We're cutting across the open water to the steady growl of a Coast Guard boat's twin engines. The heat index is somewhere between 100 and 1,000 degrees. Sure, you could cook an egg on the deck, but in this heat who'd want to?
It's probably not stretching the point to call "The Simpsons" a distillery of all things pop culture. After all, what other show has managed to work in comedic references to Tennessee Williams, Ayn Rand, Alfred Hitchcock, "The Great Escape" and bombastic Broadway musicals, all in one episode ("A Streetcar Named Marge")?
I can't remember the last picnic I went on. I mean one of those classic old-fashioned picnics where you take a blanket and a hamper, a cooler, maybe, or a thermos, and drive out to the countryside and sit down peacefully in a lovely field of wild flowers, alone with nature, and ... have a picnic.