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"Do you know," one of my students said, "that somewhere in NSW is the hottest place in the world today?"

"I really like your air conditioning," I replied.

"That's hotter than the Middle East!"

"Maybe you're wrong?"

But, no, apparently not, though the fact that it was winter over there might have made that target a little easier to get.

Still, when you have a weekend of heat that can buckle train tracks, overload powerlines--maybe it was the heat that killed my microwave--what you really need is a bit of arson. Because that really brings the whole thing home, yes it does.



(crossposted)

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lyndarama
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
Sickening. Only the other day my mum said much the same thing - 'all we need is for some moron to light a fire'.
benpeek
Feb. 9th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
yeah. i'm usually good with forms of social deliquency, but the fires... i mean, haven't we all just seen it too much in the last half a dozen years? there's enough from just starting naturally that people don't need to add it up.
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