I appreciate the cool crispiness that rolls in around October. The colors changing from lush greens to warm ambers. The pungent smell of backyard bonfires. Somehow, despite being born and bred in the south, I never acclimated to the heat and humidity that stretches from May to August.
In my teen years, I developed a habit of staying indoors between the hours of noon and five… or six. (I deeply believe that this contributed my night owl-ishness.)
When I migrated north, I thought I had left a great deal of the stifling heat and humidity behind. That was obviously a misguided expectation for they are here in full effect.
Nowadays, though, I don’t let them keep me inside… of my apartment anyway. I found a few ways to entertain myself while staying cool, and I’m not shamed to say they all involve free air conditioning.
With today’s weather forecast called for temperatures reaching into the 90s, I ditched my plans to walk the GWB just for kicks. So how was going to spend the day? I wasn’t too keen on sitting around my apartment waiting for the season premier of Mad Men. I didn’t want to visit yet another museum or see a movie. And the public pool was not appealing, not even a little bit. There was only one other option: brunch indoors. Did you know you can drag out a brunch til 5pm?
My good friend Lora and I headed over to Good Enough to Eat on W 83rd and Broadway. In addition to the fully functioning air conditioning, the service and food were fantastic. We shared fresh blueberry pancakes and scrambled eggs, biscuits with strawberry butter and coffee, and talked and laughed for hours. When we left the temperature had dropped to a balmy 80s and a nice cool breeze was blowing.
All in all, a great way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.