Okay, I am NOT going to post anything about how hot it's been lately, because you'd have to be living in a movie theater in Nome, Alaska not to have either experienced this misery firsthand, or read about it online, or watched ongoing coverage of it on the numerous ADD cable news channels that purport to keep us informed. All I'm going to say about this heat is that it resulted in a very peculiar symptom for me. That is, I watched the beginning of an old MacGyver rerun in which MacGyver attempts to befriend a motley troup of teen gang leaders stranded in the wilderness by ... baking them brownies in a rock oven.
I'm not joking. Now, had it not been so hot, I wouldn't have been prostrate on the couch, sweating from even my fingernails, and I may have missed this pinnacle of entertainment.
Today there was a domestic disturbance across the street which resulted in a visit from a Man in Blue. It was an incredibly unsettling verbal and physical altercation between our new wheelchair-bound neighbor and his teenage son, culminating in the son shouting at his father, "F*ck you, punk-ass bitch!" before running off behind the house.
Who needs Jerry Springer? Just come over to my house. We'll put some lawn chairs out front and I'll make popcorn. No, actually, maybe I just need to bake that kid some brownies in a rock oven. That'll settle him down. MacGyver knew, man.
Honestly, it's like living next to an active volcano.
In other news, our driveway is almost finished, an adorable family of baby finches (brood #2 for the season!) has hatched in one of the hanging baskets on our porch, I'm making progress on the revisions, and if you missed Amy Sedaris & her tumbling routine on The Colbert Report last night, you missed a good chuckle. I'm almost finished with Melissa Bank's The Wonder Spot, and now thanks to Jen Weiner's blog, I have discovered Jonathan Tropper.
Like I need any more ways to procrastinate on writing the difficult new scenes.
Speaking of which, I need to return to the muse before she calls me a punk-ass bitch and runs off behind the house.
UPDATED TO ADD: I have to put in a plug for fellow writer Diana Peterfreund, whose debut novel Secret Society Girl launches today... how exciting is that? Diana is an awesome, talented, and hard-working gal. She coordinated the Stiletto contest the year I entered and has said very kind things about Riding with Larry Resnick on her blog. Let's help this woman reach the top of the bestseller lists. Go, buy, read, enjoy! Off to order my copies.