Thank god for halogen bulbs and sealed lead acid batteries because I am steadily morphing into a Creature of the Night (dammit, Janet!). The mercury right now is perched at a precarious 102 F and with the H.I. added to the rest, that should make it...what, 110-115? That's like riding in a crock pot!! It doesn't begin to cool down until shortly before dark and then THEY emerge...these hordes of little miniscule beetles. I swear, if they get in your eyes they must pi$$ acid or something, it hurts that badly. And it's not just the eyes, but the ears, the nose--the CLEAVAGE! AARRRRGGHHH. An entymologist at SIU, Carbondale informed me that they were a type of rove beetle --a beneficial species--but the reality of 25+ bugs per square inch of sweating human skin fails to evoke beneficial feelings on my part!! This, combined with the added insult of road oil that is cooking its way to the surface and spattering all over my coolmax (any home remedies for getting that crap out, folks?), has driven me to the Other Hours!!! I will have to change my username to "Possumbane".
Sorry about this raving...must be the heat. And to think this is only the first of August.