Sacco’s Snippets May 2018May 7, 2018
May! Yes it is although the sky, rain and fog tell a different story from what we are enjoying. Generally the first of the month was a swear-fest complete with the panic of washing the window screens and the windows. Getting the Air conditioners ready for the heat that will most certainly bestow itself upon us in a week or two. Not so far this year and I do believe that the Weather forecasters are watching their radar systems and fretting to what they are going to have to report. If you look at the weather patterns of 70 to 100 years ago we were in a cycle very similar to what we are experiencing today. It’s just Nature’s way of saying that you may control the television set but I control the weather. Not o fret or obsess on this blustery mix of natural curve balls and sliders, we just have to dress and plan accordingly. There are certainly a lot of observance and holidays packed into this month of May along with some interesting and personal along with those who will not be mentioned due to the length of this article. Not going to put you to sleep, Thank You very much!
Not long ago I was approached by two different folks commenting on this monthly Blog. One had told me that it reminds them when the holidays are and another claimed to have not known there was a “National Burger Month” and would celebrate it accordingly. I kid you not but will say that I know at least 2 people who read my writings. Whew, that’s a relief! May can be one of the most heartwarming and garden growing months there are along with a little bit of hunger satisfying adventures thrown in.
May is named after the Greek goddess Maia (identified with the Roman goddess Bona Dea) the goddess of fertility. It is the 5th month of the year and the 7th to have 31 days. May is the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the Beginning of Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Late May typically begins the summer season in the U.S. and Canada and this is where the night sky in both countries provides some entertainment. If you are fortunate to live outside the major cities where the night sky is not covered in the glow of the street lights you may have a great star show and meteor party. The Eta Aquarids meteor showers begin and are quite prevalent around the 6th and will last until the 20th of this month. Believe it or not I do on some clear nights sit by my car in the Aviator Sports and Events Parking lot just to look at the open sky. By the way, if you get the opportunity, you can watch Natures days end with a clear view of the Western Sky from our facility. Watching the sunset as the colors of the spring give way to the rich dark and starry night. That show is free of charge and can be enjoyed on a clear day. There are some truly great benefits to what can be offered and it’s there for the watching.
May’s Birthstone is Emerald which equals Love and Success and its flowers are Lily of the Valley and Cratageus Monogyna or Hawthorn. Hawthorn is a very interesting plant which can grow shrub-like and bear fruit. Their fruit is a red berry which is loved by birds and bees as well as some larger mammals It has a white poppy like flower and is mildly fragrant. You have actually passed this many times here in NYC and never noticed it until you found its thorns. Not too common in this part of the state. Those who are born in this month have the Zodiac signs Taurus (up to the 20th) and Gemini (from the 21st to the 31st) and the pleasure of watching the continuation of the Stanley Cup playoffs as well as the local Baseball teams in action. What a month!
Some notable dates and observances are:
- Cystic Fibrosis awareness Month
- National Electrical safety Month
- National Asian-Pacific American Month
- National Hamburger Month
- National Foster care Month
- National Golf Month
- National Water Safety Month
- National Hurricane awareness Month
- Bike Week
- Walk to school safety Week
- Emergency Medical Service Week
- Take a Hockey Coach out for lunch Week
The first Saturday of the month is the start of Horse Racing’s most prestigious events, the Triple Crown. 5/5 will be the Kentucky Derby. A little-known fact about the author is that years ago I was named by the Governor of the Great State of Kentucky as a Honorary Kentucky Colonel in the states militia. There, you learned something new today.
The week of 5/6 to 5/12 is in honor of our teachers hence, Teachers appreciation week. Teachers come in many ways and places. From the teachers you have in school to coaches and mentors. Appreciate them all because the truly good ones will guide you on the right path.
The week of 5/12 is dedicated to Nurses who are the unsung heroes of the Health World. Appreciate them or as I like to prod my doctor friends with is, “Doctors save lives and Nurses save Doctors”. Are the doctors’ laughing?
The two dates I have left for last are to myself and most of us closer to the heart. 5/6 is Mother’s Day and 5/30 is Memorial Day. For without Moms and those others who volunteer for our freedoms we would not be here.
I would also cordially invite you all to come to our facility at the Aviator Sports and Events Center and enjoy a day of being busy. There is so much to do and enjoy and it won’t take a bank full of do-re-me to do so. Everything from ice skating, Basketball, Rock Climbing Wall, Gymnastics and many other activities to get you lost in being entertained. We also feature a Golf Center where you can drive the ball to your heart’s content and work on your short game as well as Mini-Golf.
So what are you waiting for? There is something for everyone and everyone for something!
By: John Sacco
Aviator Sports and Events Center
3159 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn NY 11234