Friday Five: Hot Town, Summer in the City

The weather here has been unbelievably beautiful this week, so I'm looking forward to playing Reverendmother's Friday Five.
1. Favorite summer food(s) and beverage(s)
I love grilling. Mr. M barbeques shrimp, and they're fantastic (completely makes me forget the fact that I'm eating the bugs of the sea). I love a good 'rita (on the rocks, with salt), or a big ol' glass of sweet tea (with a splash of almond extract and lemon).

2. Song that "says" summer to you. (Need not be about summer explicitly.)
I hope no one here thinks I'm just going to name one song. My energy levels skyrocket when the sun finally wakes after a long winter. And frankly, I get a lot friskier, too (if we ever have kids, I think they're likely to be born between March and May!). I digress.
Love Shack, B-52s
Night Moves, Bob Seger
Like a Rock, Bob Seger (Am I the only one annoyed that Chevy used one of the sauciest songs EVER?)
Anything by Springsteen
Say Goodbye, DMB

3. A childhood summer memory
At the time, I loved Youth Group camp at Hume Lake. The location was gorgeous, the bonding with other campers was great. Spiritually, I don't think I agree with how they do things anymore, but I loved it then.

4. An adult summer memory
The summer in college that I drove cross-country by myself. I find a tremendous amount of freedom in driving, and long solo trips restore my strongest self. I can still see the red mountains in Utah, and feel the hot, dry wind that swished through my white sundress. I remember stopping for a root beer float at a little stand in Iowa. Gorgeous trip.

5. Describe a wonderful summer day you'd like to have in the near future. (weather, location, activities)
I'm having a seriously hard time keeping my mind out of the gutter here, folks. No answer on this one.

Afterthought: What was I thinking?!? How could I have listed summer music without Jimmy? Where would we be in the hot months without Fruitcakes, without Songs You Know By Heart?


  1. Love Shack. I saw the B52's about 25 years ago (yeah, dating myself), they were (are) a blast. Good play.

  2. A rita on the rocks adds so much to a summer day! Love the music choices, high energy fun songs! Nice play, even if you couldn't be a "good girl" :)

    btw great quote!

  3. well played- laughing at your perfect day...and those shrimp sound wonderful!!!

  4. "Born to Run" being blasted out a dorm window on a late spring day, although it was not summer, seems to fit for me. Too perfect. Good in the car with the windows down, too.

  5. great music choices!

  6. It's good to be bad;)
    Especially in the summer...
    Saweet play!

  7. Anonymous1:01 PM

    sick, just sick. :)

  8. Cosmic Thing (with the track Love Shack on it) was the first music I ever bought. I think I was in 5th grade.

    A few years ago I was working for a big music festival in town and saw them play a set at a BBQ joint. It was amazing.


  9. Ha ha ... I've never thought of shrimp as the "bugs of the sea". That's fun ...

  10. Seger and Springsteen, oh yes! For all time! THANK YOU!

    Isn't Utah awesomely beautiful! Now that I've read a few, I'm having some afterthoughts like you, but my original needs to stand without editing.

    Thanks for playing!

    PS No shrimp for me, please. You can have them all.

  11. I'm so bad. I never thought about church camp! I went every summer! Great play!

  12. OK so my 1st thought was "holy crap somebody else thought of love shack too!" fits with your driving, the salt-rimmed glass of rita... hee hee hee

  13. Cool. I'll join you for a margarita... and I promise NOT to sing my "summer song" in favor of all of yours... which I LOVE!

  14. I am so impressed you drove yourself cross country. When I toured with Covenant Players I could not sit up in the van more than an hour without falling fast asleep, usually through 3 states.

    Great list!


"So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was."
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