We’re having a hard time getting psyched for summer this year. The eerily mild winter makes the warm weather anticlimactic. It’s not as much fun to whip out your favorite summer tee when you were wearing them in December. And then there’s the looming BGE rate hike, ensuring that when it gets really hot and sweaty we’ll be more likely to open up a fire hydrant than switch on the AC.
This year’s Sizzlin Summer issue reflects our ambivalence about the season. We have some pleasant stories about gardening (there’s a fight in it, but it’s still pretty upbeat), cooling your hindquarters tubing the Gunpowder Falls, eyeballing tricked-out cars, and drinking ice-cold beers. We got some serious articles about skin cancer and racial inequality. And then there are the cartoons about peeing and global warming, which could really go either way depending on your sense of humor.
But most importantly, we have the big, fat, huge, now-with-extra-enormousness Sizzlin’ Summer calendar. It’s filled with enough festivals, plays, concerts, and extraneous stuff to do that it kind of makes summer look shiny and new. And considering how hot and broke we’re about to be, we got to take the summer fun where we can get it. See you at the hydrant.