It’s that time of the year when Summer’s hanging around, making you nostalgic for last week. You’re back from vacation and cover sheets on the TPS reports have you cursing Lumbergh. You need to relax, and when the sun hasn’t heated the pool quite to your liking, if you’re with the right crew, there’s usually another, bubblier option.
A few months ago, we dipped your toe into the cool waters of our id, and we thought we would follow up on Vital Pool Scenes with a slightly warmer Late-summer Night’s Dream.
With the fall and winter season quickly approaching, it’s time to cover up the pool, crank up the heat, hop in the tub, and try to feel the Bern. Here’s some thought-fodder in case your ruminations run dry while pinballing between the pool, the cooler, and the cauldron of girl soup.
Hot Tub scenes in culture and life are complex, and while the waters above may appear calm, below the surface there is a frenzy of activity.
If Bill Shakespeare’s soul is in the sky, ours marinates in the jacuzzi…
Coming to America
Tough to beat the classic 80’s move of the in-apartment jacuzzi. Roo! Roo! Roo!
Why it matters: This gave us all something to which we could aspire that was almost within reach. Because none of us would ever A) have bathers, or B) get to have sex with them.
The San Fernando Valley is a more than a 17 year old piece of Gold. We owe Jack Horner a debt of gratitude for making the Valley a hot spot, even if for pornography. Sexy: apparently not dead.
Why it matters: We got to see a Mark Wahlberg rock a prosthetic, which was quite breathtaking. Also, reinvention. Something Mr. Reynolds has nailed in his career. Take some notes.
Dumb & Dumber
Where’s Freda Felcher when you need her? One of the few people that could to get between these two.
Why it matters: The amount of material here is staggering. Jim Carey’s chipped tooth: real. Jeff Daniels proved his love of craft and a place in our heart: he received $50k for the role compared to Jim Carey’s $7M, fresh off of Ace Ventura.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
John Hughes set the standard for decades of romanticized hookey-playing. Bizarrely, it was never clarified in the movie that Sloane, Ferris, and Cameron broke into this house to swim. The upside: unexplained Sloane Peterson negligee.
Why it matters: Now a national holiday on June 5th. Only took ‘em 31 years. Abe Froman: not impressed.
SNL: The “Ha-tub” at the Welshly Arms
Hilarious. Weird. Awesome. Ferrell makes his 3rd appearance in this series, eclipsing Carey’s 2. This is the time of the summer when we usually crave spiced meats, and at California Cowboy, we are known for our shanks.
Why it matters: The DNA of hipster hotels in Ojai and Joshua Tree is 100% traceable back to the Welshly Arms. This is one sketch where it’s hard to blame Fallon for one of his infamous mid-skit-bed-wetting for which he became so widely know.