Fact: Summers are too short.
Way too short. Even this summer, which feels like it’s ending a week later than usual.
That’s why we always feel compelled to cram so much into the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day every year.
The summer of 2015 was, for me, a bit of a whirlwind. A lot happened, some of it overwhelming, and I’m not 100% sure I even remember everything.
Let’s see: I finally made it to Colorado, finally visited my old summer camp, and finally rode on Codzilla. I worked out in a gym again. I saw a bunch of good movies, a couple good concerts, and even went to two Red Sox games. I walked around a lot. I dated. I ate. I met some Twitter friends IRL. I was happy. I checked a few more things off my 2015 to-do list. And there was more. I know there was more.
So, in an effort to make sure I have everything — or most of it, anyway — documented, here (in no particular order) are some of the things I’ll never forget about the summer of 2015.
1. Red Rocks was worth the wait, but what I really should have been waiting for all along was Garden of the Gods.
2. Codzilla? Not worth the wait.
3. You might think wearing low-top Converse sneakers when you’re 41 years old makes you look young, but you’re wrong. They make you look kinda silly.
4. Good things come to those who wait.
5. Better things come to those who are ready.
6. Zac Brown Band concerts are pretty awesome.
8. If there was an actual Jurassic World theme park, I would spare no expense to go. Even if it meant I’d be eaten or trampled by a dinosaur.
9. Working in the city is even better than I remember it being.
10. Cookie Dough Café’s edible cookie dough: Expensive, but damned tasty.
11. Five and half years is too long to go without having a doctor’s physical.
12. There is only so much you can do to get people to use Twitter.
13. I’ll never get back the time I wasted not eating from the Chicken & Rice Guys truck.
14. Mosquitos love me. Still.
15. It’s possible to have 10 gallons of water delivered to your house. At one time.
16. My name is Martin. Not Marty.
17. A Summer Olympics in Boston would have been awesome. Missed opportunity.
18. South Natick is not the place to go for good hard cider.
19. Some things from high school never change.
20. Chestnut Hill Reservoir is a great place to walk around, but Jamaica Pond is a much more interesting walk.
22. The NFL has an uncanny ability to stretch a nothing story into a months-long scandal.
24. Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander need to be in more movies. Together.
25. Relationships are hard. But they’re worth it.
26. It’s very cool to see your name on the wall of your old summer camp more than 20 years after the last time you were there.
27. The music of Hall & Oates gets better the older you get.
28. Blackbird Donuts are better than Union Square Donuts.
29. There are a lot of great seats in Fenway Park, but nothing beats seeing a game from seats just a few rows away from home plate. Especially when they’re free.
30. The first season of Dating Naked was better than the second one.
31. There is more to life than Twitter chats.
32. That said, it’s always nice to be recognized by people you like for making a real contribution. Or, at the very least, for being an active tweeter/member of the community.
33. It’s a very bad idea to work out with an empty stomach.
34. There are very few more Boston things than seeing James Taylor live in concert from the field at Fenway Park.
35. It’s helpful to know where the photographers are along the route of a 5K, so it looks to the world like you ran more of it than you walked.
36. Having a 10-year-old kid in the office for a week just makes everyone smile more. (Related: 10 year olds take things very seriously, even if you say them in jest.)
37. There’s only so much in life you can blame on your parents — especially the older you get.
38. Amy Winehouse’s music was even better than we all thought it was.
39. Kevin Hart loves to go running with random people.
40. Blab is just the latest in a long line of self-aggrandizing tools and it needs to go away. Social media gives us all a voice. There’s no reason for yours to be any louder than everybody else’s.
41. Cookie dough pancakes (at In a Pickle, natch) are best when you’re introducing them to someone new.
42. Someone left an iPod Shuffle in my car. No clue how long it’s been there.
43. Jon Stewart had perhaps the most perfect sendoff ever.
44. I need to find time to read the rest of Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance.
46. The Lost series finale still holds up five years later.
47. I have a lot to work on.
Hmmmm … I guess I remembered more than I thought.
Thank you, summer of 2015, for being such a memorable, fun time!
What will YOU remember about the summer of 2015? Share your thoughts in the comments section below, or tell me in a tweet.