Hotter than July

I've spent most of today working on my setlist for w00tstock on Thursday, and reviewing all of my notes from Falling Skies, so I am prepared to moderate that panel on Friday.

Normally, I take extended breaks on a workday and go for a walk in my neighborhood, sit with an iced tea on the patio and read a book, and do other things that I wouldn't be able to do if I didn't work on my own schedule in my own house*. Today, however, it is 96 degrees in the shade.** In the sun, it's literally 681 degrees.***

So I've gotten much more work done in much less time than usual (there's a lesson here, if I'm willing to pay attention t– hey! Fallout New Vegas is almost done installing on Steam!) because it's just too goddamn hot to do anything that takes me out into the Sun****.

My dogs, who usually accompany me on my walks and sojourns onto the back patio, have been handling the ungodly heat the way all good dogs do: sleeping on the couch.

Seamus and Riley sleeping on the couches
Sleepy Seamus Face
Seamus renders sheets useless
MAKE IT NOT SO HOT OUTSIDE PLEASE OKAY.
No, really, I'm comfortable like this.
These couches are in our front room, and we don't really use them that often, because our TV is in the other room*****. Still, when we have people over for fancy grown-up things like playing games and drinking homebrew, we want them to be nice and free of dog fur, so we put those sheets on them. As you can see, the dogs have done a spectacular job of rendering them useless.******

Some of you who are particularly observant may notice that the colour scheme and interior decoration is very similar to Evil Wil Wheaton's house on the Big Bang Theory. This is not by accident; I've had friends from Big Bang over for dinners and things, so when they wrote Evil Wil Wheaton's house into the script, Bill Prady and Steve Molaro described the colours and interior decorating to the art department. It's pretty amazing how close they got it, without ever seeing it for themselves.

* Gotta take advantage of all the perks while I can, you know.

** Too hot, too hot, in the shaa-hay-ayayayay-ade.

*** Literally.

**** The Sun is the Nerd's natural enemy and greatest predator.

***** Where our beds and TV… is.

****** There are a lot of footnotes in this post.

This isn't a footnote, really, but I couldn't call this post Hotter Than July and not link to this, right?

Also: Sir Duke. You're welcome, Joel.

51 thoughts on “Hotter than July”

  1. It’s been hotter than balls here in Ohio, and in the Midwest in general. Our grass looks more like hay, and my feet are burnt from going to get the mail without putting shoes on.
    I like how you spell “colour” in the (in my not so humble opinion) correct way. It’s good to know I’m not the only born and raised American who has almost completed converted to British English spelling.

  2. Yup, yup. I like to laugh a little when my in-laws in the Northeast talk about the “heat wave”, ’cause here we just call it “summer”.
    And also, Dear The Rest of the Country: welcome to our pain…er…world!

  3. My husband hates “colour”, “favourite” and all those words that have U’s ‘added’ to them in British English. I keep trying to convince him that it’s the ‘right’ way because it was first but he doesn’t buy it. I don’t use the British versions of those words but I do use ‘theatre’ which, of course, always gets marked as incorrect by the ever present spell-o-bot in every computerized device.

  4. I will never understand how dogs find that half-upside-down-half-twisted-on-their-side thing comfortable, but then my dogs do a lot of things that render me confused and bewildered.

  5. I love the first picture of the white dog, I dont remember the name. He looks like someone that is suffering. Its pretty warm where I live, but its not like some places are getting. We are lucky.

  6. Her name is Riley, and she's 11. Seamus is 3. Somehow, though, they manage to play so much they exhaust each other.

  7. Anything put on the couch or floor, or anyplace else the dog decides to lay is extra material for them to rearrange into a comfy bed for dozing.
    At least, this is what my dogs tell me.

  8. I laugh a little at Texans in Winter weather too, since I’m native to Pennsylvania.
    Doesn’t mean I won’t use a “snowy” or “icy” day to get out of driving to work of course. :-D

  9. It can get up to 110 if we're really lucky, though the marine influence usually keeps it closer to 104 in the valleys, where I live. In Hollywood and down by the beach, it rarely gets over 100 in summer.
    However, we don't get REALLY hot until September, which always sucked for those of us who had to go back to school at the end of August just as the beach and pool weather was really getting going.

  10. that’s what i like about living in the nation’s eggplant, nice and cool in the summer. it rarely goes above the mid 90’s here. of course, it rarely goes below the mid 90’s as well. at least there is symmetry.

  11. I didn’t realize how much work you had to get done right after Polaris, thanks for taking the time to come up here!
    Also, your dogs are adorable. <3

  12. In September we’re still frying. It lessens around the end of October just in time for second summer in November. You should come to Wizardworld around then and bring your swim trunks. We don’t stop swimming untill the new year.

  13. Wil, it could be worse, you know. You could be here in Nottinham, UK, where it has rained almost every day since May! I kid you not! We have had torrential rain every few days & just normal rain every other day. So far, for July we have had more than a month’s worth of rain in the first 7 days!
    I’d love some sun!!

  14. I just saw a rerun of the episode in Evil Wil Wheaton’s house :) I think I spotted the painting of Jay and Silent Bob on a corner, but I’m not sure!

  15. Love your pics of Seamus and Riley! Little speckled bellehs are especially irresistable! Do you have to put sunblock on Seamus? He’s got a lot of pink skin.
    It’s been freezing here in New Zealand for the last few days, so please send a bit of that heat our way, to counteract the Antarctic blast!

  16. Wait, did I tell you about my endless love for “Sir Duke” (not “Endless Love,” but you know, ENDLESS love) on some sort of cruising boat? This feels like a lido deck style conversation we would have had that copious rum punches are preventing me from properly remembering.

  17. We did indeed have a conversation on the lido deck during the cruising boat's boat cruising. I seem to recall that you were surrounded by the empty corpses of a hundred rum punches, their umbrellas and fruit accents wilted and alone in small pools of melted ice.
    That was the night you screamed at the moon and defied it to strike you down.

  18. LOL, thanks for kind of inviting to the front room, and doggies are adorable, Seamus belly pattern looks like mandelbrot set fractals, and white beauty Reily’s hair is not too short is it, so if you brush it, you can make a sweater from it, lol, and maybe you need a chihuahua or something – for the balance on the couch

  19. I swear I’m not going to do what I’m about to say because 1) it’s just inherently creepy; 2) I’m in an entirely other hemisphere; and 3) I’m just too damn lazy.
    Still, your dogs are immensely adorable, and I want to steal one.

  20. Aahhh, love the nod to Mr. Wonder. Own it on vinyl because I’m old enough to have been alive when it came out on vinyl.
    I always wanted a pink-nosed dog. We just had a run of the mid to high ninety degree stuff here in Pittsburgh. Very thankful to have a break now.
    Loved this post. And the comments. Thanks for the entertainment with morning coffee.

  21. I sincerely apologize as this has nothing to do with your post but I just had to tell you this and wasn’t able to find an email address so I could send this to you that way and I apologize in advance if this is an inappropriate place to put this.
    I met you at Polaris in Toronto on Saturday. I was in a purple shirt, polka dot skirt, and wore a long necklace with a huge Owl pendant. My friend in front of me had you sign a Best of TNG DVD and you had complained that “Tapestry” and “Inner Light” weren’t on the DVD. I basically said “herr derr, I really liked Stand by Me, derp”. Though those may not have been my actual words, that what it felt like I said after I walked away elated to now have a signed copy of your autobiography “Just a Geek”.
    I didn’t get a chance to start reading it until last night and I stayed up all night reading it. I couldn’t not put it down and just finished it a few minutes ago. Not only because it was fascinating to get an insight into that part of your life but because in many ways I feel it that in someways it parallels my own struggles to let go of certain things in my past. Your book truly touched me and I just wanted to thank you for that (and also for being super nice at Polaris).
    Cheers,
    Maggie

  22. Yeah, I feel your pain, it might not get much over 70f today here. LA9KFHIP (Living At 9000′ Hath Its Privileges). But to atone for our sins, we’ll be going to Phoenix next week. But since I was born there, I handle it somewhat better than my wife.
    Speaking of which, I bought her a tee that says ‘The sun is trying to kill me’, which is appropriate as she’s a vampireastronomer.

  23. We just got new couches for our living room. It’s nice, but we have an elderly cat. Those two things do not go well together. Therefore, we currently fight the “keep the blankets over as much of the couch as possible” battle.
    And yes, we’re losing that one, too.

  24. Thank you, Maggie. It was a pleasure meeting you and your friend (whose name has gone out of my head). I don't recall nearly as much herp and derp as you do, and I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed Just A Geek. Thanks for reading!

  25. Normally, I take extended breaks on a workday and go for a walk in my neighborhood, sit with an iced tea on the patio and read a book, and do other things that I wouldn’t be able to do if I didn’t work on my own schedule in my own house
    It may seem silly, but I’m so grateful to you for saying this. I’m currently a grad student working on my thesis and I deal with a lot of guilt and anxiety about the fact that I can’t seem to work a solid eight hours every day like a “real grownup” would. Seeing someone who is manifestly successful describe a working style that’s more like mine really makes me feel a lot better, so thank you.
    Also, it was lovely to meet you this past weekend at Polaris. Thanks for signing my sister’s book!

  26. I imagine that it is quite a bit hotter than 681 degrees IN the sun, but I’m not a scientist nor do I play one on TV, so what do I know. ;-)
    Also, your dogs are adorable.

  27. I live in Ohio and last week it was literally over 100 degrees every single day and I was on staycation. So believe you me, I get the hot. In addition to all that I am a ginger and as everyone knows other than not having my own soul and needing to steal others so I can have a new freckle here and there, I also have almost no pigmentation and burn in like 3.2 milliseconds in the sun.

  28. I went to California on work, San Fran area, amazed me that some eating establishments didn’t have AC. You tried that around here (Memphis area) and you would go out of business.

  29. hey wil, do you ever get out to the east coast? i really want to play some tabletop games with you! I’m heading to a convention in maryland called Intervention, and it has a very generous gaming room for tabletop games and a place in it to buy the game. (really wanna play :()

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