Like Living In An Oven

Well, it’s around 5:30 pm here in Rich­mond, and it’s still 100° out­side. I haven’t been post­ing much at all here or even to Flickr in the past few weeks. I wish I had a good excuse, but for right now, I’m just going to say that it’s because my brain is melt­ing.

I’ve been suf­fer­ing from some low­er back prob­lems for sev­er­al months now, and the pain is get­ting bad enough that I’m look­ing for just about any­thing to help. I’m not big on tak­ing heavy med­ica­tion for that sort of thing (odd, giv­en my wife’s cho­sen pro­fes­sion, huh?). I do have a great doc­tor, but even he was at a bit of a loss as to where the pain was com­ing from. He ruled out spinal prob­lems as the root cause, which is good. How­ev­er, he rec­om­mend­ed see­ing a phys­i­cal ther­a­pist, which I have yet to do but plan to begin see­ing one. In the mean­time, I’ve been going to a week­ly yoga class. It’s actu­al­ly a pret­ty tough work­out; all about bal­ance and focus. Sounds easy, and the peo­ple who do yoga make it look easy enough. How­ev­er, when you start try­ing to extend your arms out in front of you while stick­ing one let straight back behind you and bal­ance on one foot all while remain­ing still and breath­ing slow­ing… well, it’s pret­ty tough, let me tell you.

I have been run­ning, although not near­ly as often as I did this time last year. Again, it’s hot as hell here and I real­ly got burned out on run­ning so much about a month pri­or to last year’s marathon. I’ve been just try­ing to main­tain a fair lev­el of endurance while also work­ing on my speed and strength. I’ve been doing some hill work­outs on Thurs­days after work, although I near­ly threw-up from the heat last week. After read­ing the arti­cle in this mon­th’s Run­ner’s World on a young man who died of heat-relat­ed stress last sum­mer over in Char­lottesville, I’m going to pay spe­cial atten­tion to not get­ting sick or dying out in the heat. I hope all of my friends and fam­i­ly out there be sure and look after them­selves in this heat as well; it can be remark­ably bru­tal on your body to exert your­self in it for very long.

On a relat­ed note, even though I tell peo­ple to save a few bucks on their ener­gy bills by keep­ing the ther­mome­ter at 75° in the sum­mer, make sure you’re not keep­ing it too high, there, cheap­skate. None of this envi­ron­men­tal stuff is worth cook­ing your brain over. A good idea is to get an elec­tron­ic timer ther­mo­stat that will let the place warm up when you’re not around and cool it back down around the time you arrive home.

Well, our air con­di­tion­ing is out cur­rent­ly and the high today is sup­posed to be 104° (with­out fac­tor­ing the heat index in, which is more like 119° – no, seri­ous­ly). Our biggest con­cern is the dogs, who don’t have cushy air-con­di­tioned jobs. We’ve tried to get them board­ed for the day, but no one had room. Cur­rent­ly, their doing their best under a ceil­ing fan in the most shad­ed part of the house. Ange­la’s going to try and check in on them at mid-day.

August 3rd Forecast


Global Warming Likely Causing More Heat Waves, Scientists Say

Glob­al warm­ing has loaded the dice in favor of heat waves and may be to blame for the scorch­ing weath­er across much of the Unit­ed States and Europe this sum­mer, accord­ing to sev­er­al of the world’s lead­ing cli­mate sci­en­tists.

Glob­al warm­ing has loaded the dice in favor of heat waves and may be to blame for the scorch­ing weath­er across much of the Unit­ed States and Europe this sum­mer, accord­ing to sev­er­al of the world’s lead­ing cli­mate sci­en­tists.

EA Wants a Ticket for the Wii Train

When the Nin­ten­do Wii launch­es lat­er this year, it will be the least expen­sive so-called “next-gen­er­a­tion” con­sole on the mar­ket. While it may not have next-gen specs, one thing it lacks could be one of its biggest sell­ing points: the next-gen price.

When the Nin­ten­do Wii launch­es lat­er this year, it will be the least expen­sive so-called “next-gen­er­a­tion” con­sole on the mar­ket. While it may not have next-gen specs, one thing it lacks could be one of its biggest sell­ing points: the next-gen price.

Nashville May Grow Up With a 1,057-Ft Tower

With approval for a redesigned high-rise in its pock­et, the devel­op­er of what may become Nashville’s tallest build­ing and the tallest tow­er in the U.S. out­side Chica­go and New York City, is mov­ing full-steam ahead.

With approval for a redesigned high-rise in its pock­et, the devel­op­er of what may become Nashville’s tallest build­ing and the tallest tow­er in the U.S. out­side Chica­go and New York City, is mov­ing full-steam ahead.