Labor Day weekend is the unofficial last weekend of the summer. While summer actually ends on September 22nd, this weekend it is definitely the beginning of the end of summer fun. With college students already back to school, and everyone else soon to follow, everywhere you go seems much less like summer in spite of the still tepid temperatures. Many people use Labor Day weekend as a time to barbecue and spend time with family, I on the other hand like to just sit back, relax, and reflect on the summer fun that has come and gone. I know I have stated before that I don’t like extreme temperatures, hot or cold, so I really enjoy the transitional periods between New York’s most extreme seasons. As the city transforms from a tropical play land into a more mellow fall gallery, I love to remember the adventures of the summer past. This summer was quite eventful and definitely enjoyable, but somehow it always seems like it was not long enough. When I look back on the activities of summer, I realize that while they all lasted a perfect amount of time, the memory can never truly recreate the enjoyment of each moment. Memories are always great, but it is most important to make sure that each moment is given an adequate amount of time to be cherished. Summer is just about gone, hopefully everyone had an enjoyable time, and took the time to actually enjoy it since, much like summer, moments come and go, but the memory is never the same as enjoying a moment in the present.
New York City is officially in a heat wave, and it seems like this one will last for a while. A heat wave is an extended period of high temperatures and humidity, and for the past week or so, the city has been hammered with this hot weather. I can usually stand hot temperatures, as long as it is relatively dry, but in New York City, it is so humid that sweat can begin to drop as soon as you get outside. I would love it if the weather here was a bit more like Nevada in the summer, but unfortunately, we have been blessed with the presence of the Atlantic Ocean, and the moisture it presents. Heat waves seem to be extremely dangerous and fatal in New York due to our high population, and the amount of elderly people we have living here. Over the past couple of years, dozens of people have died due to the heat, with many others passing away because of the electrical malfunctions that come with the excessive power drain of heat wave temperatures. In an densely populated city, like New York, a heat wave causes tremendous stress on the infrastructure, so power outages are a normal occurrence. During a time like this, it is wise to stay cool, and to stay indoors when possible. It is kind of late in the year for this kind of weather, but it seems like we will be in for a warmer September than usual. As a life long New Yorker, I would gladly take a warm September over a freezing cold winter, but I honestly hope temperatures get back to a moderate rate soon. Autumn is my favorite season, and not only because I was born in October, but also due to the comfortable nature of the season. I guess I’ll just enjoy the heat while I wait for the inevitable cold of the winter season.
Over the past couple of days my younger brother was home to visit, so we randomly decided to attend every Yankee game of their most recent home series. The proposition of attending a sporting event is always welcomed, but the fact that I find baseball games to be quite tedious made me apprehensive to the idea of watching three games in a row. While I did have plenty of fun watching the Yankees win the first couple of games, I was quickly burnt out while sitting in the heat of the third game and I had to leave early, a decision I am thankful I made since the game went into extra innings. I love the Yankees, but I am really not as big a fan of baseball as I was when I was a child. When I go to baseball games these days, I am only interested in two things, great pitching matchups, and fantastic hitters, I am more of a fan of the individual players’ talents than I am of the actual game. In this series the pitching matchups were not very strong, but the young pitchers on the scheduled did a great job at keeping me entertained and keeping the game competitive. The Yankees and the Rays are two teams that seem to be in a rebuilding phase, so they are not the most exciting teams to watch at the moment, but the ability to get out and watch some baseball reminded me why I love the summer. The Yankees won the first two games of the series, and lost the third in a dreadful extra inning game, but all things considered it was beautiful outside and perfect weather to enjoy spending time with family and friends. With summer on the way and ticket prices relatively low, I definitely recommend a nice baseball game to anyone who interested in “catching some Sun,” and cheering on the home team.