All kidding aside, it is a great honor to be here. Like many of the other guest-bloggers, DR is the first blog I ever read, and it inspired to me to start my own blog. DR also turned what was formerly a multi-faceted acquaintance (long story) into a friendship I absolutely treasure.
We took the bus to a nearby beach. Why a bus? Well, my mom is a New Yorker and did not, until I was in high school and gunning for my own driver's license, drive a car. But to my mom's credit, that did not stop her from getting us the heck out of Dodge. My mom, younger brother and I would schlep our cooler, beach blanket and boogie boards about seven stifling blocks to the bus stop, wait however long, and then climb gratefully into the air-conditioned heaven that was our bus to the beach. When the bus doors opened and we felt that blast of cold air- oh my! It took a little over two hours to make the 35-mile trip, but it was definitely worth it. To this day, it is not officially summer until I have fully submerged myself in salty, undulating water. Aaaah!
We also went to the movies. A lot of movies. I'm pretty sure there were some illegal double-features thrown in there. You know, when you leave one theater and slyly slink into another. There also may have been some R-rated movies that my brother and I should not have seen. And there was definitely a lot of smuggling-in of frozen yogurts obtained from non-movie-theater sources. But again, we were hot, and the only thing that mattered was air-conditioning. Couldn't resist the Breakin' poster. Just like the beach, the movie theater remains one of my happiest places.And finally, there was ice cream. We had two parlors nearby (by which I mean less than an hour-long bus ride)- Farrell's and Swensen's. Both of them have since left Escondido, and with them went the scenes of many childhood days spent inhaling ice cream sundaes when all attempts at cooling my exterior had failed. But I will always remember them fondly, and love some ice cream.
I know these memories are simple, but the simple ones sometimes have the most sticking power. I hope you are all finding memorable ways to escape the heat this summer!