It's hot. The forecasted high for today in scenic Greer SC is 104. As Matthew Broderick's character in the film "Biloxi Blues" said, "it's Africa hot". I was trying to remember some of the hottest days I've experienced, and there's been a lot of them. I have had the privilege of living in some ridiculously hot locations. Columbia and Charleston SC, and New Orleans LA can all be unbearable during certain parts of the summer. In Charleston and New Orleans the humidity really is worse than the heat.
Many of you who spent lots of time with me know that I prefer heat to cold anytime, so I'm not going to complain too much about temperatures that break 100. When I think about hot days I will always remember a summer day in Columbia when I was a teenager. Me and some of my friends went to the movies, (I think we went to see St.Elmo's Fire) because it was too hot to do anything else. My buddy Bill Verner drove his car. He locked the doors and rolled the windows up when we went in because he had his portable stereo, better known as a boom box, in the back of his Ford Escort. When we came out of the movies it had gotten so hot in his car that the back panel of his boom box was melted. That's how hot it got that day! The funny thing was that the radio part of the boom box still worked because he had batteries in it, but the back was so deformed that you couldn't replace the batteries or plug in the power cord. So, Bill enjoyed the radio on that boom box until the batteries ran out then he had to throw it away.
This is your official warning not to leave anything important locked up in your car this week!
Check back later today or tomorrow for a final update on the Back to School Bash that we are sponsoring this Sunday evening.