Summer Days

May 23, 2009 20 Comments Men Mindset

I’ve been going to an acupuncturist to help with my lower back pain. I went yesterday and, right as I was LEAVING, it happened . . . I sneezed! I don’t know what was behind that sneeze, but right after it happened my back went out totally.

So now here I am on this beautiful Memorial Day weekend, layed out and miserable in about as much back pain as I can ever remember experiencing. I have so much pain in my right hip that I can’t put any pressure on my leg, so when I do get up and walk I end up looking like a cross between Cro-Magnum Man and one of the Sleezestack people from the new Land Of The Lost movie.

Anyway, laying here indoors on this beautiful holiday weekend has me thinking about summer and summer days. It’s the Saturday of Memorial Weekend, the unofficial beginning to Summer. It’s the weekend you get to glimpse all the great stuff you’re going to get to do all summer, and all the stuff you haven’t been able to do while you were suffering through that long Winter.

It also tends to make you think back on all the great summers you’ve had in your life, and all the great things you used to do that make Summer so much fun. I’ve talked about this before, but there are so many great things we all used to do on summer days.

People are always asking me about what makes for a great summer date. Do you know what the best summer dates are? You already do! Do something that you did when you were a kid.

I was thinking about some fun things I did as a kid. One of my favorites was that that we used to go in our backyard, pitch a tent and have a sleepover in the tent. Another favorite of mine was taking a pail and shovel to the beach and building sand castles.

Then there were the summer holiday festivities that were always so great. Watching 4th of July fireworks was always a highlight. Even better was bringing your own fireworks and setting them off with your friends.

Playing games with neighborhood kids — whether it was playing Ring, tag or a game of football – was always a blast. All the great barbecues where you’d have hot dogs and hamburgers off the grill was another of my favorite parts of every summer. Taking a great nighttime bike ride was always a great end to the day as well.

So now, on this Memorial Day weekend, why don’t you think about everything you used to enjoy doing in the summer as a kid. Think about how much fun summer was as a kid — running around, riding your bike and playing outside all day . . . until the streetlights came on signaling that it was time to come home.

Start thinking about all these great kid things you used to enjoy doing so much in the summer, and then start incorporating them into your adult life. Now that you’ve heard mine, why don’t you tell us some of your favorite summer memories.

What is your favorite summer memory as a kid?
What was your favorite thing to do in the summer as a kid?
What was your favorite summer time date when you were in high school?
What is your favorite high school date in the summer time or in college?

Let’s go back in time a little bit again, and let’s have some fun with Summer Days. It will hopefully help me take my mind off this pain I’m feeling today!

Enjoy the beginning of your Memorial Day weekend, and happy unofficial start of summer to you.

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Adam DW Head Instructor - London says

2009-05-26 12:54:26

Great Blog. When I was learning all this I often got so in my head and constantly tried to do everything so right that it became to much like hard work and then someone would remind me to just have fun. These are wise words...its great to have a structure and road map if you like on how you want to do something. But they should be something you check in on once in a while to make sure your on track, the rest of the time just have fun. The truth is, if your having fun then so will she...enjoy x
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Tony888 says

2009-05-25 13:48:43

And I forgot to mention as kids when we would ride our bikes around the neighborhood & to the pool. And going to the county fair & then the state fair and riding the carnival rides in July/August. And going to theme parks like Six Flags and Opryland. I loved those days! :)
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Tony888 says

2009-05-24 13:12:42

Today it's raining here, but weather permitting, tomorrow I may go to a nearby waterpark, and then go to a backyard BBQ after that. In a few minutes I'm gettin out of here to spend the rest of the afternnon at Barnes & Noble/Starbucks. A nice place to spend a rainy Sunday. I recently joined a local church and met some cool people there so will be going there tonight. Have a great Memorial Day everyone!!
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Tony888 says

2009-05-24 13:07:40

Looking back on summers, at least Memorial Days gone by, I remember my family & friends would go to the pool or the lake and have a cookout afterward. Sometimes my dad & neighbor's dads would make homemade ice cream and we'd sit on the patio at night, enjoy the ice cream & chocolate sauce my mom made, us kids would play games and if it was July4th(or close to it)we'd either have fireworks or go to a professional fireworks show. Oh, and my friends & I would go hunt & catch lightning bugs(fireflies) and put them either in a jar with holes at the top or one of those clear plastic firefly containers from a toy store. When we caught enough and it was dark enough, they would basically be lightning bug powered lanterns. And we'd also make forts out of boxes and go camping, sometimes in the backyard, sometimes in a state park or that summer vacation trip to one of the national parks. And of course we'd go to the summertime movies, the blockbusters like the Star Wars and superhero flicks. Those were the days. :) Anyway, we shouldn't forget in all the Memorial Day fun to remember and be thankful for the real reason behind Memorial Day-the brave men(and women)who have helped keep us free for over 230 years. If you know a veteran of any war, including the current ones, thank him or her.
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hunter says

2009-05-24 09:27:21

LOL!....how funny!...
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Todd says

2009-05-24 08:08:35

Right. I am sure "everything" that was said durning the Nixon presidency was true. Uh huh. :-)
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K says

2009-05-23 21:45:40

David - Sorry about your current infirmity. Stock up on ice and keep the inflammation down while you recover. Ice is cheaper and better for you than painkillers. Feel better.
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K says

2009-05-23 21:42:38

On warm sunny days like today, I can still feel a little wistful for the dry hot days of my childhood. But I appreciate where I am now very much - especially when the alder pollen rises and the sneezing fits begin. I just drive down to one of the beach parks and walk from one end of the public walkway to the other...at the end, my sneezing has stopped and my nose has quit running. By the time that I make it all the way back to my car, my sinuses are completely drained/dried out from the salt air. A far more pleasant and healthy cure than saline nasal sprays and and the side effects of pharmaceuticals of dubious effectiveness. Summer as a season reminds me of the sound of crickets at night and the freedom of time to waste getting a tan just by being out in the fresh air - none of that fake-n-bake tanning. Cooking out nearly everything on the menu, drinking fresh fruit daiquiris, playing a whole lot of games very badly because it really isn't about how you play the game - it's about enjoying your life with anyone who can get with that program and play their part with gusto.
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hunter says

2009-05-23 18:28:58

Todd, during the Nixon presidency, one of his diplomats/aides/someone traveling with him, on a visit to China, needed emergency surgery,(appendicitis) and, supposedly it was done, using accupuncture, no drugs. Hence, came the introduction of accupuncture in the U.S.
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hunter says

2009-05-23 18:16:17

Tony888, lyrics close enough for me, get the crowd in a good mood, and it all sounds perfect...
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Marina says

2009-05-23 18:10:47

David, Sorry to hear about your back. Been busy having my brother and dad over here from Spain. Actually they surprised me with my brother had no clue he was coming. Have not seen him in almost 9 years, living this far from family is not a good thing. I have heard great about acupuncture. Wish I could send my therapist over to you. He has such an amazing knowledge of how the whole body works together. He might not be a magician but I have rarely meet someone, who can get things worked out with your body like him.
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Tony888 says

2009-05-23 17:51:09

Old Days - Corrected Lyrics Something didn't seem quite right about those lyrics originally posted above. So here's the somewhat revised version with the actual words. Not a big difference, but just better. (J. Pankow) Old Days Good times I remember Fun days Filled with ships of pleasure Drive-in movies Comic books and blue jeans Howdy Doody Baseball cards and birthdays Take me back To a world gone away Where memories Seem like yesterday Old days... Old days Good times I remember Gold days Days I’ll always treasure Funny faces Full of love and laughter Funny places Summer nights and streetcars Take me back To a world gone away Where good memories Seem like yesterday Old days…
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Todd says

2009-05-23 16:52:03

That speaks volumes about acupuncture. Try a chiropractor instead. I never cold understand why perfectly sane people would allow someone to stick them with needles. One mistake and it can cause permanent nerve damage. Short circuiting nerves with metal is not a good idea, iMO.
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hunter says

2009-05-23 15:33:54

Tony 888, I was told "Chicago" started playing(in the late 60's) in a small bar not far from Cal State L.A. They weren't there very long, 'cause they played well.
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mr T says

2009-05-23 14:57:06

Hello everyone! David, fantastic blog! Got me dreaming of my childhood. Hope your back gets better soon. It might be due to sitting in wrong position if that helps.
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Taras says

2009-05-23 13:57:11

As much as I've always LOVED summer, I can't remember really doing anything significant. For me, the season was mostly about not being in school and allowing my brain to rot while I was watching tv. As far as high school and summer time dates go I remember spending my entire vacation before senior year with the girl who'd eventually inspire me to join the "pick-up community." Come to think of it... I wish I had been more productive during my other summers.
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Mats says

2009-05-23 13:09:55

Hey David, Just a thought; have you been doing anything specific to your back since the visit of you mother in law?
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Tony888 says

2009-05-23 12:48:15

David, I can definitely relate! I often have major allergy problems and have thrown my back out like you did, not by sneezing but coughing so hard. I typically breathe in through my mouth instead of my nose like the yoga & meditation people tell us to do, and most the pollen, ragwood and other stuff gets caught in my windpipe and lungs causing me to have wheezing coughs. But I sneeze too, my nose runs and eyes water. Sometimes all at the same time. So been there, done that. My allergies are mostly over now. For this season at least. Anyway, about the Summer days and nostalgically looking back on our youth & the "Good ol' days" I always think of this song by Chicago. I'm a classic rock fan. Can't help it. (J. Pankow) Old days Good times I remember Fun days Filled with ship of pleasure Drive-in movies Comic books and blue jeans Howdy Doody Baseball cards and birthdays Please take me back To the world gone away Memories Seem like yesterday Old days Good times I remember Gold days Days I'll always treasure Funny faces Full of love and laughter Funny places Summer nights and streetcars Take me back To the world gone away Our good memories Seem like yesterday Old days... Have a great Summer everyone! :)
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kismet says

2009-05-23 12:01:26

oh btw, i heard that if you've been ill or something for a while, and then you sneeze and have a little cold, it means you're getting better?
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kismet says

2009-05-23 12:00:36

I loved playing tag, shark, cops and robber. Yesterday me and my guy friends were at the playground acting like little kids again. I ran to the slide to escape the it person. I was also wearing my college cap. So I was all enjoying the thrill and rush and excited to go down the slide that my nose jammed into the metal bar that is supposed to keep kids safe at the top of the slide. Apparently, my cap visor blocked my upper field of vision, so sadly I did not see that metal bar. It hurted like hell, it still hurts. I'm scared it will make my nose bridge bigger but oh well. It won't...right? haha. So lesson is, I'm too big for playgrounds, even though I'm the shortest, most petite person.
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