Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Warm Thoughts


Maybe it's just me. I was walking near the ice skating rink yesterday afternoon and I saw a man and a woman, who looked to be in their mid to late 30's, jogging and they had on light gray matching sweatpants with a white stripe down the side. They both had on white Nike running sneakers that looked a lot like the pair I just bought two weeks ago and white sweat socks (really ankle socks) like the kind I wear with my shorts in the summer. The operative word here is summer but, it's not summer... it's definitely winter. The temperature here yesterday was 23 degrees and the wind chill made it feel like 17 degrees. It was "chilly-wop" as my frat brothers and I used to say back in the 80's. They both had on (again) matching white tank tops! No scarves, no scull caps, nothing... and they were just jogging, looking at each other, and smiling. It was quite obvious that they were in love. The matching clothes was a dead give away and so were the knowing looks, the Clark Gable and Janet Leigh like smiles they gave each other, and the perfect refusal to realize that it's the dead of winter. They were in love or crazy or both... it was hard to tell. Just watching them, I was ready to break out into song, joined of course by everybody in their cars and all who happened to be walking down the street.

I kept walking and when I got to the corner, this man who was old enough to be my father drove up in a very, very expensive and fly Alfa Romero with the top down! The top was down and his hair was blowing in the wind! He had a bluetooth on and was chatting away with somebody, probably a woman. I mean who else could make you throw care and caution (not to mention heat) to the wind like that? He had on a funky leather jacket like the one Marlon Brando wore in the "Wild One", some Aviator shades, and had Jay-Z playing on his I-pod mount. Okay, he was white and old enough to be my father... What does he know about Jigga? Mid-life crisis... talking to a young woman... she might even be Black and I'm thinking all of these things just by what I see. I'm no better than the check out guy Sunday, who saw my Hungry Man TV dinners and surmised that I was recently divorced.

After he pulled off, I wondered if maybe I was so cold because I was thinking about it. You know, maybe this was a mind over matter thing. These folks obviously had their mind on something other than the weather so, maybe if I had some warm thoughts, I wouldn't have been out there shivering. So, I took my coat off, took my scarf off, took my scully off, and walked from one block to the next and wouldn't you know that the wind would start blowing. I felt a bone-chilling cold that shook me so hard my ancestors came from out of the grave and began yelling at me, "BOY is you out of your mind? PUT YO COAT, SCARF, AND HAT BACK ON AND ACT LIKE YOU GOT SOME SENSE!" I did as I was told... after all, you don't want 1000 years of bad karma.

Not only did I put all of that back on but, I ducked into the nearest deli I could find and ordered some hot soup. I rubbed my hands together and thought some warm thoughts. I was still cold... better to think those warm thoughts inside where it's warm. As for those other people, I ain't mad at 'em... I just wish I had some of what they had before they came outside.

24 comments:

Kofi Bofah said...

First.

OK. Back to reading now.

Kofi Bofah said...

Hmph.

I wish I could see 15-20 degrees these past couple of days. it has been snowing up here almost daily.

Try -5. Try -30 degree wind chills.

I sometimes pretend that I am in Florida to get through it.

And do they still make Alfa Romeo?

Dude must have been old school - because I thought they discontinued those years ago.

Angel said...

Keith you know what, as I was reading this I saw a man walk by in a vest its winter here too!!!!!!!!!! I just laughed so hard what a coincidence.

Keith said...

@Kofi-He was old school and loaded.
he hadfparts of this car custom made.

Toni said...

Another humorous post! I love it.

Angie B. said...

Warm Thoughts and a Happy Holiday to you too Keith.

Sunflower said...

Think Warm Thoughts keith, but do keep your coat and scarf on!lolol

James Perkins said...

LMAO! Funny Post!

Simon Bastion said...

You never fail to entertain!

Lisa said...

LMAO-love it ,love it, love it...
You are too funny sometimes...Your
Ancestors came from the grave to tell you to "act like you got some sense" -Priceless!

Vanessa said...

You took your coat off, just because they did?? Lololol..No Need
for you to be cold ,just because they weren't....lolololol..That's too funny.

Jazzy said...

Think Warm thoughts brother and stay out of the cold..That aint for you..You know that.-lololol.

Grover Tha Playboy said...

Them old dudes do be having some fly cars...Dude probably was loaded,like you say..With that kind of money, he can ride any way he wants to.

Keith said...

@-Grover-lololol- I know that's right.I aint even mad at him.

Halo said...

Funny Stuff Keith!

Swaggie said...

This was funny as hell...Your ancestors bruh? That was hillarious!

Tate 2 said...

Man, I hate Winter and it freaks me out too when it's bone cold and people are walking around with nothing on...makes me even colder.
Lololol, funny post.

Keith said...

Winter is my least favorite season!

Opinionated Diva said...

Love makes people do the darndest things...that dressing alike thing really made me gag! lol

Pajnstl said...

popped in to say Merry Christmas :)

karrie b. said...

just wanted to wish you a merry christmas. get drunk and unruly and shit.

-kb

CurvyGurl said...

Merry Christmas, Keith!

Mizrepresent said...

Oh, you got it Keith back at home...but i hear ya...love, the holiday is in the air...despite the recession an all the bad, we know how to have and witness good times! My best to you on this Christmas Eve...oh yeah i'm sipping on a little something, listening to the best of the best and reminiscing...i can't help it, but also forseeing a beautiful and bright future! Happy Holidays Keith to you and yours!

R. Fitzgerald said...

I knew I could come here for a good read. Thanks for the laugh and smiles.




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