Of course, summer is hot. It's always hot. But we've had some intense dry-heat hot for days now. The sun, she is a'blazing. I mowed the yard yesterday at 7 p.m., and it was still strapping on a heat lamp. Just as I finished, my pal Esther called to give me details of her recent delivery. I don't think I've talked to her since Christmas when she announced she was pregnant. We watched "House" over a late dinner and toyed about with our new exercise tool, a giant inflatable ball. Yes, it does help you work the torso while using weights, but it's much more fun to recreate the Raiders of the Lost Ark boulder by rolling it at the cats.
Picture of the Day
You know that horrible Wayans film about a tiny jewel thief who disguises himself as a baby to recover a diamond from someone's house? Doesn't that sound really familiar? It's from an old Bugs Bunny cartoon.
I hope the cartoon folks get some royalties for that.
In the News
The new plan seems to involve Israel bombing Lebanon for another week followed by Condi Rice strolling in to play peacemaker. Israel is taking it's onw lumps for "disproportionate" force and killing as many civilans as Hezbollah militants. White House press secretary showed his ass to senior press corps member Helen Thomas by denying the U.S. vetoed a Qatar-backed U.N. resolutiuon against Isreal. He then thanked her for "the Hezbollah view" when she asked when the violence might end. I respected his credentials when he took the job, and I thought he could add a polish unseen since Ari Fleischer quit. But that's an asshole move, and he ought to apologize. The administration has tripped over itself since Israel began the attacks. Yesterday, Bush tried a casual back rub on new German chancellor Angela Merckel, and she immediately shrugged him off. This is what high-school boys do; it's a cheap grope. Christ, this guy's a loser.