Photo shows an ice sculpture in the shape of an ice cream cone. I feel cooler already just looking at it.
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Heard recently that someone’s brains got so fried in the heat that she went and fried an egg on her patio, complete with a non-stick pan. Methinks it would’ve cooked faster if she’d ditched the pan and fried the egg directly on the sidewalk. Then there was that report of some dude who actually fried an egg on his car’s dashboard. Whut?!
All around me, my city is imploding. The sun’s rays raze mercilessly down sending waves of heat up from the sidewalk; soon, they will crack, together with the tempers of most people. “Sunscreen and shades will keep you cool,” advise the dermatologists, but shades stick to the face in beads of sweat and sunscreen melts away.
In my home office, the curtains are drawn, the electric fan is on high. But the air emanating from the blades is as warm as my breath and discomfort is far from assuaged. Writing in the nude is out of the question and overrated – not that I’ve ever tried it – and besides, a visitor might come storming in. I glance at the condensation that’s formed at the foot of my drinking glass: somewhere in this just-liquefied puddle is my creativity. It’s melted, along with the heat.
I love summer. I think. But the heat that’s inherent to it stunts my intelligence and stifles my appetite, believe it or not. I’m already gulping down gallons of water; soon, I’ll be swallowing ice cubes whole. When I eat, I make salads with a very acidic vinaigrette – the tang tames heat’s effect on me. Lunch the other day: chicken sinigang; the late food writer Doreen Fernandez was right – sour soups do cool one down. Another time, I enjoy my favorite milkshake, my cold drink favorite which is the counterpart to hot chocolate, my favorite (hot) drink in the world. But I don’t want to think about the heat right now.
So tell me: What Are You Doing and Eating To Beat the Heat?