While June 21 is officially the first day of summer, we all know the real beginning of summer starts the day school ends. Since I work at an art college, it's kinda like I'm Matthew McConaughey in the movie Dazed and Confused: "I get older, they stay the same age." While I'm not hitting on the seniors, I have been known to share burritos with them. When the last day of the semester ends (which is the upcoming magical date of May 10), I get excited at the thought of summer, too. Then it bitterly dawns on me that they're out in the sun, working on tans and getting crappy homemade tattoos. They're staying the same age while I am indeed getting older as I sit in front of my computer screen. Summer is happening without me, and probably without you, too.
Even if you're not in school anymore or don't work at a school, the academic calendar determines a lot of variables in your fully employed life whether you notice or not. Certain parts of culture dry up while others get bloated as college kids and families with children plan their sunscreen-soaked vacations. Without large audiences at home, fashion takes a nap, TV shows go on sabbatical and art lays by the pool as collectors who use 'summer' as a verb do just that. When it seems like there's nothing left to do, you go for a walk in the Oakland hills on your day off and every person on the planet is already laying by the lake like a beach full of turds.
I think we have been going about this seemingly unfair, glum 'summer-for-some' thing all wrong. Summer is in the attitude, not the time off. It's what you do during the hours past 5pm that count, and the part of you who wants to go recline in front of the TV in cat jammies must be denied. The part of you who plans on avoiding all outdoor areas for the next three months for fear of large sweaty crowds must also be denied.
My advice is, if you can't beat em, join em. Let's look to rock and roll to show us how to dial back our maturity level and jump start our summers by acting like a college kid again.
1. Cut up your clothes: Weezer- "Undone, the Sweater Song"