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5 reasons why summer is overrated

And you thought you were having so much fun.

By Rich_Maloof Jun 17, 2013 4:11PM

Summer is great, right? Sure it is. But if the barbecues and vacations get to be too much fun, here are some things to complain about.

Photo: Bug on little girl's neck / Brook Rieman/Getty Images Bugs, bugs and more bugs. There are approximately 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world, and it’s believed they can find warm-blooded mammals from 100 feet away. Then there are the disease-spreading ticks that make the jump from tall grass and foliage onto people and pets, with potentially serious outcomes. This summer we also have the obnoxious cacophony of cicadas cutting through the heat in the East — their noisy calls can be heard up to a mile away. Even fireflies, while not entirely without charm, have a dark side: The females are cannibals, and copy the flash patterns of other fireflies to make a meal of the males.

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Gas prices often go up in summer months. The increased demand resulting from vacations and road trips is one justification, plus energy companies shut down their refineries for maintenance in the spring, limiting capacity until late May. But the main reason for the summertime pump-up in prices is that the U.S. fuel supply changes twice annually. The “seasonal gasoline transition,” instituted in 1995 to reduce pollution and smog during the summer ozone season, increases per-gallon gas prices in summer from 2 cents to as much as 15 cents in some states.

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Increased traffic accidents means more bad news for drivers and passengers — especially for teenagers. Teen drivers average more hours behind the wheel in summer weeks, and are more likely to pile in more passengers. Teens are also more likely to stay out later than during the school year, and are consequently more prone to driving when tired or sleepy. The days around Memorial Day, July Fourth and Labor Day are among the nation’s most dangerous days on the road, so be careful out there.

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Summer camps provide children with the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and even establish a little independence from Mom and Dad — but paying the bills is no walk through the park for parents. The average camp operated by a nonprofit organization, youth group or public agency costs between $300 and $1,000 per week. Privately run camps and specialty camps cost between $500 and $1,300 or more per week (the higher costs are more typical of sleep-away camps).

The scents of summer include fresh-cut grass, flowers on the breeze and a hint of ocean salt on the skin. But hot, stagnant air can quickly turn those wet beach towels and bathing suits into a funk fest. Wearing clothes that haven’t been properly cleaned and dried can create a world of mildew and BO that makes an otherwise decent person seem less than human. And how about those hot city streets in summer, with the science experiments going on inside rotting garbage bags and discarded cartons of spoiling milk? We won’t even mention the aromatic dog runs in Anytown, USA.

Should we go on? Nahh, enjoy the summer … and enjoy it being over in cooler days of autumn.

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Photo: Bug on little girl's neck / Brook Rieman/Getty Images

Jul 1, 2013 1:55PM

Summer Pros: Picking my homegrown veggies from my garden and putting them on the grill with a few burgers or some chicken for dinner.  A good book, sunglasses, a cold drink, and the pool on a sunny Saturday afternoon.  Sunday morning trips to the beach with my dog so she can get her swim on. Long days on the motorcycle, seeing new places and making new friends.


Winter Pros: Spending all day in the kitchen baking and making soups to can for later.  The smell of woodstoves, Getting warmed up by the fire after taking my dog for a nice long walk in the snow (when we do get some). No tourists! Snow Days!!!!


Still, Autumn is my favorite season.  The weather is great, there are tons of festivals to travel to, and I can still take the bike. Apples and pumpkins are abundant and my house smells like cinnamon from all of the baking. The leaves are changing and my walks with the dog are beautiful and comfortable. It is time to bring in the rest of the harvest from my garden and finish up all of my canning, and Thanksgiving is coming, so I get to spend time with family and friends!

Jun 22, 2013 6:19AM

Mr Maloof, I suggest an investment in a Jeep(doesn't have to be new), put the top down and take a raod trip for the day. Maybe, just maybe, the negative feelings will be blown away and you will feel better about things. If you don't do something, the negative is going to bring you so low, nobody will want to be around you. Trust me, you can't be negative (and about Summer for goodness sakes) all the time time. People, especially women, pick up on that and you will find yourself alone for the rest of your life.

Jun 22, 2013 1:57AM

What a negative story. I am 41 with 3 kids and I LOVE the summertime!

Camping in the back yard with a fire pit, the garden, the beach , the boat, fishing, bike trails,water parks, the hotties at the beach ( yes I am married but not dead), baseball, fireflies, fire works, cookouts, the pool, water fights with the kids.


Get some bug spray and sunblock and get out there!

-A New Englander


Jun 22, 2013 1:00AM
Could we just fast-forward to Autumn?
Jun 21, 2013 11:44PM
Okay, I get the accidents, traffic, and increasing gas prices.  But the rest of is it is more germophobia.  Hey, I got an idea:  Let's turn our houses into autoclaves so we can live in a completely sterile environment!  Then let's watch the allergy rate skyrocket.  An immune system is like a two-year-old, and we all know what two-year-olds do when they're bored, right?  THEY DO THINGS THEY'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO DO!
Jun 21, 2013 10:35PM
thats why california rocks!  No bugs!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 21, 2013 9:38PM
Yeah - the heat's bad enough but to add insult to injury:  Daylight Savings Time.  ARGH!!!!
Jun 21, 2013 9:04PM
They considered this last winter "mild"? I can't remember the last time we had 2-5 feet of snow dropped in one storm, followed by a two-week cold snap and more snow. January's snow didn't even melt until May, we had another couple of snows then, too. But, anyway, I love all seasons. They all have their own beauty that attracts me to them. It helps me stay sane when surrounded by people who are never happy no matter what season it is.
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