Joel Vernier

One summer day after lunch, I was relaxing in my “Comfy Chair,” and the thought occurred to me that summer is my favorite time of year. I know it has biting bugs, sunburn, poison ivy, grass to cut and trim, and of course hot, humid weather. As I lazily began to try to fall asleep, I noticed that I needed to wipe my brow because I had a “sweat mustache,” you have either seen one or had one. This happens on the hazy warm, humid days of summer when it seems like you perspire just walking to the kitchen for a drink of water. You need to drink lots of liquids to keep hydrated during this kind of weather and make sure your pets have plenty of water available.

Summer also has festivals every weekend somewhere in Michigan, ethnic festivals featuring ethnic food, hamburgers, potato, fishing, music, BBQ, parades, cheese, beer, all types of celebrations. There are also tons of sidewalk sales, garage sales, cookouts, picnics, swimming, sunbathing, boating, fishing, baseball, golf, and indeed a myriad of sports. 

In Michigan, we are blessed with many evenings of sleeping with the windows wide open, letting the cool night air in, except for those few days of high 90s and humidity.

The summer Michigan cologne of choice is a Bug-Off DEET product mixed with a sweet-smelling coconut sunblock. The attire of choice is a pair of shorts or swimming trunks, flip flops or tennis shoes and maybe a shirt. You can go barefoot and connect with mother earth when you stand and meditate on the ground. When you go to a restaurant or a store, the signs usually state; “No Shirt No Shoes No Service!” It’s true, some people look good shirtless, and some should be covered by a shirt. The ladies, of course, have no option. 

Body shapes may help one determine if one should go shirtless. 

If your body shape looks like a pear, an apple, a watermelon or a banana, a shirt might be desired. If you look like you may be related to “Big Foot” or your nickname is “Sasquatch,” no one will tell you, but you might consider wearing a shirt. It will cut down on the ogling and screaming.

I, of course, prefer wearing a shirt; it’s just more comfortable. In Michigan, not wearing a shirt is not an option in winter, and most fall or spring days. Time to get out of my “Comfy Chair” and head into the kitchen for a cold beverage and onto the deck to enjoy one of these dog days of summer. After a short period of time, I notice that it is sweltering and humid out here, and I’m beginning to sweat a lot. Time to head back to my “Comfy Chair” after I crank the AC on. Oh well, if it’s not heating bills, its cooling bills. I love summer!

“Remember, every day is a gift! Some are just a little more fun to open than others. – © Joel M. Vernier 2019 Author of: “The Guinea Pig In The Freezer.” joelmvernier@aol.com.

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