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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio


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July 18, 2012 - Yes, for anyone who asks, it is hot enough for me out there.

The weather's warmer this summer than I care to remember, and it's holding on a lot longer too.

Temperatures were in the 90s this month, so for my vacation over the Fourth of July holiday, of course I went to Alabama to visit family, where the temperatures were a bit warmer, in the hundreds.

That might be for the best, though. It was forecast to top 100 degrees even up north here in Michigan this week, so I might as well get used to it.

Soul-crushing heat aside, this is the time for outdoor fun, a time sorely missed when winter comes around.

All too soon it will be time for the kids to go back to school, campaign season for the November election to heat up, and temperatures to finally cool down.

But for now, kids are enjoying summer camps all over the place, basketball, volleyball, writers, inventors, SCAMP, something for everyone.

We have one more Concert in the Park this Friday, Backyard Jam this weekend, and Concours in the Park and Team RUSH's annual Regatta at Deer Lake next weekend.

The RUSH event's a lot of fun.

The high schoolers design and build cardboard boats and race them around the lake until they sink. This year, I'd design a boat with holes in the bottom, to get in the water faster.

I have to miss it this time around because I'll be down south again, though not too far. It's my 25th high school reunion in Dayton, Ohio. I haven't been to one of those since my fifth reunion in 1992.

Social media changes the whole reunion thing. In 1992, I hadn't seen or heard from classmates in years, so it was a big deal to see what everyone was up to. Now, I can log onto the Internet and find out what they had for breakfast, what their kids had for breakfast, and their lunch plans too.

Everyone's on Facebook now, talking about what they're going to talk about at the reunion.

I'll be sure to make it to the Backyard Jam this weekend, though. I hear there's going to be a dunk tank there. Might have to volunteer for that.

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