Growing up in Ohio, August always seemed like it was the hottest month of summer. It was when the temperatures were hottest, and humidity was highest. That may not actually be the case, but that is the way I remember August. Which brings up the question of why do they call them the “dog days of summer”? Because to me, that’s always what August was and represented – the Dog days of summer.
The old farmer’s almanac states – dog days are traditionally the 40 days beginning July 3rd and ending August 11, which coincides with the dawn rising of the Sirius, the Dog Star. Okay so until I wrote this blog, I never knew that was the meaning of dog days. I just thought it had something to do with the heat and the dogs always laying around because it was too hot to want to do much of anything else. Because as I said earlier, that’s the way I remember August.
High school football and August meant the start of two-a-days. That meant that we would practice twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the late afternoon. Practices were always a couple hours long. Mornings weren’t bad, we’d usually be done by 10:30 or 11 AM. Afternoons were much more painful. Simply because it was HOT! On Thursdays after morning practice, several of us would pile into someone’s car, usually the one who had gas, and we’d drive 7 miles west to the little town of Delta. We’d go to the A&W and order $0.25 Coney dogs, fries and of course an ice-cold A&W root beer in a frosty mug. After we’d filled our bellies to their fullest extent or we ran out of money, whichever came first, we’d all pile back in the car and head home.
Hiding from the heat of summer
I grew up in a neighborhood that was predominantly filled with boys. All within a couple years of each other. We would get together and play baseball, army, whatever, but when the dog days came around we were usually looking for shade and we’d go to whoever’s house had a picnic table with shade and play board games. Monopoly, Risk, candy land, the game of life, cards, you name it. Anything to try and escape the heat, or at least make it more bearable. Occasionally we’d get lucky and be able to go into someone’s basement and while away the afternoon. Basements were always much cooler and comfortable. A welcome respite from the heat.
The Grand Valley
The dog days here in the Grand Valley are usually hot too. However, our humidity levels, which are generally low, make the heat much more bearable. One of the ways to help beat the intense rays of our Grand Valley sun is to rent a party tent. We provide 10 x 10, 15 x 15, 20 x 20 , 20 x 40 and 35 x 40 hexagon party tents to help shield you from the elements. So, when you are having that event and need shelter from the elements, please give us a call at Grand Events and Party Rentals. We’ll be happy to help.