Wow how time flies! Part of me feels like we are “gearing up” for summer, though in fact here it is! The Dog-Days are upon us and it is going to be in the mid-nineties today. When I was a much younger Working Stiff growing up at the Jersey Shore, it was understood that the unofficial beginning of summer was Memorial Day weekend. I guess that had to do with businesses opening up and rental rates increasing, but didn’t really make much sense, to me anyway, as a marker for the start of the summer season in part because the kids were still in school at that point. Living in Cape May and working at a busy restaurant it always seemed to me that the season really kicked into gear with the Fourth of July weekend. That’s when things really took off. That was the point at which the Monday morning following any weekend was NOT substantially quieter.