Summer in the city--heat and humidity. Out come the shorts and tank tops, T-shirts and breezy summer dresses. It's big gator weather when the sweat makes everyone look dewy. Everyone is melting.
And like a big 'gator we seek the cool and shade, and ice melting in tall glasses.
The big news here is there's a real alligator in Humboldt Park Lagoon. You can read more about the history of Humboldt Park Lagoon here. The alligator has a name--Chance the Snapper--and there are T-shirts and tote bags, too. As I write this, the alligator is still at large.
Meanwhile in real alligator country, Louisiana is dealing with tropical storm Barry. Will the levees in New Orleans hold? It's been 14 years since Hurricane Katrina. Are people more prepared now?
It's been 24 years since the big heat wave hit Chicago in July of 1995. Are we more prepared now for the kind of extreme heat which will become more common with climate change?
But today it's a beautiful day in July. Day after day of orange day lilies. There are bees in the beebalm and milkweeds. The chicory is blooming, as blue as the summer sky.