(Posted by guest blogger Valerie Strauss)
The greater Washington area is supposed to be a region of highly creative people, but come August, the whines are always the same:
"It's so hot."
"It's sooooo miserable outside."
"It's so disgusting that I don't know why I live here."
If that is your particular complaint, then I don't know either. It has been some time-- say hundreds of years--that people have noticed it is hot here during the summer.
It's not news, though television stations and newspapers cover the heat as if it was. We get tips on staying cool (as if they aren't self-evident). We get examples of exactly how hot it is; I can't wait to see a T-bone grilled on the Capitol steps. My personal favorites are the charming images of people opening fire hydrants to cool off, which wastes water and creates a potential fire hazard.
It does seem practical to warn the rationally challenged about leaving living things in closed spaces without access to air, though one presumes that someone who would do that might ignore the warnings anyway.
There is one thing we can immediately do about our interaction with weather: Stop whining.
It's hot, but we knew it would be. It's hot, but plenty of places are hotter. It's hot, but it won't be for long. So let's change the subject.
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