Staying Productive During the Dog Days of Summer

The dog days of summer are here. It can be hard to stay productive during this season while co-workers and employees go on vacation, summer hours go into effect or maybe even your business slows down a bit. In this post we will look at ways to stay productive during the dog days of summer.

What are the dog days of summer, anyway?

What thoughts come to mind when you hear the phrase “the dog days of summer”? Warm weather, sunny beaches, pool side barbecues or family road trips? Or maybe you think of it in more of a literal sense like dogs lying around in the heat or playing around like this fun video from America’s Funniest Home Videos (AVF).

Sidney Hall [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sidney Hall [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

While the term may mean many of those things to us today, I think you would be surprised to learn about its origin. It comes from the Greek belief about the star Sirius also known as the dog star in the Canis Major and Lepus constellation. Take a look at the image above. The Greeks believed that Canis Major was like a dog chasing a hare named Lepus. The dog star Sirius is at the tip of the dog’s nose. The dog days of summer occur when Sirius lines up with the Sun. These days are believed to be the hottest days of the year. However, we know now that this couldn’t be true. While the months of July and August are usually the hottest the hottest days can vary from year to year depending on where you live. We also know that a star could never warm up the Earth as much as our Sun already does. However the term “dog days of summer” has stuck and taken on a whole new meaning. Continue reading

Bar Rescue Saves the Day with Souvenir Cups

resurrection-drinkNo matter what business you’re in, running it is never an easy thing. The other night I was watching an episode of Bar Rescue on Spike TV which is a show were bar fixer extraordinaire, Jon Taffer will come to your dying bar, tell you what is wrong and how to fix it. But he doesn’t just tell you how to fix it (this is reality TV of course) he goes about putting the fixes in place even down to remodeling the establishment. The episode I watched was about a bar in Far Rockaway, Queens called the Bungalow Bar. It is a family owned bar that was demolished by super storm Sandy which hit the east coast one year ago today. Although this is a great comeback story, there was an even bigger underlying story about how the right promotional marketing can change the course of your business. Continue reading