Sunday, July 15, 2012

The old Nae Mair, she ain't what she used to be

We don't know what they were trying to do at Stonehenge between 3000 BC and 2000 BC, arranging giant rocks to line up with the break of the sun on days of solstice and equinox and so forth.  Best guess is that they were planning for a Rolling Stones concert to be held in several weeks.

And certainly, the people who laid out the streets of New York, NY, in 1811 had no idea that on certain days of the year, the sunset would be perfectly framed by the canyons of Manhattan.  Calendars being what they were in 1811, they  were lucky if they didn't miss Saint Swithin's Day, which is today! Good thing you didn't miss it, because you're supposed to check the weather today, and what we have today will be what we have until Saint Tom Cruise Day, when the days get real short. 

I guess there's not a man or woman alive who doesn't remember chanting this as a child:

'St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St. Swithin's day if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain nae mair.'
dost = does
thou = you
nae mair = no more
forty = ounces in a bottle of malt liquor

Manhattanhenge was celebrated this year with many bottles of malt liquor.  Dost thou desire to travel to Manhattan next July 12 to see sunsets like this?  Because until next July, 'twon't set like this nae mair.

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