Jun 14, 2010

The Sunset Ramble

So Gia and I have a new favorite habit. Something to help us unwind on Friday evenings after a long week of dealing with humanity and each other. We make sure we are both done with our respective days by around 5:30PM  or so, and we retire to the patio out back for some cool tunes and even cooler brews. Gia sets up the iPod with an interesting playlist. I let her do it, because...well, she's a whole lot cooler than I could ever hope to be. Then we sit by the harbor and just...exist. It's pretty sweet.

We call it...the Sunset Ramble.

The foot is mine.  The Mini belongs to Gia.  The Lincoln to a neighbor.

Named in honor of one of Gia's hero, Levon Helm - who runs his own Midnight Ramble at his joint in Woodstock just about every Friday night - all that is needed for the Sunset Ramble is your own place and time, some good tunes and the cold beverage of your choice.  This past Friday, we went with a selection of The Band (naturally), Tom Waits (a current favorite), Amy Winehouse, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Loudon Wainwright III, Nina Simone, Steely Dan, The Andrew Sisters, Adele, Stevie Wonder, Marah, Kings of Leon and many, many, many others.  Our beverages of choice were a couple of canned beers named Hell or High Watermelon and Dale's Pale Ale.  Canned beer just seemed to naturally go along with the whole white-trash vibe we were going with.


So why don't you join us one of these Friday night?

Um, I don't mean that you should actually come over to our house and drink our beer.  That would be weird.  And a little rude.  No, I mean that you should set up your own Sunset Ramble with your own loved ones.  Play some of your own music...stuff that you are really into.  Serve some of your own beverages...alcoholic or otherwise.  Invite some friends, or just hang with your honey.  Or by yourself.  The Sunset Ramble has no rules or restrictions.

Except your own.  And feel free to break those at any time.  It's the Sunset Ramble, bitches!

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17 comments:

RW said...

Can't say much for Gia's taste in men, but her car quotient is superlative!

Tell her I did a MINIwave just now, unless she's one of the newer owners who don't do that anymore... sigh...

B.E. Earl said...

RW - This is her second Mini, and yeah...she does the MINIwave. We have a ton of them in our neck of the woods too. And I agree, her taste in men is just awful. ::MINIwave::

savannah said...

count us in, sugar! this friday will find us having our own sunset ramble! of course, given that we're expecting afternoon heat index temps of 105 and higher every day for the rest of this week, we'll be doing our rambling inside! xoxoxoxox

Water Logged Canine said...

I like this. Immensely.

Slyde said...

its always feet with you....

B.E. Earl said...

Savannah - Your ramble, your rules. Indoors works for me!

Doggie - As an official "rambler", I knew you would.

Slyde - It's always feet with you...

sybil law said...

So I can't come to your house and hang out with you and Gia?! Damn. That hurts, man.

Heff said...

Little too feckin' hot 'round these parts for a sunset ramble right now, but I'll keep it in mind for fall.

Suzi Q said...

Sounds heavenly. I'm gonna take you up on that offer!

B.E. Earl said...

Sybil - Maybe some day when we aren't as anti-social as we are now.

Heff - But you could do your ramble in Donna's pool... ;)

SuziQ - It's a nice way to unwind...

Water Logged Canine said...

Tryin' t' make a livin' and doin' the best I can.

B.E. Earl said...

Doggie - Ah, yes...he was the Rambo-ling man, wasn't he? :)

Mrs. Hall said...

we sort of have this, after the kids go to bed. there's booze and a movie usually.

;)

Badger said...

Sure beats the shit out of a quart of Jack Daniels and Coke and Rammstein. I may try it.

B.E. Earl said...

Holly - These are a few of my favorite things... ;)

Badger - Jack's okay. This NYer prefers his Tennessee cousin George, as in Dickel.

Mrs. Hall said...

yeah. tonight we begin the love that is True Blood!

awesome!

Bruce said...

Way ahead of you on this account, my wife (Sue) and I are blessed with something in our neighborhood that almost no one in the southwest has. A front porch and the view of an immense park across the street. (most homes in Arizona a crackbox affairs with large garages that front the house, which looks out at other ticky tack houses with similar yawning garages).

Through evolution, we have come to refer to it as the 'Therapy Porch'. After a long day of dealing with morons, we usually get our glass of wine and my martini and sit out on the porch and just veg, talk, and let the stress of the day drift away......best and cheapest therapy we have ever had.