We finally pulled over at one of those places you drive by a hundred times and think, “I want to see that in real life.” I’d like a little diorama of this bridge at my desk—complete with cow and chicken sounds in the background, and trickling water. Serenity in a box.
Rob found it hilarious that I said “hot as Hades” and something about a warm front in my last post. He laughed for about 5 minutes before continuing reading. (He always finds obscure things to be funny.) But it was hot as Hades—again—and after soaking the front of my shirt watching Rob’s cousin’s lacrosse game, I stood out on the field with his youngest cousin while the sky grew ominous and the scoreboard was disassembled. We dragged yellow dandelions along the inside of our forearms to turn the skin yellow and compared the circumferences of our biceps.
Y’all don’t know functionality until you’ve got yourself a pair of Bean Boots.
I sure am glad that while plaid shirts have peaked, no one’s putting them in the “toss” column of those BAZAAR “Buy, Keep, Store” lists. Even though I found a major discrepancy in a recent issue. They advised you to toss all your nautical bags, but dedicated an entire page to nautical-styled things you should buy to create your best sea-faring look. To be taken with a grain of salt, apparently.
Oh, then we stopped for ice cream on the side of the road, as evidenced by this really attractive photo:
Eating a cone that monstrous triggered some sort of muscle memory from my distant past. Like riding a bike. I can’t remember the last time I ate an ice cream cone, but zillions of DQ soft serves in carpool on the way home from Beaches Episcopal taught me the proper procedure for controlling meltage, and methodical circular motions for preventing drippage. All of a sudden I was going at it, systematically rotating it 15 degrees to the right after each lick—like some sort of fatty ice cream eating pro.
I hope you’re all embracing the season. Git yer Vitamin D on now, y’hear.
[Ryan Bingham, singer and songwriter behind Crazy Heart, performing “The Weary Kind”]