Friday, July 2, 2010

Not-so-Skinny Dip

I have been thinking about a July 4th weekend 29 years ago. My friend Nancy and I were driving around in my shit-brown Vega hatchback, and it was so hot that we were sticking to the vinyl seats. We stopped at a beach and decided to go swimming in our underwear, justifying it by saying that our bras and panties covered more than most swimming suits. Of course when we got out of the water (no towels), we found that not to be true. 

That same weekend, someone shot a bottle rocket into my eye at a party, and another guy forgot to throw the M80 he lit. My eye recovered eventually, but we never did find the fingers, I think his name was Brad, but after that day, he was only known as "M80." I was traumatized for life after that weekend. I got over the public nakedness issue, but I still cringe every time I hear fireworks go off.

Holidays are important and should be remembered, so now, almost 30 years later, I will make red, white and blue cupcakes. I would traumatize someone else for life if I went swimming in my underwear.

Have a great weekend, and please be safe. Party naked if you dare.

Not-so-Skinny Dip (for steak)
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and grated (or chopped fine if you can't find a grater)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic in olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • a little bit of salt
Put the cucumbers in a paper towel and squeeze out excess water. Mix together and refrigerate. This stuff makes the cheapest grilled steak taste delicious.

Disclaimer: I do not own these recipes. I cook from memory and often adapt things I've seen, tasted, heard about, or read about.

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