Surviving August

Would someone please remind me next year that the month of August might best be spent somewhere other than the SOUTH!  It’s hot everywhere.  I just visited my old home on Dog River down in southern Alabama. Visited old friends, drank some chilly beers and headed to dinner with my friend JP. We grabbed a bit of fried seafood on the Mobile Causeway at the Blue Gill.  If you’ve never been on the Causeway, imagine a four lane highway just slightly above sea level with swamp everywhere.  There’s no reason to cross the damned thing unless you just want to experience what it’s like to be a marsh-an.  The various seafood restaurants and bars there for the most part these days are elevated to survive floods and such. Not the Blue Gill. It’s just going to flood and blow away when the next hurricane shows up.  That’s just a minor distraction for them. They charged me a $5 cover to go sit outside in the heat, swat mosquito’s and listen to loud music.  Heat can make you delirious. I suspect that’s a donation to their rebuilding fund.

Summer 2006

This summer sizzles. I saw the movie “Inconvenient Truth” and will be investing in waders soon.

I flew to Toms River to have lunch with an old friend. Eddie R has had his impact on my life, and it was good to see him the family. Then, I went on to Long Island to visit Sag Harbor, and finally Madison, WS to visit my friend Pierre’s homeplace. His mother recently died, and there’s a for sale sign in at the end of the gravel driveway.

You know, there is a disappearing generation of homes that people like me grew up in. Parents die, downsize, or go to assisted living and the homestead gets sold to a young couple ready to renovate, or a developer ready to bulldoze. PLEASE, would someone go do a coffee table book and document these fabulous homes? The ones with old kitchens, black and white family pictures on the wall, shelves full of great books, crank out windows, wooden or plaster walls, screened in porches, and a china cabinet full of stuff they never used. I can smell the place now. I’ll buy the first copy and advertise it on my site.

All else I know is that I’m over due taking a fishing trip.