It rained all day today; the high temperature for the day was 69 degrees after midnight, and then it got colder through the day. That means that today is officially Retro-Rockets Day, the first genuinely cool day of the year.
I started using that expression to myself in high school: I got genuinely lazy during the summer, and when the first cool day arrived, generally some time in late August, I knew it was time to get out of my lazy summer orbit and prepare for school.
Many years ago, I worked as a subway conductor. When the first cool day came around in August, my immediate reaction was to pull out the cool-weather uniform (long-sleeve shirt and jacket), perplexing most of my colleagues. Even though my work didn’t really change with the seasons, I was still happy to see the first hint of fall.
Alas, I don’t have the luxury of lazy summers anymore, but I still celebrate Retro-Rockets day, at least within my own mind. It’s better being productive when you’re not fighting the weather.