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The End Zone Seat: High Temps Got the Best of Us


Remember back to last, umm, May when we were complaining about the cold weather?

Bet you, like I, were singing a different tune this past weekend as temperatures in the region flirted with 100 degrees and the humidity was enough to wilt an orchid.

If you were like me, you were looking for all the places you could to escape the sweltering heat wave.

As tempting as it might have been to attend one of the local race tracks—automotive or equine—a nice air-conditioned movie theatre sounded like a better plan.

Of course, my luck being what it is, I picked one Saturday night that apparently didn’t have much air left in its air conditioner.

Still, there were those who decided to remain active despite the heat.

As I shot pictures Saturday morning at the “Wild” Wysox River Challenge paddle race and the Lyle Williams golf tournament in Wysox, I was amazed at the number of people willing to brave the hostile conditions.

While the river was probably the best option if you were going to be doing a physical activity, it was clear that the number of competitors was down from last year. That was certainly true in the Touring and Recreation classes.

It was speculated then and was likely the case that the temperature was the reason for the smaller field.

All the credit goes to the paddlers who spent as long as three hours out on the river under very difficult circumstances.

As bad as the river was, you had to feel for anyone out playing baseball or softball under the unrelenting sun.

Ann Cole, one of our advertising representatives, was in the Philadelphia area for three days for her daughter’s State Senior Softball tournament.

She says the parents were told to plan on staying four nights should the team stay in contention to the title game.

Four days worth of clothes lasted only two as the sweltering conditions—she reported heat indexes well into the 140-degree range—forced her to wash the sweat-drenched clothing before they headed home.

Ann, who is a sun worshiper, couldn’t even stay outside for an hour during the team’s practice the morning of their second game on Thursday.

I had the opportunity to attend the Phillies game with San Diego Sunday.

The high hit 98 degrees that day although conditions in Citizens Bank Park could have been worse. It clouded up and sprinkled lightly midway through the game as a nearby rainstorm just skirted the stadium complex in South Philly. The nearby storm also kicked up a breeze that felt like a piece of heaven.

Fortunately, the Phillies also offered complimentary 12-ounce cups of ice water to all the fans.

This was a blessing because I’m sure many people would have opted to limit their water intake rather than pay the $4.25 per bottle the concession stands were charging.

While I’m not looking forward to the return of snow, ice and freezing weather, I do hope last weekend is the last brutal spell of hot weather we get this year.

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