Our daughter Faith and I had a busy day on Sunday. In honor of her birthday, we planned to “hike” a bit of a Rail Trail near Northampton, Massachusetts, play a round of mini-golf and then find a place that served beer and food.
The temperature climbed over 90°f (32°c) well before noon, and it was quite humid. We walked about 2 ½ miles (about 4 km) before turning around and heading for our car. Of course, the walk back was hotter than the walk out. As we approached the parking lot, Faith suggested that we find the beer/food before mini-golf.
We drove to the Northampton Brewery where we were delighted to find that parking is free on Sundays in the municipal lot across the street from the brewery. As we entered the brewery, the hostess greeted us with:
“Table for two? Would you prefer outside on the deck or inside?”
Outside? On the 92° deck? In the sun? Where my beer will get warm? Where the tartar sauce on my fish sandwich will spoil before I get to the third bite? Where I will use my napkin to wipe my forehead instead of my mouth? Where the waitress will be crankypants because we made her walk across the hot rooftop? Where the humidity will wilt our nachos to the point that they can’t support the already rancid sour cream? Where the ketchup on my onion rings is going to create a picture reminiscent of Salvador Dalí’s clocks? Where the ice in our water glass will melt and the glass will sweat and drip all over me?
In the air-conditioned dining room?
Now that you’ve had the news and weather, I can report the sports. Faith and I were tied after the first nine holes of mini-golf. I pulled ahead at the beginning of the back nine. Then, on the 14th hole, Faith sunk a hole-in-one. I got into one of those back-and-forth-across-the-cup battles and left with a five. Then I promptly put my first putt on 16 into the marble chips for no gain and a penalty stroke.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. And, given the time of the year, it’s also part of Just-Jot-January. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.