Summer has officially arrived, evidenced by scorching temperatures and the ubiquitous appearance of seersucker and linen suits. When you’re a man of leisure, beating the heat can prove to be difficult, especially if you’re south of the Mason-Dixon, as so many leisurely activities tend to take place in the out of doors.
That’s why we at English Laundry have mocked up a list of summertime ideas for both indoor and outdoor enjoyment. Whether you want to chill with the A/C on high, or, for those of us who are lucky enough to live somewhere temperate, head outside, we’ve got an activity for you!
Inimitable author Ernest Hemingway once said, "The Sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats.” In this quote, he is attempting to explain man’s innate attraction to the ocean—why or how we maintain the ancient wonder that keeps us drawn to bodies of water in our boats.
Likewise, if you’re going to be outside in the summer, you may as well be in close proximity to a lake, river or ocean. That way, if you feel the desire, you can take a dip and cool off when the sun becomes too oppressive.
Of course, the best way to enjoy a boat is being on one of your own. If you aren’t currently “with-vessel,” our best advice would be to find someone who is and buddy up to them quick.
2. Drink a Fine Cocktail
There’s nothing quite like kicking back with a fine beverage especially if you’re in the aforementioned boat (granted you’re not the operator, of course). We think that having a drink in the summertime is best enjoyed in the backyard, under a patch of shade, and with meat on the grill, but there’s nothing wrong with an indoor cocktail hour either.
Even though most folks will be quick to grab a margarita or frosty lager, some of our favorite summer cocktails actually feature bourbon or whiskey. And don’t worry, you don’t have to be a mixologist to make you’re very own high quality cocktail, just a few classic ingredients, ice and the desire to have a very good day.
3. Enjoy a Cigar
The cigar is another hallmark of old school masculinity and there’s nothing like getting together with a few old buddies on the back porch and lighting up some stogies. Getting into the world of cigars can seem daunting, especially when you walk into that cigar store humidor for the first time, which often leaves a man flummoxed. Many of us have only smoked cigars at celebrations and seldom smoke recreationally. There’s no need to worry as there are guides out there that can help initiate even the most novice smoker into the world of fine tobacco.
Golf might be the best sport for when you’ve perhaps imbibed just a bit too much or smoked one too many cigars the night before. It’s the ultimate leisure sport—drive a cart to each hole, smack a ball around here and there and maybe enjoy a Bloody Mary or spiked Arnold Palmer while you’re at it. The only issue can be those early morning tee times.
But once you get out on the links, all of that melts away, especially when you hit that perfect drive or sink that beauty of a birdie putt. Of course, if you’re like us, you’re usually playing from the rough, but, hey, no one said it was going to be easy!
5. Read A Novel
Somehow, and only very recently, being well read and a consummate consumer of literature made you less manly. We’re here to ardently dispute that. There are plenty of sites that will explain to you exactly what it means to be a “well-read man” but they’re woefully lacking in certain areas. Although, if you skipped those intro to English literature or philosophy classes, lists like these might be a good place to start your literary journey.
If you’ve already read all of the classics, then go ahead and dive into some light summer reading. Or, you could go the route of Seattle Seahawks’ defensive end Michael Bennett and buy every landmark novel on social or feminist theory published in the last thirty years or so. The choice is yours.
Summer is a great time to get caught up on doing nothing at all. Whether you’re gearing up for a long weekend or just unwinding after a long day at the office, we at English Laundry want to make sure you’re doing it with as much style as possible.