Cicadas used to be the soundtrack of my summers when I was kid. Their whiny drone was ever present at our lake house in the Ozarks (hillbilly camp) from June through September.

Now living in NYC, they start around the end of July/beginning of August and their songs have become the sad signal of the beginning of the end of summer.

By the way, we never heard cars in the Ozarks woods. 

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01.08.10

Long Beach, New York, 09.05.10 - Last beach day of 2010

I love how a day at the beach absolutely wipes out everyone. Easy R/T train, sun, sandcastles, waves, football, naps, annnnnd everyone’s dead!

Today we took our last beach day trip of the year with Uncle Glenn from up the block. Mama met us @ the beach after doing some editing in the morning.

There was a pretty substantial rip tide/rip current with lots of waves all day & the life guards were on people like hawks. The water conditions worsened as the day wore on. At one point there was an ambulance on the beach two jetties over. Hope it was something minor.

This video is a 360 pan of the scene around 1pm. It was a perfect day - cool breeze, maybe 78F, warm Atlantic water & family.

Great way to wrap-up a Summer full of wonderful moments & memories.

Ohh…the sandcastle the kids are seen working on in the vid was completely wiped out by the high tide. Appropriately so.

05.09.10

I am missing the Summer…in Siam or anywhere else.

08.02.11
Morning Ride mile 21 #Summer Parka #StreetArt #BikeNYC #wheatpaste #art #Cycling #brooklyn #nyc  (Taken with instagram)

Morning Ride mile 21 #Summer Parka #StreetArt #BikeNYC #wheatpaste #art #Cycling #brooklyn #nyc (Taken with instagram)

14.06.11
#NYC looking out towards Breezy Pt. #Queens #Summer (Taken with instagram)

#NYC looking out towards Breezy Pt. #Queens #Summer (Taken with instagram)

25.06.11
No School #Bliss #BoysNite #Summer (Taken with Instagram at Roma Pizzeria)

No School #Bliss #BoysNite #Summer (Taken with Instagram at Roma Pizzeria)

28.06.11

Apparently the Rockaways section of Queens has become a hipster haven according to The New York Times. I ride my bike through there all the time and it has been built up with some new developments but the new stuff is far from hipster. I do remember going there in the mid 90s and it being deserted with decrepit beach buildings every so often and projects in the distance. It was cool, off the beaten path NYC.

Now - the cool kids at Foursquare had their summer outing at the Rockaways last week so it must be dope! #sarcasm

Here are the ORIGINAL cool kids singing about it. 

Rockaway Beach - The Ramones

20.07.11

Thinking of my cousin Michael on Memorial Day…

Growing up as kids, Memorial Day was about school getting out and the start of summer. We’d head down to our lake house for a long weekend and if we were lucky, a whole week of skiing, fishing, BBQ, and goofying around. In the back of our minds there were the parades, wreath laying, and memorial concerts going on. 

Sure we had lots of family that served in the military. But by luck and circumstance, they all made it home sans any major physical trauma (mental trauma from Vietnam was a whole other story). 

That all changed when I got a call at work from my Mom telling me Michael had been killed in Bosnia in a helicopter crash. Shocked I put my head down in my office and cried. It didn’t make sense as most of the fighting was over by then. He was too young. 

So Memorial Days now are usually spent running around doing kids errands and preparing for a short work week.

But I make a point of spending a few moments to myself thinking of Michael and the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country. It makes me sad. And I’m thankful for him. You are remembered Michael. Always.  

28.05.12

Big Time #Summerfeel

dylannord replied to your photo: #Summertime in the #TX #HillCountry w/family #dope…

#summerfeel

It’s all about summer…until it’s fall. #Seasons

22.06.12
New Summer Fridays tradition… #deepeddy #atx #summertime #summer #dope  (Taken with Instagram at Eilers (Deep Eddy) Park)

New Summer Fridays tradition… #deepeddy #atx #summertime #summer #dope (Taken with Instagram at Eilers (Deep Eddy) Park)

22.06.12
No agua… #summer #atx #cycling #bikeatx  (Taken with Instagram at Barton Creek Greenbelt)

No agua… #summer #atx #cycling #bikeatx (Taken with Instagram at Barton Creek Greenbelt)

25.06.12
No swimming ~ #summer #BartonCreek #seco #greenbelt #ATX #squaready (Taken with Instagram at Barton Creek Greenbelt)

No swimming ~ #summer #BartonCreek #seco #greenbelt #ATX #squaready (Taken with Instagram at Barton Creek Greenbelt)

25.06.12
104F in #ATX? #NoProblem #summer (Taken with Instagram at Eilers (Deep Eddy) Park)

104F in #ATX? #NoProblem #summer (Taken with Instagram at Eilers (Deep Eddy) Park)

25.06.12
HOT #summer midday climbing ride! My brain felt like scrambled eggs for awhile. Heh! #BikeATX #Cycling #Nederland #picstitch (Taken with Instagram)

HOT #summer midday climbing ride! My brain felt like scrambled eggs for awhile. Heh! #BikeATX #Cycling #Nederland #picstitch (Taken with Instagram)

27.06.12
Emerged. #Cicada ~ These guys are everywhere & their song is my #TX summer soundtrack. Back in Brooklyn, their song was melancholy because it signaled the end of #summer. Here it’s just getting started! ~ #insects #cicadinae #BrooklynInAustin #brooklyn #atx  (Taken with Instagram)

Emerged. #Cicada ~ These guys are everywhere & their song is my #TX summer soundtrack. Back in Brooklyn, their song was melancholy because it signaled the end of #summer. Here it’s just getting started! ~ #insects #cicadinae #BrooklynInAustin #brooklyn #atx (Taken with Instagram)

01.07.12