Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summer Heat, Cold Gazpacho, & the Art of Lying

Summer is here; arrived with a sucker-punch to the face.  How's that for a happy image?  It's true.

Walking to work there was not a wisp of breeze; there was a haze in the still air, and the temperature was already 78' F at 7:30 (I had to be at work early to allow plumbers and refrigeration technicians in to perform repairs), making it hard to breathe. I was pretty damp upon arrival. I thanked the universe that the AC had been left on overnight, albeit at a higher temperature than appreciated .  At least the air was a bit cool - and dry.  That was most important. Lowered the temperature, turned on the ceiling fans and the place cooled down quickly.

Sat at the bar reading Twain's "On the Decay of the Art of Lying"  on the Kindle while awaiting the arrival of the technicians. It's a funny, short essay that I hadn't read since college. Even more true, even funnier than I remember.  That's not necessarily a good thing, but true, none-the-less.

Once the techs arrived and began doing their thing, I got to my work, but since it was so early, I was finished with a half hour to spare before staff would arrive.  So, back to the Kindle.

Downloaded another 3 books on my list and set about reading "The Time Machine" by H. G. Wells...not read in 50 years!  Doesn't that sound strange?  Looks strange when I see it on screen.  Have I really be around this planet that long?  Whew!

By the time the restaurant opened at 11:30, it was already 92'F  and everyone had left the beach in search of a cool place to have a cold drink and a bit of lunch.  We were busy all day; serving over 100 diners from opening to 4 PM.

As my shift ended I was asked to be available at 8 AM tomorrow, because the techs would be back with the parts to repair whatever was wrong.  I affirmed that I would be there, logged out, and headed for home. It was 97'F at that time.

Peeled out of the damp work drag, made a large pitcher of Gazpacho,  (using ingredients purchased at the Farmers Market)  put together a huge cucumber salad with vidalia onions and dill - cucumbers were 4 for $1.00 so how could I lose - and will enjoy both with a few leftover beef back ribs for supper.

After my two olives and some music, supper will be followed by a warm shower and an early bed-time. Only a minor change in the forecast for tomorrow, thunderstorms in addition to a high of 92'F.  In short, not much relief, but I do enjoy walking in a downpour even if I am in work drag. After all, "Singin' in the Rain" is my fave musical of all time.

Olives await. 

And so it goes.


  1. Only two "olives". I'd have no self control if Fred weren't watching me.
    Happy Summer! It begins.

  2. I am all for gazpacho, which is my favorite.


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