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The dog days of summer are upon us

Life's a Beach
Klearchos Kapoutsis
Life's a Beach

Believed to be an evil time "when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid," summer was also considered to cause "fevers, hysterics and frenzies." But, there are  some redeeming values, including beer and bikinis.

Actually neither of us drink beer or wear bikinis, but that was the first thing to come to our mind(s).

Here's what has come to the mind(s) of others:

Russell Baker: Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.

James Dent: A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.

Bern Williams: If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Do what we can, summer will have its flies.

William Carlos Williams: In summer, the song sings itself.

Sam Keen: Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.

Garrison Keillor: A girl in a bikini is like having a loaded pistol on your coffee table — there’s nothing wrong with them, but it’s hard to stop thinking about it.

Walter Winchell: It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do.

Marilyn Monroe, from  7 year itch: You know what I do when it’s hot like this? I keep my undies in the ice box.


John has worked as a professional bassist for 20 years, including a 15 year stint as Musical Director of the Mountain Stage radio program. John has been at KNKX since 1999 where he hosts “All Blues”, is producer of the BirdNote radio program, and co-hosts “Record Bin Roulette”. John is also the recording engineer for KNKX “In-Studio Performances”. Not surprisingly, John's main musical interests are jazz and blues, and he is still performing around Seattle.
John Maynard started working in radio in the seventies as a DJ at Seattle’s KJR AM which at the time was the dominant AM station in the Seattle market. After a brief stint as a restaurateur and night club owner, Maynard returned to radio with Robin Erickson, creating the hugely popular “Robin and Maynard Show.” In the more than 20 years under that marquee, Maynard flew with the Blue Angels, piloted the Goodyear Blimp, sang with Donny Osmond and hung out in a Universal Studios bar with Kojak (Telly Savalas).