Ciao: Summertime and the living is easy

BILL KLAUBER

I had a call from my friend Harvey a day or two ago inviting us to visit him on the Maryland shore for a couple of weeks.

“Thanks,” I told him, “but right now we are just too busy.”

“Too busy? This is the summer and I thought there wasn’t much going on in Naples during the summer. After all, it is supposed to be the off season,” he said.

“Well,” I said, “if you mean that compared to the winter months streets aren’t as crowded, the traffic is lighter and the best of restaurants welcome you with open arms and open doors, then you’re right. But if you mean that there isn’t as much to do, I can assure you that there is a lot going on around here.

“Good weather and great ambience do not go north for the summer,” I continued. “Actually the summer has many advantages for those of us who stick around.”

“Stick around. That’s just it. You’ll be sticking around for sure with all that heat. You’ll be stuck together like with glue.”

“And in Washington you won’t be suffering from the suffocating heat you have up there, not to mention the humidity?” I said. “I have spent enough summers in D.C. and I well remember my suffering with and through the heat and humidity for days and weeks on end.”

“Yes, but in D.C. there is always something going on and there is always air conditioning,” he countered.

“Sure and the streets are air conditioned just as they are paved with gold,” I told him. “I wouldn’t trade that for our summertime in Naples where the weather can be breezy and the living is always easy.”

“What do you mean easy?”

“Well, for example, in summertime, tee times are readily available and the beaches are wide open. And restaurant reservations also are readily available, even if not necessary.

“Not only do the restaurants welcome you, but they offer all sorts of special inducements,” I continued. “Even the best offer reduced prices, half price drinks, two-for-one dinners, and complimentary wine. And you can leave your coat and tie at home.”

“OK, I’ll buy that,” Harvey said. “But don’t you miss all of the summertime activity here in D.C.?”

“Well we have the Philharmonic Center with a variety of attractions even though it is mostly dark in the summer. But there still is plenty going on, no matter what you may enjoy.

“For example, last week we went to a performance of ‘The Mikado’ on Sunday at the Community School’s cozy theater and then on Friday we went to the opening night of ‘42nd Street’ at the comfy Sugden Theater’s Blackburn Hall. Talk about two musicals that couldn’t be more different except that they both were great.”

“But how about the festivities on July 4th?” he asked me. “Didn’t you miss being up here for that? I know you always enjoyed going to the Mall for the Fourth of July concert and the fireworks display.”

“Well, Harvey, the Fourth of July is not just a D.C. holiday. It is something special here, too. In the morning we attended a really good ‘hometown’ parade, proudly waving our flags just like in a Norman Rockwell drawing.”

“Don’t tell me you didn’t miss going down to the Mall for the fireworks and concert?”

“Not really,” I said. “We watched fireworks while sitting on the beach next to the pier and sipping on a drink. It was far more relaxing than being in the Fourth of July crowds at the Mall and we didn’t have any traffic or parking problems either. And with no traffic problems we got home in plenty of time to watch all of the fireworks and music from Washington as well as from New York and Boston on TV.

“Why would we trade that for summertime in Washington, D.C., where the weather is sticky and the atmosphere is icky — and the nearest ocean beach is four or five hours away? In fact, I am on my way to the beach now. So thanks for the invitation. We’ll get back to you in a few days.”

“Forget my invitation. Why would you leave Naples?”

“That’s what we’ve been telling you. Naples is paradise even in the summer and on July 4,” I concluded.

“I’m sold. Do you think I should make my plane reservations now for next year’s Fourth of July?”

“Yes and your hotel reservations, too.”

Ciao!

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