It's about that time of year again when summer's coming to an end and you can finally stop worrying about how your thighs look like in your Levi cutoffs and the sweat that might be lining your upper lip. Soon, cool breezes will be wafting the smell of steaming-hot dog piss off the streets of New York and being hungover in the train station won't automatically mean that you're going to throw up from the putrid scents that have been marinating below the sidewalk.
And even though I can't wait for it to cool down, I will miss all the good things that come with summer. Particularly, escaping the city and the long drives to the beach while inaudibly blaring Beat Happening through busted-out speakers, and the hilarity that ensues as my friends yell at each other when we get lost on the BQE. I'll miss being able to blame my greasy bangs, 4-day pony tails, and my sweaty back on the sweltering heat that makes me too lazy to do keep up with my own cleanliness. There's also the "it's too hot outside to even leave the apartment" excuse when I just want to be a hermit for five days in a row that I'll miss. And of course, there's the "I'm blowing all my money because I just want to have fun while I still can and not think of anybody but myself" logic that I won't be able to use anymore.
Which reminds me, I've got to come up with some new weather-based excuses for Fall.
But most importantly, I'm sad to say goodbye to rooftop barbecues and getting day drunk in the sun. I won't miss when I accidentally take a swig of gin from a mysterious water bottle that's left over in my backpack from park parties that have filled my Sundays. But anyway, as a goodbye to sweet, sweet summertime, I'm saying farewell and metaphorically smashing this grilled cheese up against a yacht to bid adieu to a summer that has surely had its ups and downs. And what better way to send off this season than with a grilled cheese that encapsulates the sweetness, the burn, and the crispiness that came along with these last few months. Sweet and smokey barbecue, hot and spicy pickled jalapenos, , and rich and creamy caramelized onion cheese that's all grilled between a smashed hamburger bun is what it's all about. So yeah, peace out summaaaa time.