next couple of days the temperature in North Texas, where
I live/love/laugh, will be hovering right at 100 degree mark,
with a humidity factor of about a zillion-and-a-half. This
climactic situation is normal for this area of the world
this time of year and is also why we Texans
offer sacrifice to Lennox, Trane and Carrier... the Shadrach,
Meshach and Abednego of HVAC.
(FYI, those three Biblical characters are famous for being
cast into a furnace and emerging unscathed. So if there's
a better name for an HVAC company I don't know what is.)
Unpleasant though the environment may currently be I'll
be spending the 3rd and 4th swatting mosquitoes and listening
to the pleasantly harmonic refrains of the Grammy-winning
"atomic polka band" Brave Combo before, after and, with
any luck, during the fireworks display in two different locales.
What? You say you've never heard of Brave Combo? Then check
this out, the best hokey-pokey number
ever to escape a bandstand. The accompanying animation ain't
so hot so just close your eyes and mentally stick your foot
This holiday appearance is the band's first easily-accessible
4th of July gig in many years. The last time was in Burleson,
Texas, where the good citizens of that town, along with a
couple of Dallas vagrants, assembled at the local
field and boogied long into the evening, dancing barefoot
in the long, cool summer grass. It was a magical night....
as long as you forget the near two-hour traffic jam that
occurred at the impossibly narrow exit.
I wish you could all be with us
this weekend but I'm sure you have other plans. Whatever they may be I hope
they're equally as magical.