A/C kaput; scaredy-Katniss’ fear of fans briefly makes her a literal hot dog

When I came home from work today it was so warm in our house that I thought it could possibly be on fire. My first thought: Grab Katniss and get the hell out. If you’re wondering, my wife wasn’t home at the time, so that’s why my first thought wasn’t “Find your wife.” Fortunately the house was not on fire; our air conditioner was blowing out warm air, though. Even if you’ve never been to Texas in August, you could probably guess that it’s hotter than the devil’s hair dryer here. I have been worrying all summer that the A/C … Continue reading A/C kaput; scaredy-Katniss’ fear of fans briefly makes her a literal hot dog

Austin’s homeless, and their dogs, bake in summer heat

If you live here in Austin, or in any city of decent size for that matter, you’ve likely seen them recently. Hot. Thirsty. Sweaty. Exhausted. Hopeless? I have a major soft spot for two groups of people: the homeless and veterans, and unfortunately the two too often describe the same person. Summer has to be a rougher time than usual for our city’s homeless, as there seems to be no escape for them from the oppressive Texas heat. Temperatures often hit or come close to 100 degrees here in Central Texas, and although most of us can duck inside our … Continue reading Austin’s homeless, and their dogs, bake in summer heat