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Summers in the South are always warm yet often unpredictable. Some are blazing, burning, horribly hot. Others are mild, they pass into Fall with little fanfare. This one is what I call a slow summer; it seemed to ramp itself up out of nowhere and now, barely halfway through, it’s just hot. Constantly hot. 99 degrees with high humidity hot. I am officially over this season and ready for Autumn.



Being as such, I give you a fun list of things to do in the sweltering heat of July and August:

  1. Sweat. A lot. Outside. Inside. Early in the morning. Late in the afternoon. Better drink plenty of water (before it evaporates).
  2. Stay inside all day pretending it’s snowing outside. Yankees have cabin fever. We develop something similar. It’s really not that bad out there but one gets so comfortable in the air-conditioning. Then, stepping outside, it feels so much worse than it really is. Or, maybe it is. ???
  3. Do the fun less than half an hour drive, midday, and get all wet down your back with a profuse sweat because the car AC can’t cope. It will be running ice-cold just in time for you to get out at your destination.
  4. Loss weight. This one is fun and positive. I always drop pounds in the Summer. You? I just don’t feel like eating anything – especially anything warmer than ice cream.
  5. Ponder how the pioneers and the old-timers did it without AC.
  6. Call the AC repairman and/or the electric company to find out why the unit crashed in the middle of the hottest day on record.
  7. Write a blog post complaining about how hot it is.
  8. Melt. Or catch on fire – your choice.
  9. Search weather.com for northern cities or mountain locations to see how much cooler they have it at the moment. They do it too; the jealousy usually turns around mid-January.
  10. Know it’s hot. Feel that it’s hot. Then, inexplicably, go out at 3 p.m. for a jog or a few fun hours with the lawn mower. This is a rite of passage, especially for men. A time to show “we still got it”. Whatever “it” is is a mystery. Amnesia, maybe?
  11. Have a mild heat stroke and forget to stop with ten things to do in the heat…

Fall, where are you?