My mind went immediately to this when I saw the prompt. You know me.
And, of course, as I was listening to that, my mind immediately turned to the pride of Seattle, Washington.
Jimi Hendrix is generally thought of as the greatest guitar player ever to strap on a Fender Stratocaster. At least that was the impression I got. In high school, guitar players worshipped Hendrix. My personal guitar hero was Terry Kath of Chicago, but you knew that.
Turns out, Terry was Jimi’s favorite, too.
Anyway, these are the Dog Days of Summer, about which the Blogger’s Best Friend tells us
The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star Sirius, which Greek and Roman astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. They are now taken to be the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
I guess the Southern Hemisphere, including South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand doesn’t have the Dog Days, because right now it’s winter in that part of the world. I know people in Australia, and they’re surfing right now. I understand that the further inland you go, the colder it gets.
This is uually the part of summer when it gets, to quote one of my nephews (Dylan, age 7, as I recall), “hotter than the hinges of Hell,” but so far it’s been quite pleasant here. As I write this Wednesday aftenoon, here are the conditions.
By the end of the week, naturally, it’ll be in the 90’s and the weather will be “hazy, hot, and humid, with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms.” That’s when we stay in and hibernate. Most people do that in winter, but not us.
We always wonder what people did before 1902, when Willis Carrier invented the first electric air conditioner. Grandma Holton didn’t have air conditioning and used to claim that there was a “lovely breeze” off the lake, which she was half a mile away from. By the time it got to her place, it had heated up considerably and it was more like a scirocco.
I remmber when I was in high school it couldn’t get hot enough for me. What was wrong with me?
Smog, as you know, is a portmanteau for “smoke” and “fog.” John Coleman, who did the weather in Chicago for a long time, came up with “smaze,” a combination of “smoke” and “haze.” He also came up with “snain” for rain mixed with snow.
Anyway, stay cool.