6th July 2011

For me, July is the sound of June bugs, since, despite their name, they hatch in July. It turns out that what I call a June bug is actually a Figeater Beetle whose habitat is the Southwestern United states where I grew up. In other parts of the US, people sometimes refer to Cicadas as June Bugs even though they come out in the late summer, or as Locusts, even though Locusts are actually a kind of grasshopper. Katydids have also been known to take on this nom de plume, but they are actually crickets. The point is, for many folks, the sound of a buzzing insect is the sound of summer. I’m not much of an outdoor person, but I really miss the sound of June Bugs. In London, I hear the odd cricket, but not the incessant buzzing I associate with Chicago or the Southwest. Interestingly, there is also a cocktail called a June Bug which is a mix of Vodka, Coconut Rum, Pineapple/Lime Juice and Ice. Very summery indeed.

Anyway, nostalgic musings about insects aside. Despite the odd wedding, July is shaping up to be a month spent inside, musing about motivation, wrangling with choreography software and missing the sound of June Bugs.

One of my recent jobs, an advert I did for Best Buy, is now up on You Tube. Check it out HERE.