First a little Wikipedia:
The Romans referred to the dog days as diēs caniculārēs and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the “Dog Star” because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius is also the brightest star in the night sky. The term “Dog Days” was used earlier by the Greeks (see, e.g., Aristotle’s Physics, 199a2).
The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as sunrise (heliacal rising), which is no longer true, owing to precession of the equinoxes. The Romans sacrificed a brown dog (!!!) at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather.
Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time “when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, Quinto raged in anger, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies…”
I don’t know about boiling seas (though the lake has been pleasantly swimable lately), sour wine, or crazy dogs, but yesterday afternoon it was hot as blazes and a group of women on the north side of Chicago exhibited fevers, hysterics, and frenzies, all thanks to DJ Sassybrass! And there was nothing languid about it–until the music stopped. At which point none of us could move.
I have to say, she warned me. On Friday afternoon I got the heads up that this would be a “two-water bottle” mix, and man, DJ Sassybrass wasn’t kidding! She left us panting like a Saint Bernard in Bermuda (being crushed by a child):
And now, because there are no better words to describe how we came to sweat buckets yesterday:
DJ Sassybrass, you are beautiful–and you make us all feel beautiful, too 🙂 Good to have you back girl!!
Also, some BIG NEWS!!! This Wednesday DDPP is going to be interviewed by ABC for the program 190 North! As usual, we will have a safe zone for ladies who don’t want to be on camera, so don’t worry about that. But they would love to chat with some ladies about why they love DDPP, so come on out and get a few seconds to count toward your 15 minutes of fame!