Here in Minnesota, the world could very well end this weekend. That’s certainly the impression one gets by watching and listening to the local news. And what is this chataclismic event that is about to descend on this state of tough Scandanavian-stocked people? Hot weather. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s the middle of summer and there’s a heat wave, and the temp may reach…shock…gulp….100 this afternoon. And the local stations are providing live coverage and state agencies are issuing health warnings, and smart people are heading to one of our 10,000 lakes! Actually, I don’t think we’re at risk from the heat, but the hype might sure do us in! What a nutty nutty place!!! And of course this heat will last for 2 or 3 days, then the media will tell us how we only survived because they were there telling us to drink water.
And in 2 weeks, I’ll be back in Beijing where the heat and humidity will make this weekend here seem like a Siberian cold front!