August is the worst, especially this year

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, July 30, 2016

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We’ve got to be entering the worst time of the year.

For starters, it’s hot. Really hot.

Just look at the forecast high in Decatur for the next six days: 96, 97, 98, 98, 99, 98.

Brian Knox

Brian Knox

And whenever we do get the random pop-up shower, it only serves to make things steamy instead of cooler.

It’s the time of year when a small cloud that happens to float in front of the sun for a few seconds is a reason to celebrate.

Heat seems to make people more irritable. I have no facts to prove this, but it seems like I see more domestic disturbances in the crime reports during the summer. It’s got to be the heat, right?

So we’ve got people who are hot, irritable, maybe even angry. So what is there to do? For the past two weeks, we’ve been treated to the national conventions of our two major political parties.

Yeah, that won’t help.

So now the real slugfest of the presidential campaign begins. Ugh.

But wait, there’s more.

We’ve been told about the dangers of mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus and the importance of pouring out standing water from around our homes and wearing insect repellent every time we walk outside in the summer months.

And new for 2016, we have to be on the lookout for Zika.

For those who listen to sports radio, you’ve probably heard The Ticket’s morning radio host Craig Miller talk about the worst moment of the year. He says August is the worst month of the year, Tuesday is the worst day of the week, and 2 p.m. is the worst time of the day. He usually pegs the second Tuesday as the “worst” Tuesday of the month, which means this year’s worst moment of the year is coming up in a little more than a week: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9.

It’s hard to argue against that.

But hey, at least we’ve got the Olympic Games to help us get through this trying time this year, right? The games start on Friday, so let’s check in to see how Rio is doing.

Severe economic recession, impeachment of their president, Zika outbreak, spike in crime, body parts washing up on the shore where beach volleyball will be held, accusations of doping among the Russian athletes, many athletes announcing they won’t participate and problems with toilets and electricity in the athletes’ village.

I’m filled with the spirit of international sportsmanship already.

You know what date I’m looking forward to? Nov. 18.

For one, it’s in November, which means we should be long-done with 90-degree weather, but we shouldn’t be experiencing any major ice or snow events yet.

It’s a Friday.

It’s a week after the presidential election.

It’s a week before Thanksgiving and the beginning of the Christmas season.

Plus, it’s my wedding anniversary.

Yes, that has to be absolutely the best time of the year.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to reapply my insect repellent and see when that first presidential debate will be.

Brian Knox is special projects manager at the Messenger.

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