|National Raspberry Cake Day|
The temperature is heading to 98 degrees today, with 100 forecast for later in the week. Here at the MTA – and probably most other public transportation systems, for that matter – we’re reminded every day that extreme temperatures and weather conditions tend to play havoc with equipment, schedules, and (ahem) our customers’ views of public transportation.
When it’s crazy hot like this for days on end, heat kinks in the rails might necessitate a slowdown for our MARC passengers. Air conditioning systems on all our transport modes are more prone to breaking down (just when everyone needs them most, of course)! And we’ve noticed that tempers are prone to rise as the temperature does.
So this week, we’ve decided to take a cue from Mr. Spock and Zen masters by focusing on the positive instead of what’s vexing us all. You can read about the heat anywhere else. So right now, wherever you are, we’d like you to notice that July is National Baked Bean Month. If that doesn’t take your mind off the heat, keep in mind that July is also National July Belongs to Blueberries Month, National Ice Cream Month, Lasagna Awareness Month, National Culinary Arts Month, National Hot Dog Month, National Picnic Month and National Pickle Month.
And in case you missed it, last week was also Nude Recreation Week.
Apparently, there is no end to the commemorations this steam bath of a month can produce. So here’s a list of fun “celebrations” to contemplate (complete with links as to their origins) while you’re getting from place to place on MTA. Meanwhile, today is National Raspberry Cake Day. Seems like the perfect way to celebrate what seems like a very heated month all around the world.
Something to celebrate nearly every day in July.
14 Bastille Day
16 “Take The Day Off From Celebrating” Day
17 National Ice Cream Day (third Sunday of the month)
18 National Caviar Day- something's fishy here
20 Moon Day
22 Hammock Day
24 Cousins Day
24 Parent's Day - fourth Sunday in July
31 Mutt's Day
Summer Olympics - every 4 years