I wish I could explain this opening line that one hears just about every day, twenty times a day, in the South once summer comes along. But for those of you who are NOT from the South or live here in the South, but are experiencing some pretty blistering hot weather these days, there’s a good chance you are hearing this question. So here are a couple of typical responses you can use:
He: Hot enough for you?
You: Hooeey! (Which is Southern for, “Heck, yeah!”)
She: Hot enough for you?
You: Does a wild bear poop in the woods? (The old “answer a question with a question” gambit.)
So if you were outside enjoying hot 4th of July activities, you might’ve missed my “4 for the 4th” post over at The Muffin. I decided to toss out a few short ideas I’ve been thinking about because it was too hot for ruminating on a long idea. I’d be interested if you have any thoughts to share on any or all topics.
Oh! And I also had a Cathy C. Hall interview over at writer friend, Kathryn Schleich’s website. So it’s a bit longer but if you’re stuck inside due to the heat and want something to read, it’s kinda entertaining and there may be a writing tip or two.
And finally, if you are tempted to say something smart-alecky to “Hot enough for you?” like, “Nope, I could stand a few more degrees of heat and humidity!” then please don’t blame me when you get whacked upside the head. Because when it’s hot enough, people do not care at all for smart alecks, no matter where you are.
Here in St. Louis, we have the heat AND the high humidity. So, not only is it hot enough for me, it’s also “close” enough for me.
I enjoyed your Muffin post. During the summer, I can’t concentrate for too long, so it was perfect for me.
Oh, yeah, Sioux, y’all got it bad there! And glad you enjoyed the Muffin post–it really is too hot for long bouts of thinking. 🙂
Cathy, Loved the approved list of responses to questions about the volume of heat. Thanks for a laugh.
You’re very welcome, Linda! It may be hot but one must keep one’s sense of humor! 🙂
It’s not so much the heat here as the mosquitoes! We’ve had a ton of rain and they’re terrible. I’m okay with hunkering down inside and catching up on some reading. 🙂