Here’s how to ring in the summer season in H Town.
by Warner Roberts
It’s here—I know it, you know it, everyone knows it. It’s summer! So, what are you gonna do about it? Belly ache, bitch, complain, curse, whine, whimper, sweat, spit?
WHY NOT SING?
“Hot Stuff,” Donna Summer; “Drop it Like it’s Hot,” Snoop Dog; “Hot in Herre,” Nelly; “Hot Blooded,” Foreigner; “Hot N Cold,” Katy Perry; “Hot Legs,” Rod Stewart; “Hot Child in the City,” Billy Idol; “Heat of the Night,” Phil Collins; “Heat Wave, “Martha and The Vandellas.
OR PULL UP A MOVIE.
Hot to Trot; Hot Shots; Hot Pursuit; Hot Dog; Some Like it Hot; Hot Tub Time Machine; Hot Fuzz; The Hot Chick; The Hot Rock; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Wet Hot American Summer; Hot Rod; Hot Wheels; The Long, Hot Summer; Too Hot to Handle.
OR DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR SOMEBODY!
Clean that closet you’ve been meaning to get to for months. Take what you don’t need to: Bluebird Circle; Dress for Success; Houston Children’s Charity Closet; The Mission of Yahweh homeless shelter for women and children; Open Door Mission for Men; The Salvation Army.
THERE ARE SO MANY WONDERFUL, EXCITING THINGS TO DO IN HOUSTON, BUT…HERE ARE A FEW THINGS ON MY LIST:
1. I want to try the canoe ride around the city.
2. There are parts of the zoo I intend to see.
3. I want to spend a day touring all the Houston parks.
4. I’m probably the only person that has not been in the tunnels downtown…shame on me.
DO YOUR SUMMER READING.
It’s not just for school kids mandated to read every summer. Recently, at a ladies luncheon, I asked a table of friends what they were reading this summer and got some great suggestions:
“Right now, The Partner by John Grisham,” Grace Givens told me. And she has just finished A Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb and ordered two of Fannie Flagg’s books, I Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven and I Still Dream About You.
I was happy to hear that because Fannie is a friend of mine. The late public relations wiz, Jonni Hartman Rogers, introduced us in Los Angeles, and what an absolute delight she is—so warm, witty and wise. I hosted a dinner party for her at the Four Seasons downtown and invited Paul Hope, the accomplished Alley Theatre actor and the director of Bayou City Musicals, to surprise her with a reading from her first best-selling book, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Now I am reading Fannie’s latest book, The Whole Town’s Talking. She’s at her best as she tells us what it means to be truly alive.
Joyce Frassinito is reading Niv by Graham Lord, the authorized biography of David Niven. I began to talk about “the meaning of life,” and she mentioned this passage from Niven’s book: “He always gave more to it than he got back and expected everyone to do the same.”
MY MAIN FOCUS THIS SUMMER is…
A new luncheon fund-raising event for The Mission of Yahweh: Women of Substance, which will star Barbara Taylor Bradford, one of the best-selling authors of all time who wrote A Woman of Substance, which has sold 30 million copies in 90 countries. A friend of Paul-David Van Atta, the well-known event planner, Barbara will attend this premier event on November 3 at the River Oaks Country Club, which will honor 12 Houston Woman of Substance. For tickets, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you done something good for somebody today?