Ruckus Scooter Love

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Scootin' For A Slower Pace of Life...

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Dog Days of Summer

We are now living through the "dog days of summer".

You know what it's like: unrelentingly hot and horribly humid.

All the time, sunrise to sunset. And beyond!

I became curious as to why these days are called "dog days". So I did a little Googling.

It is the name for the most sultry days of summer, from about the first week in July to mid August.

Star gazers somewhere in ancient Greece, or thereabouts, noted that these "dog days" were the period of time extending from 20 days BEFORE to 20 days AFTER the conjunction of Sirius, the Dog Star, and the sun.

In the Mediterranean region this period coincided with the very hot days that were plagued with the most disease and the height of discomfort for the populace.

Hence, "dog days", which originally was "dog's days".

Now they go on to say that the time of conjunction varies with global differences in latitude, and because of the precession of the equinoxes it changes gradually over long periods in all latitudes.

So there you go!

I don't know about you, but when I start hearing the summer cicadas in the trees I start thinking of late summer, heading into fall. Right now those sounds are surrounding our yard.

It feels like late August.

Maybe our "dog days" came early this year?

All I know is that ice cream, Slush Puppies, and swimming pools dance before my brain as I chill indoors reading in my Barcalounger with my "bark-o-loungers" around me.

They have no desire to go out and neither do I in these unrelenting dog days.

Gotta go...nap time!

Stay cool...

Friday, July 12, 2013

Hot Stuff

Yesterday I headed off to our local "international market place" about 2 miles from home. It's been nothing but "hot cha cha" outside or storming, so I thought I get out of the house for a bit.

I love going to this place and just exploring all the fascinating foods from all over the world.

They also have some pretty cool "theme" display areas, such as the one I visited today.

It is my absolute favorite area - the "spicy hot" corner that is nothing but shelf after shelf of hot sauces and hot foods of all sorts.

I knew the first time that I visited there that I'd be back with my camera and feature some of it's crazy fun stuff on my blog.

It's SO HOT there that they had to position a vintage U.S. Navy fire truck at the entrance, just in case a fire breaks out!

As you walk through and browse the shelves, you realize this is no ordinary grocery aisle. I could spend hours just reading all the labels on the hot sauce bottles. Here are a few. (Some are "x rated" and could not be shown on my family-oriented blog!)

These are just a few samples among thousands. Hilarious! If it's HOT, you can find it there somewhere.

Then there is the huge, hot sauce powered air craft that brings in the goods...

On the way out of the market, I had to stop and get a pic of the '60s peace nik Airstream trailer and it's reknowned occupants (Pat and Richard Nixon) waving from the rear window...

That's the tour...Stay cool!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Lam Wind: Honda Ruckus Across the Smoky Mountains

I have linked this young man, Lam Wind's blog over on my left column of blogs to follow.

He is one awesome guy. He is riding the eastern mountain ranges of the Smoky Mountains on his Honda Ruckus 49cc scooter and camping a long the way!

Follow his adventures through this link or through my blog link, "Follow the Wind":