Tonawanda News


July 19, 2013

ADAMCZYK: 80 degrees at 3 in the morning


Tonawanda News — Of course I’m aging (so are you, reader), but I do not remember life in a perpetual furnace like this. Of course, I remember snow on Thanksgiving, too, and a pile of other things that never happen these days.

We’re living through something, and it might take the advantage of experience to notice it. As they say in baseball, you can look it up; Western New York’s really hot weather historically comes at the end of August, and by the end of September it cools down, and the leaves on the trees turn as red and gold and orange as this week’s television weather maps. Advance all that by about a month, now.

This is Buffalo we’re talking about! Not Las Vegas or Qatar, but a by-the-lake city with a reputation for rotten weather that involves neither baking nor broiling.

The streets of Kenmore and Tonawanda seem unusually quiet, at noon and at drive time. Everyone is indoors, evidently, or looking for some place to do some serious splashing. The swimming pool, whether the kids’ oasis in Mang Park or the $20 backyard type available at Target, is suddenly the place to be.

Too hot for you? Attend a movie in an air-conditioned environment. There are seven available this summer on the theme of apocalyptic visions (eight, if one counts the One Direction documentary), and all of them seem to involve hot weather (makes me suspect zombies don’t care for snow).

The advance of civilization underestimates humanity’s simple endurance (it must have hot in Italy when the Renaissance was swinging, but a guy like Galileo, he of the telescope and the Inquisition, hung around Venice a lot, the town with all the smelly but cool waterways), and the way the primal urge to keep on keeping on factors into progress. Those of us not loving this heat should be congratulated for enduring it.

Ed Adamczyk is a Kenmore resident whose column appears Fridays in the Tonawanda News. Contact him at

Ed Adamczyk is a Kenmore resident whose column appears Fridays in the Tonawanda News. Contact him at

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