Beat Diaspora: Beats, Buses, Bricks

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Heat Waves

The mercury kept climbing and summer doesn't even start until next week. I'm out of Boston for the foreseeable future and have moved to the muggier confines of the mid-Atlantic. On the train heading north last week, I saw hydrants wrenched open in East Baltimore, the classic cooling strategy on scorched city streets. The Johns Hopkins Medical Complex looms over the blocks and blocks of row houses in that part of the city, a citadel of air conditioning towering above the sweltering fields of asphalt.

In D.C., they kept turning on the hydrants till they bled the taps dry. "Quander-Collins said some residents complained that as soon as WASA employees arrived to close a hydrant, neighbors would return and open it again. Deborah Boseman of the 900 block of Barnaby St. SE had been without water for almost six hours. 'This doesn't make any sense,' she said."

The heat makes you do crazy things.

/rupture's got an early mix of the summer candidate, but damned if I don't keep coming back to La Ola de Calor from last year. Summer is all about memories anyway, right?

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At 6/20/2008 6:17 AM, Blogger Gabriel Heatwave said...

hey greg, funnily enough just came on your blog to say hi as my emails to you always seem to bounce, and then spotted this post, which is nice! anyway yeah just trying to email you, seems to be a problem with your harvard address? i'm on

gabriel - the heatwave


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