When I first heard about the topic for this month, a Neil Diamond song immediately popped into mind—“Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” that begins “Hot August Night…” Love that song. Back in the day when it came on the car radio, I’d sing at the top of my lungs—windows closed, of course. When I got my first MP3 player, it was one of the first songs I uploaded. The music starts out slow and builds—just like the old-fashioned tent revivals the lyrics are about.
Growing up, we didn’t have central air conditioning. It was years before we got a window unit that didn’t come close to cooling down the house. Even Hubs and my first home didn’t have central AC. August in Michigan can be beastly hot. Not as hot as other places in the country, but plenty hot. Like Neil Diamond says in the song “you could hear yourself sweat.” Oh, yeah. That hot.
One of the best things about August comes in three nights—the Perseid Meteor Showers. Weather-permitting, we should have quite a show in the sky the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13. Although these are the peak nights, with 50-100 streaks an hour, start watching tonight. The showers—bits of meteors hitting our atmosphere—increase each night. The showers begin around midnight, but the best viewing is before dawn. For the next few nights, if we have clear skies, you’ll find me lying on my deck, holding Hubs’ hand (if he can stay awake), watching Mother Nature’s fireworks.
Photo Credit: David Kingham/DavidKinghamPhotography; taken from Snowy Range in Wyoming August 12, 2012.
Diane Burton blogs here on the 8th and 30th of each month and on her own blog http://dianeburton.blogspot.com on Mondays.