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The Unofficial End Of Summer

Sure the calendar tells you that there are still some 38 days of summer left but that’s the official calendar and does not mean anything to most of us. 

Seaside Park beach
Seaside Park beach (Borough of Seaside Park)

It’s more likely we use Labor Day to mark the end of the summer season and that’s less than three weeks away.  If that’s not depressing enough, kids are getting ready to head back to college which is another sign that it’s all but over.

However the clincher for me is that sunset tonight is 7:55 and I can’t help but notice that it’s getting darker earlier and earlier…by the end of the month we’ll lose another 25 minutes of daylight at the end of the day.

It’s true what they say (whoever “they” are).  As I get older summers are going by faster and faster and there is no way to slow it down.  Each year I look forward to summer more and more and I’m often left wondering just where the time went.  Memorial Day seems like last week. July 4th was just yesterday and Labor Day will be here tomorrow.  I simply hate the thought that it’s coming to an end although there is one positive and that is football season.  I’d still rather have more time to enjoy what is the best time of year: summer at the Jersey Shore.

Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney
Congressman Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney (Darren Hauck, Getty Images)

I know as much about Paul Ryan as most of you. Heck before this past weekend all I knew was that he was a Congressman from Wisconsin.  Now he’s thrust on the national stage as Mitt Romney’s running mate.  Ryan also is being portrayed as an enemy of senior citizens because he’s proposing sweeping changes to Medicare.

I don’t know enough to offer a comment but it would appear unlike most other politicians at least give him credit for knowing that if we don’t make changes there will be no Medicare for the next generation.  We are in this mess because for decades Washington has only been worried about today with little thought to tomorrow.   Of course the same can be said about most of us.

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