Sum­mer Swel­ter

Riverbank News - - PERSPECTIVE - Marg Jack­son is ed­i­tor of The Escalon Times, The Oak­dale Leader and The River­bank News. She may be reached at mjack­son@oak­dale­ or by call­ing 847-3021. MARG JACK­SON

Is it hot enough for you?

That seems like a re­ally silly ques­tion … I think it is too hot for all of us. And even yet, as we swel­ter through a late sum­mer heat wave, I think bet­ter to be able to find some air con­di­tion­ing and drink plenty of wa­ter than be del­uged with Hur­ri­cane Har­vey and suf­fer through its af­ter­math. Plenty of Tex­ans would gladly trade places with us so I guess we have noth­ing to com­plain about.

It has been heart­warm­ing to see the re­sponse to Texas, though, with dona­tions and as­sis­tance pour­ing in from around the coun­try. Good to know we can still can pull to­gether when it mat­ters.

My mind is lit­er­ally a jum­ble of thoughts, with ev­ery­thing hap­pen­ing so fast this past cou­ple of weeks; the hur­ri­cane, the chang­ing of the cal­en­dar to yet an­other month as 2017 zips by, the con­tin­ued threat that is North Korea, hor­ri­ble air qual­ity due to heat and wild­fires, the im­pend­ing start of the NFL reg­u­lar sea­son. It’s a mix of the se­ri­ous, the triv­ial and the how im­por­tant is it to the big pic­ture? kind of thoughts.

And I al­most for­got; it was a hol­i­day week­end.

La­bor Day … the ‘ un­of­fi­cial’ end of sum­mer. The long week­end prob­a­bly saw many of you get­ting out of town for one fi­nal fling, a sum­mer trip to camp and hike, take in an amuse­ment park, maybe hit the ocean (along with 50,000 of your clos­est Cen­tral Val­ley friends look­ing for a re­prieve from the heat) or just hide out in the a/c and not worry about work for a few days.

Hol­i­days, which seem to fall con­ve­niently on a Mon­day through most of the year – Thanks­giv­ing, Christ­mas and Easter ex­cepted – al­ways mean our dead­lines for the pa­per change as well, with ev­ery­thing due a bit sooner. That’s be­cause the of­fice it­self is closed on Mon­day for the hol­i­day but rest as­sured your news staff re­mains on the job, writ­ing like crazy on Mon­day be­cause all three of our pa­pers will go to press on Tues­day and they have to be ready to go early. Nor­mally, River­bank prints on Mon­day night, Escalon and Oak­dale on Tues­day nights, with all hit­ting the news­stands on Wed­nes­days. On Mon­day hol­i­day weeks, all three go to press on Tues­days so we have to have them done sooner to ac­count for one more pa­per hav­ing to be printed. Not that you care, but now you know.

So Mon­day hol­i­days for news peo­ple, at least in our of­fice, are not re­ally hol­i­days. The of­fice is just qui­eter and pretty empty.

It has been a lit­tle over a month since I have been back from va­ca­tion but I still keep checking the weather info for Rich­mondville, where my par­ents live. My sis­ter is vis­it­ing now; we sort of tag teamed vis­it­ing all our up­state NY fam­ily and friends this sum­mer. So while we were at 111 de­grees the other day, their high for the day was 64. Their HIGH tem­per­a­ture for a late Au­gust day was cooler than our overnight LOW. Some­thing is just not right. Maybe it was the eclipse. Just throw­ing that out there as a pos­si­bil­ity, not bas­ing it on sci­en­tific fact.

They did have a warmer win­ter last year than nor­mal with be­low av­er­age snow­fall, while their sum­mer has been cooler than nor­mal with a fair amount of rain. I am en­vi­ous, watch­ing the fore­cast for clouds, rain and high tem­per­a­tures barely reach­ing the mid-70s for them this week. We should drop down into the up­per 90s. That would prob­a­bly feel nice and cool, af­ter what we’ve seen lately.

For now, the best ad­vice I can of­fer is to stay hy­drated and don’t overdo it. Septem­ber is bound to bring us cooler weather, some­where along the line. Right?

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