July 26th, 2004

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Madda fack, mang. It's 4 AM and I'm not tired. I have to be at work in four hours.

Yes, I knew at the beginning of this extended weekend when I chose to adopt this schedule that this would happen.

Still sucks though.

Nah, scratch that. It doesn't suck now. It will suck in the morning and for all of tomorrow, probably.

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Every summer it's the same thing here in Kansas. Starting around the last week of June and continuing through the first week or two of September, give or take a week, we get a nonstop barrage of days that are 98+ degrees with the sun pounding down. No relief. The thick, oppressive heat is almost tangible; you almost choke on it. The slow, meandering approach of Fall is an extremely welcome change by the time October rolls around.

That's why I figure the cold front that came through here around Thursday or Friday must be an incredibly strong one. Cities in the area have been setting new records for the lowest high temperatures with highs in the mid to upper 70s. The nights have been too cold for shorts. Last night I zipped around in the Miata with the top down for a while and the cool, fresh air was invigorating and refreshing. It's like the lazy, motionless heat that bakes us all summer closes our eyes and makes us lethargic, like a lizard seeking respite from the sun under a rock in the desert. Only when the cooler temperatures prevail do we feel refreshed again, energized, awakened, like I felt last night and have felt for the past few days.

But that usually happens in September or October, not late July. We should be right smack in the middle of the days where the wind feels like a hair dryer or a blast furnace and even the nights are too hot and humid to walk without breaking a sweat. So in addition to my impromptu four day weekend, the weather has also provided me with a bit of a vacation from the usual summer pattern. What a nice oasis it has been.

x-posted to wichitalife.
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In case you can't read the details (this is a proof of the mailer that will be going out next week):

MODERN ART, COCKTAILS, & HORS D'OEUVRES

august 14, 2004 7pm - 10pm

hosted by:
HARRIS & CO FRAME SHOP
original art brokerage
316 263 2323

JOSH DUTCHER
color photography
wichita, kansas

BILL NYE
traditional oils
wichita, kansas

CODY KISER
abstract acrylics
minneapolis, minnesota


Harris Frame shop is at 915 w. douglas (that's on the back of the mailer; we didn't forget it.)

Cody is an old friend of mine and his work is outstanding.  I don't know Bill, but I'm pretty sure he's not the science guy.  I'm told his work is also very good.  Come out and check out the show.  Buy a print.  :-)