The Heat Is On!

The heat is on – and man is it on.

Record high temperatures are being recorded everywhere – and not just by a smidgen but 5 to 7 degrees Farenheit. And there is enough humidity to make sweltering a good state to return to. The figure below shows the heat index postings across the nation as of 3 PM PDT in Seattle.

If the cicadas were still around in large numbers the roar would no doubt be deafening. In their absence, we’ll play a little Glenn Frye.

Glenn Frye – The Heat Is On

Enjoy the day. Stay cool.

Play it loud. Play it proud.

Bessemer has nothing on us.

The devil made me do it.

Only Six Months Until Christmas

Only six months. Nur noch sechs Monate bis Weihnachten. Dann keine ungezogene Liste mehr. Gott sei Dank dafür.

Six more months of being good (mostly). And guys, that means three more shopping days before all those presents must be under the tree. For now, we enjoy barbecues in the back yard and wish for cooler weather.

On the topic of cooler weather, it was 118 F in Siberia last week and that is above the Arctic Circle. Stranger and stranger this thing called weather.

The current forecast calls for temperatures of 115 F in Portland, Oregon and something above 100 F in Seattle.

Sei brav. And no humbuggery. I know, I know – the world is going to hell or at least it feels like that.

Six more months.

Cruising Cicada Launches Into Slipstream at 65 MPH

While driving on the interstate yesterday I noticed a cicada on my rear view mirror. Don’t know how it got there but was super impressed that it was hanging on at 65 MPH.

My guess is that the cicada must have been inside the mirror. That it could climb out and hang on for as long as it did was amazing. BUT, there is always a but in there somewhere, but when the wind caught it, it launched going from 65 MPH to zero in short order.

Anyway, it was a unique experience. This year we have had many unique experiences with Brood X.

You Will Love This Taste Bud Tingling Lasagna Meatloaf

I made a lasagna meatloaf. It was fun to build and a real treat to eat. I posted a set of process photos on Instagram and am trying a link here as a way to share that. If you want to make a lasagna meatloaf, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Mark:: Process photos and videos | Instagram

The full recipe may be found here on

Recipe:: Bacon Lasagna |

Come hardy. Come hungry.