The Loving Spoonful Had It Right ….

Hot town, summer in the city, Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty. Been down, isn’t it a pity,
doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city. All around, people looking half dead, walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head… UGH!

I’ve been visiting my son and daughter-in-law in Brooklyn for the last month as she’s been recovering from being struck by a speeding bicyclist in Prospect Park.  It’s been delightful (other than the initial reason for my visit) helping with whatever I can (chasing down medical records, domestic chores, meals, accompanying her to appointments as a 2nd set of ears, walking the dog-on-prozac, etc) and especially just spending time with them.   Until this last week, even the weather has been delightful!

  Prospect Park – it’s beautiful if you’ve never been there! All 550 acres of it!

Until this last week …. Now, I am a California boomer from the Sacramento Valley and we get our fair share of hot summer weather with stretches of 100+ degree heat waves … dry heat … and then the wonderful delta breezes arrive from San Francisco Bay …. or we can escape the heat by simply going to San Francisco where the temperatures are almost certain to be 30 degrees or more cooler on the ocean.  But this East Coast excessive heat deal?  I have a whole new respect for the people here who have no escape from this truly oppressive heat – and who live with no air conditioning.  I couldn’t do it.  105 degree temperatures with heat indexes of 110 to 115? UGH! again!

Last night my son and I decided to head back into Manhattan to the West Village at about 8:30 – it was still about 90 degrees and truly oppressive.  Thank goodness for air conditioned subways!  We went to Jefferys Grocery  on Waverly Place for some incredible seafood (oysters, clams, shrimp and crab legs) and wine and then onto Highlands Contemporary Gastropub on West 10th for beverages … stout ales and Pimms Cup!  Yum!

I also wondered how many bachelor parties were in progress at the Stonewall Inn in celebration of today’s first 800 legal same-sex marriages!  Kudos to the State of New York for passing this and congratulations to all you wonderful same-sex couples who are finally able to legally celebrate your unions!  Hopefully the State of California will not be far behind you.

I am excited that we are going an hour and a half north to Connecticut today – to my son’s boss’s house for an employee appreciation event – partly because I’ve never been to Connecticut and now with this heat wave that they have a swimming pool!  The though of sitting even partly submerged in a pool is almost overwhelming!  We are also very much looking forward to a day out of the city – away from the claustrophobia of the buildings and added heat of the traffic and into a little more country environment.  Maybe it won’t be so hot? Probably not, but at least a different view!

Stay cool, everyone – and will you do me a favor?  In honor of Leiby Kletzky, the 8-year old senselessly murdered in Kensington last week, and in honor of his parent’s wishes, please do a random act of kindness for someone today …

May your soul find peace ….  Namaste ….


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