Out of absolutely nowhere, the warm weather blew into and through my hometown of Conshohocken, rudely shoved onward by a thrust of genuinely hot weather directly behind it. Today was a blistering 96 degrees outside, easily the hottest day of the year thus far. And since I'm a waiter at a restaurant that features an very popular outdoor seating section, it's the hot days like this that are particularly evident to me.

This summer, we'll find ourselves in some of the hottest areas of the country, during the hottest time of the year. While I have difficulty getting out of the house during the winter, I can't imagine it'll be much easier when it's 108 degrees out with not a cloud in the sky. I expect this to be the case during our visit to Texas, where we'll spend five days and nights in the beginning of August, and where I'm fairly certain that camping is near impossible. It actually sounds a little dangerous.

But we can be thankful that between the three of us, we've assembled an impressive, yet realistic list of good people from our lives who have either agreed to put us up for a night, or who we're planning to ask to put us up. Kimmy here (with the three of us creeping in the background) lived on the same floor as Joey and me in Smith Hall during our freshman year of college. For old times' sake, we'll be crashing into Kimmy's personal space and making her go out on a Thursday night. Just like the good ol' days, only this time we're bringing Sarah, and she has work the next day instead of a 9:00 a.m. economics class.

It's all in the spirit of friendship, love, and most importantly, keeping us out of the elements when they're too extreme. Think of it as your good deed for the week.
And now that this post is written, I expect I'll be referring several of these good people to this post in the future, if only to give warning... we're on our way. Free up your outlets, because we need all of them.


(From top) Photo by Joe Jansen; photo by Megan Yuppa

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