All things must come to an end and so, while I enjoy my Sunday morning cup of coffee and watch an episode of "Stella", I shall finish my Summertime Requisites with a compilation of things that can't be filed under the previous categories. These are the final pieces of the summer survival puzzle.
Bullfrog Sunblock I've had some pretty bad sunburns in the past, mostly because of sunblock defiance. See, I hate, hate, hate sunblock, but it a necessity for me if I intend to spend more than 5 minutes outdoors. And Bullfrog gel is worth the premium pricing. It's not greasy at all and, shortly after initially spraying it on, you forget you're even wearing it.
Corn The Indians called it maize. Boiled, grilled, fried, popped - I call it the best summertime food ever.
Reef flip-flops Picture it: St. Maarten, 2004. I'm down there getting my groove back and suddenly I realize that I don't have appropriate beach footwear. Surprisingly, the stores down there provided few options, so I splurged on a pair of Reefs. They were so comfortable that I haven't looked back since. I'm currently shopping for this summer's pair and found a style that I like (see picture). Unfortunately, the color that I've become smitten with - "tobacco" - has been discontinued. Damn anti-smoking zealots.
Bocce set Forget horse racing and that loser Big Brown. This is truly the sport of kings. Laid-back, lazy kings.
Fudgesicles Ain't nothin' wrong with that.
Kelsyus beach chair and canopy Sure, it looks kind of dorky, but I credit this chair - in conjunction with the Bullfrog gel - with my not developing melanoma within the last few years.
Hulu Okay, this should've been filed under Summertime TV, but I plumb forgot about it. Free streaming episodes of "NewsRadio," "The Office," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "30 Rock," "The Simpsons," "Arrested Development," and much more - including movies ("The Jerk"!) - provide an embarrassment of riches. Awesome.
Baseball Our fine city's minor league team is abandoning us at the end of the season, but at least we still have the Petersburg Generals.
Fireworks "Stand back while I celebrate freedom!"
Cheap Sunglasses Heed ZZ Top's advice. Why pay good money for a pair that you'll just either lose or break? But I beg that you don't wear those oversize ones. Chances are, you don't live in Del Boca Vista, so don't try to look like you do.