There was also the matter of coordinating an office move at
work, dealing with vendors, getting quotes and approvals and so on, in addition
to the normal travel schedule. We didn't get to the ballet, or a single concert; there was no Park Playhouse or fireworks.
On the theory that if I wasn't having a summer of fun, no one would, younger daughter was packed off to a series of "camps" - if you can call intensive educational experiences full of kids way brighter than I am "camps" - which took up travel days and left us with an empty nest for a chunk of the summer. Older daughter lived away for the summer, having a job and being all responsible and grown up, and probably doing things that I don't even want to know about while living in squalor. And then there was a family tragedy that just hurts too much to think about and has definitely cast a pall over the remaining days of August.
On the other hand, we did have a wonderful family vacation all together in Burlington. We found a favorite new place for ice cream, Mac's in Watervliet. The canoes and kayak were fairly well used. There was Frisbee. There was lots of ukulele. Wife and I snuck off to DC together and had dinner with old friends, and later hosted other old friends who were traveling through Albany. I had lunch in the park with my insanely grown-up daughter. I have repeatedly caught the other one practicing piano without provocation. I bought a wicked sexy new circular saw. And I think I even started to get used to the heat.
So while it wasn't The Summer of Fun, it wasn't The Summer of No Fun.