Writer’s Block: It’s Sum, Sum Summertime

writers-blockby Corinne Wnek

One of the great things about living in New Jersey is that we get to experience the four seasons. Unlike some people I know, I don’t live for any one season, except maybe when I was working in education. Then, I lived for summer.

But I admit that two weeks of ninety degree plus temperatures have me yearning for the old snow shovel. So, being the optimist that I am, I found a way to make lemonade out of the weather lemons we have been handed. Here’s my positive spin on how to make the summer heat work for you.

First, we can all say bye-bye to dieting. With the soaring temperatures, counting calories is no longer necessary. Just go stand outside in the sun and humidity for about twenty minutes and by the time you get back into the house, you will have dropped some pounds. Guaranteed.

Next, the heat wave gives reluctant cooks a foolproof excuse for keeping away from the stove: It’s too hot to cook. Who’s going to argue with that? Forget the grill, too. Who wants to stand outside in this heat just to watch hot dogs cook as fast as you? Already I’m hearing, “Honey, where should we order from tonight?”

Now because it is too damn hot to travel to the shore to sit on a beach, many of us will stay home. When we stay home, we use less gas. When we use less gas, prices drop. See? We save money, stay cool and help our fellow consumer win the war at the pumps.

Air conditioner on the fritz? You’re in luck. It’s still cooler in your house than outside. And that pool in your yard will come in handy only if you feel like taking a warm bath. It’s time to get out those old movies to watch in the comfort of your air-conditioned home. Better yet, bring back family conversation and just talk to each other because that is definitely cool.

Oh yeah. We’re having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave.

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