF ? ? ?
    Cultivate schadenfreude!
    Fall will bring Trump and DeSantis to new humiliations. The same goes for Rishi Sunak. I look forward to it.

  19. KG says

    BTW the arab slave trade preceeded the “triangle trade” by several centuries – birgirjohannsson@15

    And the Roman and Greek slave trades, among others, preceded the Arab slave trade by several centuries. Your point?