Battle Of The Seasons: Your Pick For Best Season Is...

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Four seasons

As you know from our posts earlier this week, the TN Team has been arguing over which season they think is best. Was it fall, with its pumpkin-flavored foods and fall foliage? Was it winter, with its extreme sports and winter holidays? Was it spring, with its blooming flowers and sports? Or was it fall, with its fun summer activities and barbecues?

While we did our best to make a case for our respective favorites, we also wanted to give our readers a chance to weigh in. So we asked around on social media to you tell us which season reigned supreme. And YOUR choice for the best season is (drumroll please)...

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Battle Of The Seasons: Why Summer Is The Best

Palm trees in Santa Monica, CA

As the old saying goes, we've saved the best for last, and summer is indeed the best season. People look forward to summer because it has much more to offer than the other seasons. It's always warm, the days are long, and unlike the other seasons, there is no point where it is too cold to do something.

From cookouts to vacations to swimming, summer just provides so many opportunities for things to do. After all, during what other season can you just choose a day and know that it'll probably be a nice one? No other season except summer.

Why Summer Is The Best

Warm Weather. Consider this: the national average temperature of the United States during the two full months of summer — July and August — is 74.29 and 72.77 degrees Fahrenheit. Even the northernmost city with a population of over 20,000, Fairbanks, AK, has an average of 72.7 degrees F. in July. Which other season can claim that it's comfortably warm almost anywhere for at least one month of the season? That's right, only summer can do that.

It's gets even better for cities that are among the contiguous 48 or are Hawaii, because you can be sure that almost any day of the summer is a good day for an activity. Want to barbecue? Great. Go camping? Go for it. Take a trip somewhere? You've picked the right time. There is almost nothing that can't be done during summer. You can even ski if you're willing to take a trip to Oregon. No other season has weather that allows such varied types of activities.

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Five summer movies opening in U.S. theaters in June

I'm pretty excited for the movies that will be released in theaters over the next few weeks. Summer movies tend to be huge, and huge usually means great, so I can't wait for the return of a Pixar classic, a new take on buddy cop films, and a movie where the actors are playing themselves. Check it out:

The Internship

Release date: Friday, June 7, 2013

Starring: Owen Wilson; Vince Vaughn; Rose Byrne

Short summary: Two guys get let go from their job and decide to intern at Google instead in hopes it will turn into a job.


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Select Concert Tours Ending Soon

Performer End Date Avg. Selling Price
Brothers of the Sun Aug. 25 $133
Big Time Rush Sept. 22 $101
American Idols Live Sept. 11 $117
Elton John Sept. 18 $204
Def Leppard & Poison Sept. 15 $133
Honda Civic Tour Sept. 10 $121
Demi Lovato Sept. 1 $130
Duran Duran Sept. 1 $133
Evanescence Sept. 2 $84

As the saying goes, "all good things must come to an end." So it is with the summer, and so it is with some of the concert tours and residencies that ran during the season. A good number of major performers are ending tours before summer ends on September 21 and the weekend after.

Check out the table to the right to see a selection of artists who are ending their tours before autumn begins, along with their average sales prices. Artists are sorted by popularity.*

Of the artists ending soon, the Brothers of the Sun Tour and Big Time Rush have been the most popular by far, with BotS and BTR accounting for well over 50% of the tickets sold for this group of artists on TicketNetwork.com. It's been a good year for both artists, as Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw joined up for the first time in a decade, and Big Time Rush made the hop from the TV world to the real world.

Competition from British boy band One Direction lowered demand for Big Time Rush, thus resulting in a lower average sales price, but the band nevertheless remained one of the top selling concert acts at TicketNetwork.com for five consecutive months.

Although several summer tours are ending, many more tours will start up as autumn gets closer, and some will run through early winter.

TicketNetwork.com sales data is as of 8/17/2012, 9:30 a.m. EDT. Percentages are based on total ticket sales. Prices are not set by TicketNetwork.com and may fluctuate based on market demand.

Easy yet delicious summer recipes

It's barbecue time!

As the weather gets nicer and outdoor gatherings become more popular, there can be a lot of pressure to bring along delicious food for a housewarming, barbecue, graduation party, birthday party, birthday barbecue, graduation housewarming...you get the idea. But not everyone has the time or the cooking skills to whip up a gourmet side. Never fear! Here are three easy yet yummy recipes for your next big picnic:

Fruit salad

This is basically the easiest recipe I know, so it's simple but good.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans fruit cocktail
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 container Cool Whip

Just mix everything together and serve. The amount/number of individual ingredients can be adjusted to taste.

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