A Grill: Whether male or female, one needs a grill in the summertime. Walk thee to the Home Depot and get yourself a little/big/fancy/basic (charcoal) grill. Weber lasts longest but I got the little red sale grill for $40 bucks and it works just fine (and hello, what are my chances of finding another place with an amazing backyard in NYC if I move in the fall?). For great grilling recipes, check out Martha’s Site!
A Decent Playlist: There is nothing fun about walking through the streets of EnWhySee on a sweltering hot day–unless you have some good tunes in your ears. My iPod is good friends with Enrique (sigh), Maroon 5, Adele, Jay z, Rihanna, Eminem, J.Lo and even a little Led Z and Jefferson Airplane (one pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small…)
The “Off” Mosquito Candle: Trust me. I looked like I had chicken pox part deux after my first dinner al fresco.
A Fan. No, not someone to applaud you (though that would be nice and kind of weird at the same time). One that blasts away beads of sweat. I know, I know, many of you fancy people have A.C. (or-gasp!-central air) but for those who aren’t rich (so expensive to run all day) or who live in pre-war, rent controlled apartment’s with a super who plays “God of The Basement Where The A.C Lives,” a fan might do you some good. I got myself a little four-speed stand-up fan (complete with a remote control) for 30 Washington’s at Costco. Don’t be jealous… BTW, this is how I have felt all month!
A Movie in The Park Plan: Here in The City, we have movies in Bryant Park–Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is playing this year!–and I always gather a few friends, a couple of bottles of wine and pack a picnic. It’s a great deal of fun and a wonderful (cheap!) way to spend a balmy summer night.
A Fling. Maybe it will be with your wife. Or your neighbor. Or your neighbor’s wife (hope not; Karma). Just flirt like crazy and get yourself someone to smooch under the fireworks and by the beach bonfire.
Protection. Not that kind (unless you need that kind, and if so, hopefully it’s not involving your neighbor’s wife). I am talking about sun protection. Unless you want unsightly sun spots and wrinkles (or worse Cancer) I suggest you shell out for the 85 SPF (I don’t play) and–if you are a lady or a very secure and fabulous man– get yourself a big, floppy hat.
A Summer Bucket List: Seriously, we only get so many summers here on this earth, so why not take advantage of the warm weather (or find new appreciation if you’re a lucky so-and-so who sunburns on Christmas) and do something fun?
A Dog. Tony Montana is the little four-legged love of my life. Everyone should be so lucky.
Darts: I walked through a Queens street fair (aka “Mafia tailgate sale”) and got this nifty little magnetic dart board that is so awesome that I can’t help raving about it to strangers. OK, so maybe that’s just me, I rave. Still, darts are fun–especially when accompanied by one or three cold (insert adult beverage name here).
A Boat: Who doesn’t love a boat?
This song while on a boat. (Warning: Curse Words)
Happy Summer! What will make our summer better?