27 June 2013

Today was the first really hot day of summer in Los Angeles and it’s going to be pretty brutal over the next several days. 

As I’ve written before, I don’t have air conditioning and I’m already dreading the next few days where I have to position myself directly in front of the fan. Sometimes I have to escape to a movie theater or mall.  It’s not that I don’t want air conditioning, but I live in an old Spanish-style building that doesn’t accommodate it.

As the thermometer rises, the song Santana’s song “Smooth” inevitably pops into my head... “Man its a hot one Like seven inches from the midday sun...”

Though this came out in February, I only saw this “Funny Or Die” video this week and it makes me laugh every time I watch it. I’ve known Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas for 15 years now and he cracks me up. He’s really funny in this clip—and in real life— and he and the other guys in the band bring the funny (OK, I totally hate that phrase) in this clip.

But back to the heat. Last week, I gave to a program in Austin, Texas that provides fans for senior citizens. Today, I’m picking an even hotter city, Phoenix. The Phoenix Rescue Mission runs a Code Red Summer Heat Relief Program. Every Thursday, in conjunction with KUPD, the Mission collects water donated by listeners to distribute to the homeless since dehydration is such a serious problem when the mercury rises. 
The Phoenix Rescue Mission has an excellent overall website that has great pointers on how to help the homeless year-round, no matter where you live. But it’s during the extremes, winter and summer, that the homeless need our help the most. 

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