How to tell it's summer in Baltimore
Tip #1: The Sun discovers that it gets hot. Today’s front page warns that the temperature is apt to reach 100 or more by the end of the week. Though not quite as unpleasant as Washington, D.C., which was built on a swamp and has remained one, the Patapsco Basin doesn’t really support human life in July.
Tip #2: Chessie has reappeared. Everyone’s favorite wandering manatee shows up again, celebrated in murky photos and articles about his irrepressible wanderlust.
Tip #3: Continuing the animal motif that marks news coverage in the warmer months, the snakeheads are advancing. The ugly-looking and predatory invasive species has been discovered in waters north of the Potomac. Speculation about its inexorable progress has not yet reached the point of warning residents to check swimming pools before plunging in, but we’ve got another six-eight weeks of hot weather to go.
Tip #4: You can’t get here from here. Last week, Artscape (which was moved to the hottest month of the year after its opening fell on a chilly day in June in 1982) tied up major streets in the middle of the city, at the same time that construction of a racetrack on streets in the Inner Harbor* cuts off Federal Hill from the rest of the city.
Tip #5: The Orioles stink.
Tip #6: Blogger, left listless by the overpowering mugginess, inflicts on readers a series of trite observations on the weather instead of writing a substantive post.
*I am not making this up. Several major streets in the harbor area are going to be an Indy Car racetrack over Labor Day weekend. This is supposed to bring fame and big bucks to the city, at the cost of months of major inconvenience for anyone trying to get anywhere.