At long last, summer was finally here

Opinion Sep 11, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m one of those folks who’s much happier at -40C than 35C and humid, so for someone like me, the last few months have been almost the perfect summer.

But I get that I’m in the minority.

For those who long to spend their days lying on a towel down at the Beach Strip, splashing in a lake or an outdoor pool and using the temperature as an excuse to gorge on ice cream, this summer has been a season of bitter disappointment.

Adding insult to injury, it followed a bitterly cold winter that seemed to last for 10 months and cover us all in seven or eight metres of snow.

And then it seemed that just as the calendar rolled over to September there came a brief burst of July. A fleeting glimpse of the summer that we’d expected yet never fully arrived. It came on so unexpectedly that  I nearly missed one of the most beautiful days of the year working inside, unaware of what was going on outside my windows.

While it is tempting to say “better late than never,” summer isn’t summer once Labour Day has come and gone. Vacations are over, the kids are back at school and life starts to get back into its busy hum. It’s a lot harder now to pick up at a moment’s notice to go out and enjoy the sun when you’re struggling to juggle a jam-packed schedule.

Oh sure, you make some effort to squeeze as many drops of late summer as you can into your previously unused lemonade glass, but it’s not the same. You’re no longer the summer you: carefree, spontaneous and relaxed. You’ve gone back to the fall-winter-spring you: responsible, scheduled and perhaps a little stressed.

More’s the pity.

Of course, it wasn’t all negative. Less heat and humidity meant fewer smog days (which was great news for those who have respiratory issues), fewer nasty sunburns (although they can occur even on cold and cloudy days) and less electricity used to power air conditioners. That said, was the trade-off really worth it?

I know, there’s no point in complaining about either the weather or the past, (and complaining about the weather of the past seems doubly pointless) and yet it somehow feels fitting. The year without a good ole fashion Southern Ontario summer will be a shared experience for those of us who experienced if first hand. It will be a tale we tell our grand kids that keeps getting taller and taller with each retelling. Our complaining will keep it fresh in our minds for years to come.

On the bright side, as unsummery as our summer was, at least we haven’t had a dump of the white-stuff yet like those poor folks out in Calgary.

Looks like Alberta might just get 10 months of winter for real this year.

— Gordon Cameron is Group Managing Editor for Hamilton Community News.

At long last, summer was finally here

Opinion Sep 11, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m one of those folks who’s much happier at -40C than 35C and humid, so for someone like me, the last few months have been almost the perfect summer.

But I get that I’m in the minority.

For those who long to spend their days lying on a towel down at the Beach Strip, splashing in a lake or an outdoor pool and using the temperature as an excuse to gorge on ice cream, this summer has been a season of bitter disappointment.

Adding insult to injury, it followed a bitterly cold winter that seemed to last for 10 months and cover us all in seven or eight metres of snow.

And then it seemed that just as the calendar rolled over to September there came a brief burst of July. A fleeting glimpse of the summer that we’d expected yet never fully arrived. It came on so unexpectedly that  I nearly missed one of the most beautiful days of the year working inside, unaware of what was going on outside my windows.

While it is tempting to say “better late than never,” summer isn’t summer once Labour Day has come and gone. Vacations are over, the kids are back at school and life starts to get back into its busy hum. It’s a lot harder now to pick up at a moment’s notice to go out and enjoy the sun when you’re struggling to juggle a jam-packed schedule.

Oh sure, you make some effort to squeeze as many drops of late summer as you can into your previously unused lemonade glass, but it’s not the same. You’re no longer the summer you: carefree, spontaneous and relaxed. You’ve gone back to the fall-winter-spring you: responsible, scheduled and perhaps a little stressed.

More’s the pity.

Of course, it wasn’t all negative. Less heat and humidity meant fewer smog days (which was great news for those who have respiratory issues), fewer nasty sunburns (although they can occur even on cold and cloudy days) and less electricity used to power air conditioners. That said, was the trade-off really worth it?

I know, there’s no point in complaining about either the weather or the past, (and complaining about the weather of the past seems doubly pointless) and yet it somehow feels fitting. The year without a good ole fashion Southern Ontario summer will be a shared experience for those of us who experienced if first hand. It will be a tale we tell our grand kids that keeps getting taller and taller with each retelling. Our complaining will keep it fresh in our minds for years to come.

On the bright side, as unsummery as our summer was, at least we haven’t had a dump of the white-stuff yet like those poor folks out in Calgary.

Looks like Alberta might just get 10 months of winter for real this year.

— Gordon Cameron is Group Managing Editor for Hamilton Community News.

At long last, summer was finally here

Opinion Sep 11, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m one of those folks who’s much happier at -40C than 35C and humid, so for someone like me, the last few months have been almost the perfect summer.

But I get that I’m in the minority.

For those who long to spend their days lying on a towel down at the Beach Strip, splashing in a lake or an outdoor pool and using the temperature as an excuse to gorge on ice cream, this summer has been a season of bitter disappointment.

Adding insult to injury, it followed a bitterly cold winter that seemed to last for 10 months and cover us all in seven or eight metres of snow.

And then it seemed that just as the calendar rolled over to September there came a brief burst of July. A fleeting glimpse of the summer that we’d expected yet never fully arrived. It came on so unexpectedly that  I nearly missed one of the most beautiful days of the year working inside, unaware of what was going on outside my windows.

While it is tempting to say “better late than never,” summer isn’t summer once Labour Day has come and gone. Vacations are over, the kids are back at school and life starts to get back into its busy hum. It’s a lot harder now to pick up at a moment’s notice to go out and enjoy the sun when you’re struggling to juggle a jam-packed schedule.

Oh sure, you make some effort to squeeze as many drops of late summer as you can into your previously unused lemonade glass, but it’s not the same. You’re no longer the summer you: carefree, spontaneous and relaxed. You’ve gone back to the fall-winter-spring you: responsible, scheduled and perhaps a little stressed.

More’s the pity.

Of course, it wasn’t all negative. Less heat and humidity meant fewer smog days (which was great news for those who have respiratory issues), fewer nasty sunburns (although they can occur even on cold and cloudy days) and less electricity used to power air conditioners. That said, was the trade-off really worth it?

I know, there’s no point in complaining about either the weather or the past, (and complaining about the weather of the past seems doubly pointless) and yet it somehow feels fitting. The year without a good ole fashion Southern Ontario summer will be a shared experience for those of us who experienced if first hand. It will be a tale we tell our grand kids that keeps getting taller and taller with each retelling. Our complaining will keep it fresh in our minds for years to come.

On the bright side, as unsummery as our summer was, at least we haven’t had a dump of the white-stuff yet like those poor folks out in Calgary.

Looks like Alberta might just get 10 months of winter for real this year.

— Gordon Cameron is Group Managing Editor for Hamilton Community News.