Summer has finally arrived in Louisiana. Mostly Cajun gave us the jingle "Eighty By Eight" to describe the change in the seasons, and it's 80 on my back porch right now. 8:00 won't be here for another hour. The humidity is stick at 94% and the projected Wind Chill is supposed to be 112F. In another hour I'm going to hook the trailer to the truck, load the mower and head to the church, where Fred and I are supposed to mow grass.
The weather weenies are calling for stray thunderstorms this afternoon, which makes sense. Lots of convection and lots of humidity, and you get rain.
It is my firm conviction that the man who did the most to advance civilization during the 20th century was a fellow named Willis Carrier. He invented air conditioning. That single invention has done more to sustain life than any other, except maybe the discovery of penicillin. Life in the South existed before air conditioning, but at a much slower pace. Over the years I have spent vast sums to live in a cool house, and I don't consider a penny of that money wasted.