Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Just Another July

Fires rage in California while excessive heat warnings blanket Southern Nevada. Just for good measure, we have a weekly story about kids being left in hot cars. Seven kids to be exact. What does all this mean? Simple.

It's summer.

Nothing more, nothing less. No need to get excited, no need to get outraged. Wasted emotions, both. I'll go out on a limb and say there hasn't been a summer without burning brush. As far as the temperatures go, it gets hot in the summer. TV stations are rolling out their advice pieces for beating the beat. (My favorite; Stay inside!). Though it hasn't happened yet, I'd bet dollars to donuts that the east coast will be blanketed in a killer heatwave before the end of August. Over/under on heat deaths: 5. This will be followed by people looking to assign blame, even though people have died from the heat every year the planet has been around. It's as unpleasant as it is certain. If these events didn't occur, then we'd all have reason to be concerned. Still, we'll hear nonsense about global warming, foolishness about how the economy is keeping people from turning on their air conditioning (hence leading to their death), and useless reminders about what damage the heat can do if we lock children/animals inside a hot car. With all that's going on, I don't need a calendar to tell me that it's July.

Just tell me why if the economy is so bad, why did I have to wait an hour at Outback Steakhouse last week?

One more question: Has there ever been a time when intelligence has counted for less than it does now? Talk amongst yourselves, please.

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