Reasons Your Backyard Is the Best Place to Be This Summer
Picture this: a cold beer sweating into your palm, the smell of burgers sizzling on your grill, and sunshine on your face. You’re surrounded by people whose company you actually enjoy. Even your mom is there, and she brought potato salad.
This isn’t a dream, this is summer in your backyard -- otherwise known as the best place to be from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Here’s why:
Because it’s the best place for a nap outsideWhen you fall asleep at the beach, someone kicks sand in your face. In your backyard, you can set up your hammock in the ideal sunny or shady spot, and no one is going to bother you.
Because you like everyone at the barNo more hobnobbing with aggro dudes in an overpriced, overcrowded drinking hole! You’ve got sunshine, grass, and a cooler full of beer to share with your best pals. Bonus: you can order pizza without trying to hide it from the bartender.
Because you’re a regularNo matter your status at your local bar, in your backyard everybody knows your name. Except that friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend who asked you whose party this was.
Because you’ve put some sweat into itIf you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, then you’ve probably spent several summer weekends swinging a hammer, pulling weeds, or pushing a lawn mower under a blistering hot sun. Sure, the upkeep can be tiring, but that’s one of the reasons why that bite of a burger at the first barbecue of the season is so satisfying.
Because you can be a gluttonBecause if you go out to eat and consume three bratwursts and a burger, you’re going to get some strange looks from the waitstaff (not to mention a pretty pricey check). In your backyard, consuming so much barbecued meat that you pass out in a lawn chair is perfectly acceptable.
Because you can’t take Mom’s potato salad to the barNo one makes it quite like Mom, and barbecue just isn’t the same without it.
Because you won’t be charged $5 for waterIf you head to an outdoor concert, or a food truck festival, or an amusement park, you’re normally going to have to shell out some dough so you don’t dehydrate, which is just sort of cruel and unusual.
Because clothing is optionalThe backyard is just an extension of your living room, so if you want to go skinny dipping, or sunbathe naked, no one is going to call the cops. Just make sure you’ve got a fence -- and sunscreen!
Because there’s no trafficHave you ever tried to drive to the Jersey Shore on a Saturday morning? The Garden State Parkway is at a standstill, full of minivans packed with beach toys and Honda Civics with underbody lights. No thanks, I’d rather just take 10 steps to the backyard.
Because there’s no sand in your beerDrinking on the beach is great, but there are few things worse than the feeling of sand in your mouth.
Because your dog doesn’t need to be on a leashThere are few things more depressing than the look on Fido’s face when you get to the park and can’t let him run free. In the backyard, he can play fetch totally unencumbered, like a dog should be.
One great thing about grilling in your own domain: you’re the keeper of the cooler. Only true friends get to share your Miller Lite.