On Top of the City

Every home has its own pleasures. Maybe you've got a cozy den, a kitchen window looking out on birds and palms, a tiled shower with perfect water pressure. Me, I've got brick steps, the perfect place to loll and sip beer and watch Tallahassee traffic roll past.

Remember when people would add neon light bars under the cars and trucks to give them a colored underglow? Yeah, some folks still do that. I know. I see them. I see it all on nights like tonight might pan out to be. Teenage boys singing show tunes. SUVs full of tiara-topped bachlelorettes (where do they go to make complete idiots of themselves in a town with no gay bars and no strip clubs?). Restaurant workers walking home, dreaming of taking off their shoes and polyester button down shirts. Hipsters on bikes. Old men on bikes. Once, a full sized Dodge van loaded into the back of a dump truck.

I intend to go home from work, put dinner in the fridge, clean out the cat box, change into my bdu britches, crack open a Pabst, and take up my post on the stoop. Hey, if you're out and about and haven't got anywhere to be, stop on by and say howdy. It's that kind of night.


B.E. Earl said...

Damn. I'm looking forward a few months toward warm nights and cold PBRs. Right now it's inside drinkin' for me. Getting a little snow tonight and a big storm on Thursday. Yikes!

Enjoy your night! Sounds like a good one to me.

downtown guy said...

Well, it'll get chilly later, but nothing a hoody won't deal with easily. No snow, that's for damn sure!

Ms. Moon said...

Lunch was so fun and your evening sounds perfectly divine. Enjoy that good sunset.

downtown guy said...

Lunch was great! I love getting to see y'all during the day. Now, to go home and be a happy guy.

Petit fleur said...

Awwe, makes me wish we didn't live so far away... I remember hanging out on my grandma's stoop in the evening. All the neighbors did and then we'd all meander and visit.

Good times.


Laura Lee said...

that sounds divine!
I have a couple fave memories of a beer enjoyed in the sunlight, one by a public fountain and another on my apartment stairwell in the early afternoon sun... Times like these, brother!

Sarcastic Bastard said...

I would enjoy nothing more than to sit with you, brother.

I love you so!

downtown guy said...

PF: If you were in town, you'd always be welcome.

LL: Enjoying a beer in the sun is what separates us from the animals.

SB: Then why ain't ya here?

Benjamin said...

You've got me missing the fact that I don't have a porch or patio on which to just enjoy sitting outside. Sure, there are public and communal areas, even in my apartment complex, but that's not the same as sitting outside while still feeling entirely at home. Had it at my parents' house not that many years ago. Miss it.