I like to take a glass and fill it up with ice on a hot day and then pour it full of coca cola or pepsi cola and stick my nose against the ice and just let the contents of that glass leak out into my mouth … I know it is kind of a primitive-sounding approach but it is so refreshing on a scorching day!
This sort of thing reminds me of those hot days of yore when I would dangle my bare feet in the cool waters of a countryside creek … feeling the slickness of the cold rocks beneath the water’s ebb and flow.
But as the years passed, my tastes evolved and I found myself on hot days sitting in a revolving restaurant somewhere high above Seattle, Washington or on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, Ontario …. sipping rum and fruit juice through shaved ice in oversized glasses …. waiting for that just-perfectly-cooked African Rock Lobster tail —
The sound of the ocean always comforted me back in the days when I would spend days during the summer at St. Moritz Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. They had a rum drink there called a “Romboo.” It was rum and fruit punch with actual pieces of pineapples and other tropical fruits in it… again served through shaved ice … with a little paper umbrella stuck in it as decoration.
I remember how in the evenings, I would sit on the veranda of the hotel and look out over the waters of the Atlantic ocean …. watching the distant starkly-white-painted Russian trawler ship anchored a ways off from us — Always wondered what they were doing out there.
Other memorable getaways from the summer heat that I recall included that secluded little cabin I rented on a mountainside in the Great Rocky Mountain chain … just a few miles distant from Donner Pass.
The trek through Feather River Canyon in California’s gold country ….The river in that canyon was very shallow in places and the water was said to have come from a distant glacier and was said to be pure enough to lie face down and drink from it back in those days — and that is what I did …At night we would build our campfire and cook fresh-caught fish and enjoy hush puppies made by my friend, Danny.
Another of my favorite hang outs during the heat of summer back in those days long gone by now .. was the Sheraton Seelbach Hotel … a truly marvelous Art Deco treasure located in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. I had a room on the 7th floor and that is one of the places where I first enjoyed air conditioning as well as their famous roast beef open faced sandwich …. (I am not being compensated for mentioning any hotels, motels, services, businesses, etc. on this blog. I am sharing experiences.)
I don’t know why I blogged about all this stuff except that it is hot outside right now and I am about to lie down on my Thousand dollar mattress and take another air conditioned nap.