When it’s summer in the city, and you are so long gone from the city, I start to miss you, baby, sometimes

I am settled in to watch Game of Thrones and am REALLY hoping something shocking and bloody happens tonight which I will not spoil in case you either aren’t caught up or haven’t read the books. But I totally would like to see some craziness happen, here, HBO.

ANYWAY, the weekend is over, and I hope you all had happy weekends of happiness. I worked (and worked and WORKED) on Saturday and it was just as crazy as predicted. Most of the very upset people had broken air conditioners. Broken air conditioners in 90 degree weather = yelling at the answering service. Also, a lot of the local apartment complexes just do not care if your air conditioner is broken on the weekend. This might be something you should look into when you’re thinking of moving into an apartment. Just ask, “Soooo, what’s your policy if my air conditioner breaks on a Saturday afternoon, by the way?” and if they say, “You’re shit outta luck, sonny Jim,” well, maybe look for a new place. Rather than calling me on a Saturday afternoon and threatening me by saying “If you don’t get my air conditioner working, I WILL FIND YOU. And also call every ten minutes until you do.” Oh, ok, then, buckaroo, let me pull my air conditioner repair diploma out of cold storage (ha! cold storage! get it?) and I’ll be RIGHT OVER.

Thumbs-up, yo!

Thumbs-up, yo!

Then Sunday I went to a play which was very good but I was ridiculous and forgot my umbrella and HOLY DOWNPOUR. I got to my car really, really soggy. My own damn fault. I knew it was going to rain. I put the umbrella where I wouldn’t forget it. And then I promptly forgot it. Sometimes I totally win at life. She says sarcastically.

ANYWAY, it is now summer. Yes, yes. I know it’s not officially summer until the solstice. But I consider June 1 to be the first day of summer for me. June, July and August are summer months, dammit, and I don’t need the solstice to tell me it’s summer. The heat and humidity are here, the sun’s coming up at an ungodly early hour, and Dumbcat’s lolling around in sunbeams as cats are wont to do. My air conditioner’s been going on overtime for days. Yep, it’s summer, solstice be damned. (Not really. I love the solstice. It’s magic-time.)

Well, THIS is sciency, right?

Well, THIS is sciency, right?

I don’t love summer. I don’t do well with heat, I don’t love sun, I get crabbity at how long the days are. I know. Most people look forward to summer and it’s just their favorite thing. Not me. There’s something wrong with me, right? Don’t care. I look forward to autumn with the cool nights and the leaves falling crisp off the trees.

However, even though summer and I do not get along, not even a little bit, I have many grand plans for the next few months. If there’s anything I’m good at doing, it’s making plans.

LUCY’S FOOTBALL’S SUMMER OF AWESOMENESS!

Vacation! End of July! Nine whole days off! Going up north to the mountains and one of my favorite places in all the world! Where it will be quiet and smell like pine trees and I will read many books and make many campfires and eat many things cooked on the grill. Mom and I are going to a play; Dad and I will have some sort of adventure; hopefully my brother and I will get to hang a little and I’ll get to see his dog, who I love and haven’t seen in a while. (Yes, I think about seeing animals while I’m on vacation.) I will also get to see Helper Mule, and in news of awesome, Mom has asked me to bring Dumbcat with me because there are mice at camp and she thinks he will eat some and also scare the rest away. I get to go on vacation with my best buddy, aw! That’s nice because I hate leaving him behind. He’s so sad when I get home. He thinks I’ve abandoned him. This will be nice for him. He gets a little vacation, too! And also to hunt mice! It’s going to be like Cat Disneyland for him up there!

Look out, mousey, Dumbcat's comin' to town!

Look out, mousey, Dumbcat’s comin’ to town!

Montreal! On the Sunday I arrive upstate, I will be making the trek to Montreal! Much fun will be had. Many adventures. One of which will be actually DRIVING in Montreal. But I will persevere. I am very brave. Plus I will get to meet Le Clown and Sara, so that’s really worth scary city-driving, right? Right.

Look how pretty, aw!

Look how pretty, aw!

Reading! I have many reading plans for the summer. First, I have two MEGA HUGE BOOKS I am reading. Infinite Jest, for the Summer of Jest readalong with some of my favorite internettians (yes, I know, I should have read it by now, but I was afraid it was too smart for me, and I hate books that make me feel stupid) and A Dance with Dragons, because I’m about to get spoiled by the TV show and I would hate that. I will also be reading OTHER books in-between THOSE books, because this summer there are TWO new Stephen King books coming out (Joyland and The Dark Man) and a new Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Lane) along with all the other things I need to be reading and such. I know. It’s utterly impossible to cram enough words into my eyeholes to please me.

Television! I will be finishing the new season of Arrested Development, catching up on the 4 months I’m behind on current television shows, and, if time permits, starting Doctor Who because sj says it is something I need to do. That’s a lot of television. I’m aware. Also, True Blood starts in a couple of weeks, and Under the Dome starts at the end of June. So many good things!

I'd be lying if I said I had high hopes for "Under the Dome," but I'll still watch it. Of course I will.

I’d be lying if I said I had high hopes for “Under the Dome,” but I’ll still watch it. Of course I will.

Plays! I get to see a LOT of theater this summer. And get PAID for it! I have three reviews this month, and they’re all at fancy theaters. And there will be more in July and August! So exciting! Even better, the three reviews this month are in Massachusetts, and I have never even BEEN in Massachusetts! I’m totally going on an ADVENTURE!

Shower/Wedding! Friends A. and K. are getting married this summer! I have friend K.’s wedding shower this weekend and then the wedding is in August and am I going to cry? Well! Yes I am! Because I am so happy for them!

Readings! Many good authors are coming to town this summer! First, and most excitingly, Neil Gaiman at the end of the month! Then in July, Robert Pinsky (who used to be the Poet Laureate), Joyce Carol Oates (whee! SO EXCITING!), Russell Banks (who wrote The Rule of the Bone and The Sweet Hereafter) and Rick Moody (he wrote The Ice Storm, which I LOVE.)

Pretty sure Gaiman's counting the days til I get to meet him, right? Right.

Pretty sure Gaiman’s counting the days til I get to meet him, right? Right.

So, there! Even though I will be hot, and uncomfortable, and crabby, I will be doing a lot of amazing things over the next few months. This is how you take LEMONS and turn them into LEMONADE, people. Shit. Now I want lemonade.

I hope you all have grand summer plans as well! Maybe yours include beaches and parks and such? Those are valid choices. I don’t judge.

(And because it makes me both happy and melancholy, here’s Regina Spektor’s “Summer in the City” where I got the title of this post. I kind of love her.)

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38 responses to “When it’s summer in the city, and you are so long gone from the city, I start to miss you, baby, sometimes

  • sj

    I am so excited for you about ALL OF THIS!

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  • becomingcliche

    SO MUCH FUN!

    I had never even heard of IJ until sj did her post. I am reading, too. No preconceived notions, although the forward is a little off-putting.

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    • lucysfootball

      I’m 38 pages in right now (only a little ahead of schedule) and I really like what I’ve read so far. It’s twisty and intelligent and funny and it’s like taking a book adventure. It’s the perfect summer read for me. I’m so excited!

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  • elaine4queen

    You should live somewhere equatorial, then you wouldn’t have long days in the summer. It’d be hot, but then, there’s air conditioning, so that’s that solved.

    My advice is now £50 a line. You’re welcome.

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    • lucysfootball

      Did you know that right now where Andreas is it is only dark from midnight to 4am? Is that not the worst thing you’ve ever heard in your LIFE? Our poor Andreas is suffering through TWENTY HOURS OF SUN A DAY right now!!!

      Yikes, I now owe you a hundred pounds since that was two lines. I’ll work some extra shifts. It’ll be ok. I like to pay what I owe.

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      • elaine4queen

        *grins* I’M IN BUSINESS!

        I know. I had a Norwegian boyfriend. He only spent the first few years of his life in Norway, but it was Tromsø, which is right at the top of the known world (honest, look it up, you’d HATE it). His mum said people’d be out doing their garden in the middle of the night.

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        • lucysfootball

          I asked Andreas how people handle it and he said they don’t sleep much in the summer. Um. That would not work for me. He also said there was a relatively high suicide rate. Yes. That makes sense. Too much sun (and then again too much dark in the winter) would tend to lead to some very dark thoughts. I’d imagine either people would be offing themselves or drinking too much. Or the latter, then the former, I suppose.

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  • poetlandia

    I love all of this! So much fun! (Well, not the yell-y it’s too hot people. See? Although I think it would be funny to give them a fake ac repair diploma and let them try to fix it themselves. Or muahahaha send me. I stink at fixing things. I will TOTALLY ruin their air conditioners FOREVER.)

    Also, I’m joining in on Summer of Jest. I’ve never read it, always wanted to.

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    • lucysfootball

      Fun except for working on Saturdays! But I have to make money to HAVE all the fun, so it all works out.

      Yay, I’m so glad you’re joining in! It’s totally workable, because it’s only 11.5 pages a day for the whole summer, which makes a 1,079 page book less daunting. (And I’m loving what I’ve read so far!)

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  • Charleen

    I also have yet to jump on the Doctor Who bandwagon. It’s on my list. (But it’s a long list.)

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  • wordsmith94

    sj is right, Doctor Who IS something you need to do. When you have time, of course, because you won’t have any left once you start.
    And I’m freezing my backside off, taking a break from assignments to read your post, and now I’m just jealous because it’s summer over there and winter over here, and it’s TOO COLD.

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    • lucysfootball

      So since it’s June weather here…it’s, what, December weather there? Brr. I’m sorry. As much as I hate summer, I also hate winter. I’m much more of an in-between season person!

      Doctor Who right after I finish Arrested Development. Only one episode a night, because I have to also catch up on my regular shows I have recorded from the television season I’m behind on. I wonder if I’ll ever catch up on my life?

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      • wordsmith94

        So since it’s June weather here…it’s, what, December weather there? :P That’s Christmas time for us! It’s so weird to think that it’s winter over there for Christmas… My mum is a very much in-between season person as well, so I totally get that. I like autumn the best. Autumnal evenings. Cool, crisp. Jacket weather, I call it. Not too cold, but not hot either.

        I’ve heard Arrested Development is good. Do you recommend it?

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        • lucysfootball

          It makes me laugh that it’s summer for Christmas for you! It doesn’t feel like Christmas unless we have snow on the ground here!

          Ooh, yes, I very much recommend “Arrested Development.” The first three seasons are utterly brilliant (make sure you watch them in order, they build on each other and have a lot of inside jokes) and I’m only a wee bit into the fourth season (it’s only on Netflix right now) and I like it, but am not in love yet. It’s early still, though, and I might fall very much in love. We’ll see. It’s very intelligent, thoughtful humor, not a typical sitcom. I think you’ll like it very much.

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  • Heather

    You seeing JCO is causing ALL THE ENVY.

    Your summer is going to rock!

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    • lucysfootball

      I KNOW! I saw her name on the Skidmore College site and got HUGE EYES. So excited!!! I’ve been reading her since high school and never thought I’d get the chance to see her read!

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  • Kris

    Ooooh, Neil Gaiman!!So envious, except I got to see him 2 years ago during the American Gods 10th anniversary tour. His readings are wonderful and magical, just like his books. ENJOY!!!

    And, good luck with IJ. I just couldn’t do it. I guess I’m not hip or smart enough. *sigh*

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    • lucysfootball

      It’s supposed to be his last US book signing tour. I’m so glad I got a chance to see him.

      It’s not a hip or smart thing. It’s a taste thing. If it’s not your taste, there’s nothing wrong with that. Books aren’t one-size-fits-all! You know that.

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  • Jeff

    Not a big fan of summer, myself. And I live in Texas. Gah!

    I’m almost afraid to watch Under the Dome.

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    • lucysfootball

      Oh, “Under the Dome” will no doubt be terrible, but I’ll still watch it. I’m a sucker for King miniseries/series.

      (I actually kind of like “Haven,” even though I didn’t have high hopes!)

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      • Jeff

        Oh, I know. And I’ll watch it, too. I watched some of Haven, the first season, and it wasn’t bad. But I don’t remember the short story it was supposed to be based on.

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        • lucysfootball

          It’s actually based on one of his books – “The Colorado Kid.” It’s a very short crime novel. They took it in its own direction, which might be why it’s so successful.

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  • Madame Weebles

    You’re not watching Doctor Who??? Honey, that needs to be one of your first priorities this summer. Not if time permits, it’s a MUST. And I love that you’ll get to bring Dumbcat on vacation with you! Does he travel well? None of my cats have traveled well, sadly. Awesome that you’ll visit Le Clown and Sara—my understanding is that his driving is the stuff legends are made of, so if you’re worried about driving there, just let him get behind the wheel. (But you might want to say a few prayers…)

    Oh, and I understand that Neil Gaiman has a calendar on which he’s counting down the days until Lucy’s Football. He’s as giddy as a schoolgirl.

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    • lucysfootball

      This summer! Well, I plan to this summer, if life doesn’t kick my ass like it did last summer. I don’t want to say “DEFINITELY THIS SUMMER!” and then have something catastrophic happen. So I’ll just say, “If all goes well, yes, this summer!” I’m really looking forward to it. All the best people love it!

      Dumbcat travels fairly well. When we drove across the country he slept and purred the whole way. I even let him out of the carrier one day and he just curled up on the floor of the passenger side and slept. I think he liked the car-motion or something. He should be ok, it’s only a 4 hour drive. Fingers crossed!

      I am SO EXCITED about the trip to Montreal! I haven’t been since high school and I remember I liked it very much. And of course meeting Le Clown and Sara will be epic adventuring. (I might want to stay out of the car with him, though. I haven’t had motion sickness since I was young, but if he’s really that bad, it might come roaring back.)

      Ooh, good. I like that Neil’s just as excited to meet me as I am him. Good deal.

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