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There are those who love the rain, love the snow, and who love the majesty of a winter's morn.

Those people can go pound sand. Lots and lots of beach sand. This is a "BRING ON SUMMER!" appreciation post.

This past weekend, we saw temperatures in the Hub City over 90 degrees and heard people complaining the whole time that it was "too hot." Well, it looks like we're headed there again. Which is fine, because I'd rather have it nice and sunny for the weekend, rather than during the week when I'm stuck in this hellish pit of despair, errrr, blissful office setting.

Screenshot: Lance Ballance-Townsquare Media
Lance Ballance, Townsquare Media

After the rain and thunderstorms of the past few days, it looks like we're heading back into a nice, spring-summer pattern, with nice warm days. I'm TOTALLY bought into this as a card-carrying, certified, state-licensed "Summer Guy." In fact, I've already broken out my swimwear for the season.


I know you can't unsee that. I had to see it, so you do, too. It's only fair.

This is better.


Yep, this is how I feel about the warm weather: sitting in a deck chair, sipping on a fruity beverage, not caring about a darn thing. I understand those people who take solitude in listening to the rain as a good old-fashioned thunderstorm rolls through. I, however, am more concerned about the risk of hail damage, or the Wrath of Zeus when a lighting bolt comes directly for my cabeza. Yeah, that's a big ole' nope.

So, I will be enjoying the weekend. You should, too. Get out, enjoy some Vitamin D on your face, and wait patiently for it to be 105 degrees in July. Because that's coming, Lubbock, and I can't wait.

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