For­get Pol­i­tics, Sum­mer’s Heat Is Now And Real

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - OPINION - May­lon Rice Po­lit­i­cally Lo­cal MAY­LON RICE IS A FOR­MER JOUR­NAL­IST WHO WORKED FOR SEV­ERAL NORTH­WEST ARKANSAS PUB­LI­CA­TIONS. HE CAN BE REACHED VIA EMAIL AT MAYLONTRICE@YA­HOO.COM. THE OPIN­IONS EX­PRESSED ARE THOSE OF THE AU­THOR.

It’s barely June and time to beat the un­usual heat, so here’s 50 ways to do it.

I’ll suf­fer no shame in drop­ping the pol­i­tics from this col­umn this week.

It is just too darn hot to get peo­ple all worked up.

And it is way too early in June to be so hot, with all of July, Au­gust and the first part of Septem­ber left to en­dure.

Hot, as in the out­side tem­per­a­tures, not po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sions, is what I am writ­ing about.

Read­ers tell me they like this kind of break from world-shak­ing af­fairs.

So en­joy this list and try to stay cool this sum­mer:

(1) Don’t lose your cool at oth­ers.

(2) Keep your cool — all the time.

(3) Rise early and en­joy the cool, pre-dawn time.

(4) Run through that yard sprin­kler. Act like you are 5-years-old again.

(5) Eat a re­ally big vanilla ice cream cone.

(6) Crunch up some big ice cubes — now chow down on the re­sult.

(7) Seek the shade of a re­ally old tree

(8) Wear seer­sucker (if you got it). Li­nen if you dare.

(9) Catch a breeze and stay with it.

(10) Chill a big wa­ter­melon, an Arkansas Black Di­a­mond, and then dive right in for the de­li­cious icy treat.

(11) Now, eat an­other big ice cream cone – make this one choco­late.

(12) Walk far out into the open spa­ces late at night – look up at the stars.

(13) Turn up the ceil­ing fan to high.

(14) Read, Po­lar Ex­press and other weather ti­tled tomes.

(15) Cube up a big can­taloupe. Set it in the fridge. Eat it later. Yum. Yum.

(16) Pour yourself a big glass of sweet tea. Let it set till it is in­deed ice cold and the glass is sweat­ing. Now it is ready. So are you.

(17) Dive into the mid­dle of a big, juicy Key Lime Pie.

(18) Drink a big old RC Cola, if you can find one. If not choose a brand and fla­vor new to you.

(19) A cold fruit salad sounds re­ally nice. Maybe a big wedge of tomato on the side will be just as good.

(20) Break out the loose-fit­ting Hawai­ian shirts or the big T-shirts.

(21) Toss away those hot shoes — san­dals are in.

(22) Take short naps in the heat of the day.

(23) Re­mem­ber the deep and frigid win­ter snows.

(24) Ba­nana pud­ding sure sounds good.

(25) Start your Christ­mas card list.

(26) Soak those tired feet in cool wa­ter, toss in an ice cube or two.

(27) Break out the Tal­cum pow­der for those itchy spots.

(28) Eat a whole juicy Johnson County peach with the juice run­ning down your chin.

(29) Wear that big floppy brimmed hat – ev­ery­where.

(30) Al­ways re­mem­ber – it is hot­ter down in Fort Smith and Lit­tle Rock.

(31) Read the mag­a­zines first. Bills, look at them later.

(32) Re­tire to the pub­lic li­brary. It’s al­ways cool in there.

(33) Turn off the TV and turn on the jazz mu­sic. Now crank up the vol­ume.

(34) Pick the gui­tar. If you don’t, pick, then lis­ten to some­one who does.

(35) Have a cold one. A real, icy cold one.

(36) Fan yourself with a hand-held fan — if you can find one. If not any old mag­a­zine or even a pa­per plate will do.

(37) Re-tell an old joke that makes folks laugh. In fact, laugh­ter can, we all know abate the heat.

(38) Eat cold fried chicken. (39) En­cour­age the neigh­bors to crank some home­made ice cream — you will sure help eat it.

(40) Wear a smile. That al­ways cools down some folks.

(41) Run out into those short sum­mer rains. Let it soak you down.

(42) Go to the area pools and lo­cal Aquatic parks.

(43) Drive way out in the coun­try with the win­dows down.

(44) Eat a spoon­ful of lo­cal honey. Sweet and cool.

(45) Make you a big tomato sand­wich, mayo, white bread and a big, red juicy cen­ter of tomato.

(46) Ar­rive at the of­fice a lit­tle late. Leave a lit­tle early.

(47) Es­chew socks, men — when you can. Hose are out — even knee highs for the gals.

(48) Soak down that mid-sized hand towel. Drape it around the back of your neck.

(49) Get a re­ally short hair­cut. Feel the breeze you were miss­ing

(50) And lastly, just chill out. Win­ter will be here soon. I prom­ise.

And pol­i­tics will be back soon.

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