And so it is that summer 2013 is nearly in the books — the lovely Ai Shinozaki, bikini muse for the last few Wednesdays, bids us goodbye. Is that a tear of sadness at her parting? On our part, sure — she has served well. Ai herself is probably not crying too much simply because she does not know what The Smoking Jacket is, but we are sure that in some cosmic way she feels the pain of parting. Like when a man in Boise stubs his toe and his twin brother in Nashville says “Ow!” Yeah, probably like that.
We say summer is ending, even though it isn’t — not officially. Summer doesn’t end until September 21, according to our Farmer’s Almanac, but really — once you’ve grilled and beer-ed your way through Labor Day weekend, the fact that there are technically three more weeks of Summer has no bearing on your reality. Nobody heads out for a “summer” road trip in early September. It’s over, bub.
But at least you had these days in the sun, frolicking on the hot sand with smokin’ Japanese babes like Ai Shinozaki, Anri Sugihara and Mai Nishida. At least you had that. That is nothing to sneeze at. (Fun fact: Sneezing is illegal in Japan.)
Once more unto the beach, dear Ai Shinozaki, once more.