and they probably have air conditioning.
Some sweat when the heat is on. That’s me because I don’t have air conditioning.
It’s hotter than balls.
Face of the sun hot.
It has been in the 90s here for a couple of days. I know that to everyone outside the Pacific Northwest that doesn’t sound that extreme but it is. Pacific Northwesterners are not accustomed to extreme weather. It rains often but not hard, I don’t own an umbrella. No hurricanes. No tornadoes. Oh sure, the big one is coming but I can’t live in fear of that. I live in fear of 100 degrees. And yes, you’re right. We don’t often have any humidity. It’s 54% humidity right now, I don’t know what that means.
Nooooo, I’m not going to spend an entire blog post bitching about the weather. It is summer and it is beautiful. So with a tip of the hat to summer, here are songs that get my summer memories flowing. Ta Daaaahhhhh!!!
Summer Nights – I have to have at least one song from Grease. And this song makes me very happy.
Pinch Me – Barenaked Ladies. Derwood LOVES the Barenaked Ladies… any and all…haha just joking, not really. This song makes me think of summer because it has the line “put the sprinkler on the lawn and run through with my gym shorts on.” I don’t have any gym shorts but I love lawn sprinklers.
I have a couple of Cars songs. Just What I Needed came out in 1978 when I was 13. I loved this song, I didn’t really get it because I think the lyrics say “You’re just what I needed. I needed someone to bleed. ? I needed someone to feed? I needed someone to please? plead?” Tommy Kuhn liked the song and I liked Tommy. I think Tommy’s gay now, not that there’s anything wrong with that which there isn’t, it’s just a shame for the ladies.
And Magic by the Cars. 1984. I bought the album (the record album, kids) Heartbeat City. I was 20. It was the 80s. The 80s was a great time to be in your 20s.
Holiday Road — Vacation— Lindsey Buckingham–all good stuff. If you haven’t seen Vacation and I’m looking at you 20-somethings. Go watch it! Right now, this blog can wait. Go! get it on your I whatever and watch it. You’re welcome. And then for good measure, go watch Fletch and Caddyshack.
Heartache Tonight — The Eagles. This song makes me think of summer because of those parties we’ve all been to in high school and college, drinking beer, and you know somebody has a crush on somebody who has a crush on somebody else and they’re going to hook up and there is going to be drama. I can remember back in the 80s, somebody’s backyard or a park; the muted laughter and buzz of gossip fueled by Rainier beer. This is one of those memories I can almost touch, it’s right there just out of reach. The memory is almost physical.
After the Love is Gone – Earth Wind and Fire. The time is 1979, yours truly is 14 and in LOVE with this song. I played it at least 10 times in a row on a juke box in a pizza place at the beach for my friend Kris Wittmer and her mom. I know her mom loved that. The memory cracks me up because, what in the holy hell does a 14 year old know of love and angst, okay I was big on angst.
Here are the Miser Brothers, I can’t stop thinking about them today:
That’s it, I’m going swimming! Happy Weekend!