Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Summer in the City

All right, I'm going to date myself here, but do you remember this song by the Lovin' Spoonful? It's called Summer in the City and I remember it clearly. In fact, I remember all the words...

"Hot town,
summer in the city.
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty..."

Why do I ask? Because here in New York, although it's still officially spring, it feels like summer. And I love summer. In a big, big way. I love the way sidewalk vendors come out in force, crowds in Central Park, strappy sandals, short shorts, bronzed skin and sun-lightened hair. I love the beach, Coney Island and margaritas on the rooftop of a friend's apartment building. I love it all.

"...Cool town, evening in the city
Dressing so fine and looking so pretty..."

I realize summer is different everywhere. I've just told you the things I like most about the season, the things I do during the summer months that make me happy.

But what about you?

What do you do in the summer?

What brings you joy?

Please leave me a note here, and at the end of the day I'll choose one person to receive a download of one of my Ellora's Cave titles. Just tell us what you like about summer, what makes you happy about the warm, sultry months.

Thanks for stopping by!



Katie said...

I live in Florida, so my summer is spent going from AC to AC. But I love winter!! Does that count?


Katie said...

PS Your gelato recipe on your blog looks super. I'm going to try that this weekend. Thanks!


Bronwyn Green said...

I remember hearing that song while riding in the backseat of my mom's car with all the windows open in the muggy, summer heat. I remember sticking to the vinyl seat and thinking who would write a song about dirty and gritty. :)

I live in Michigan and it's gorgeous...except when it's humid. Ugh - then it feels like you're breathing through a wet paper towel. But I love spending time with my kids while they're not in school. I also love the huge thunderstorms that roll in off Lake Michigan.

Carly said...

What a great song that one is! I can hear it in my head.

Robin Snodgrass said...

I remember that song fondly. I'm in my 40s and that reminds me of my youngest days. :) So no, you are NOT old!

In the summer, not a lot changes in my life - I still work a full time job, and read when I have time, and visit friends and family. I'm not a beach person, so I don't go to the ocean for a vacation. I visit the mountains as often as possible because I love hiking and the beautiful flora and fauna found there. I'm lucky to live near the Smoky Mountains so it's one of my favorite things to do.

nina nash said...

It is so good to know I'm not alone in remembering this song! *G*

Thank you all for sharing thoughts about summer with us. It really is such a perfect time of the year, isn't it?

I put everyone's name in a hat this morning and pulled out one winner of my impromptu contest. Congratulations, Carly, you've won a download of any of my books. Please contact me at
and let me know which title you'd like, and in what format, and I'll send it right out to you.

Have a great day, everyone! And thanks for stopping by!