Memoirs of my SUUSI trips for 1998-2007 are available on this mini-quilt. Clicking on 2008 gives you my preview for the next year. Click on the square for memoirs of my SUUSI for that year:
A question gets asked often as to when SUUSI is. From what I have seen of the dates of SUUSI, all the way back to 1979, I have come up with these rules for determining the dates of SUUSI. I understand that a concern caused by school dates going back earlier and earlier into August is forcing SUUSI back earlier into July. That has caused the dates to change. Further, I hear of such expressions as "the third week in July". The problem is that there are two interpretations of this, depending on whether you count the week that contains days of June and July both in it as a week of July or not. So I have reworded it to refer to a specific date that SUUSI always contains. The rules I observe are these:
From 1979 (or maybe farther back) to 2002: SUUSI is the week from Sunday to Saturday that contained July 27. I therefore called that date “SUUSI day”, since it was always in SUUSI.
From 1997 to 2007: SUUSI occurs every 52 weeks.
From 2003 to the foreseeable future: SUUSI is the week from Sunday to Saturday that contains July 20. So now July 20 is SUUSI day, as it always occurs in SUUSI. In 2008, July 20 will be Ingathering Day.
There is one exception to these rules, namely 1996. The rules say this SUUSI should have been July 21-28. Instead, it was July 14-20 because the other dates coincided with a summer Olympics whose location was within SUUSI territory (Atlanta), and because that was when our host, Radford University, could accommodate us.
Applying this rule to 2007, we get that SUUSI in 2007 was on July 15-21. 2008 is a leap year, so that causes a jump of 2 dates; however, July 13-19 does not contain July 20. Therefore, in 2008, SUUSI jumps a week, invalidating the 52-week rule. It will be July 20-26 that year. This is the first year since 1997 that SUUSI hasn't been every 52 weeks. Sorry, folks, we have to wait another week to go to SUUSI this year, but it will be worth it.