The temperature this afternoon in Murrieta was a sunny and warm 28°C/82°F with low 11% humidity and a gentle breeze of 5 mph. Typical San Diego weather for this time of year (early spring). In other words: just about PERFECT. A golden opportunity to pursue a plethora of decadent Afternoon Delights.
I sat myself down, on the patio, for an hour’s reflection with: three fingers of 12-year Glenfiddich Highland Single-malt Scotch Whisky, a C.A.O. Brazilia Gol cigar and a good piece of classic literature—in this case Robert Louis Stevenson’s (1850-1894) New Arabian Nights first published in 1882.
A good old dog (preferably a German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever) would have rounded out the experience nicely—but, alas, the dog probably would have wanted some of my Scotch (or a puff of my cigar). The book would have been safe (because everyone knows a dog can’t read) unless he wanted a chew-toy to occupy his time. I can’t think of a better way to pass an hour or two. Retirement is pretty GREAT.