What activities could possibly be more fundamentally "summer" than a relaxing day at the pool or an old-school backyard barbecue? Ever since Homo sapiens first dipped their toes in prehistoric lakes many millennia ago, swimming has been the staple activity during the year's hottest months. And the charcoal briquette? Only the greatest culinary invention since the "Kiss the Cook" apron.
So why not combine these two quintessentially summer pastimes? What could be better than basting yourself like a rotisserie chicken with some Coppertone SPF 0.05 until you're golden brown, then heading home to slather your secret rub on a slab of ribs till that delicious bark caramelizes? What's more enjoyable than that timeless olfactory journey from the aroma of chlorine and subtle notes of coconut oil to the heavenly smoky scent of sizzling fat? Who doesn't want to indulge their prurient impulses, ogling the barely clad flesh of dreamy hunks and nubile lasses, before moving on to a flesh fest of a more comestible variety? From a carnal cornucopia to a carnivore's carnival, we present to you the perfect summer day. (WARNING: Tanning, eating barbecue and just about everything else fun will kill you, so please exercise moderation. Or die young. Your call.) JACK SILVERMAN
Pool + Barbecue