Good Morning, RVA: A break in the heat

Storms roll in this evening and temperatures start dropping!

Photo by: sandy’s dad

Good morning, RVA! It’s 73 °F. The heat and humidity have decided to chill out as potential thunderstorms roll through the area this evening bringing temperatures way, way down (tomorrow’s high is just 75 °F!). Today, expect highs in the mid-80s and for the skies to (potentially) open up around close of business.

Water cooler

Last night at Meadow Street in the alley south of Cary, police officers and a man exchanged gunfire. The man was killed and one police officer was wounded with non-life-threatening injuries. The RTD has all of the scary details. The police department will conduct their investigation and then turn the results over to the commonwealth’s attorney.

People! I think all of your driving, parking, and road closure questions about the Big Bike Race™ have been answered. Take a second to click around on their new street closure map, making sure to notice the times of the closures. There aren’t a whole lot of places in town that are seriously inconvenienced in serious ways during serious driving times. I remain cautiously optimistic that after the BBR™ leaves town, Richmond will still be standing.

Every time I walk over one of those metal doors on a sidewalk I think about this. I’m certainly never doing that again!

Tonight, 460 days before the 2016 election, Fox News hosts the first Republican presidential debate at 9:00 PM. The ten candidates with the best poll numbers (Trump, Bush, Walker, Huckabee, Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Paul, Christie, and Kasich) will attempt score some political points with (against?) America. Sure seems like a lot of folks for one room. The seven other candidates will have a less crowded debate at 5:00 PM.

Meanwhile, Jon Stewart hosts his final Daily Show.


  • Squirrels downed New Hampshire, 3-2, and play for the sweep today at 7:05 PM. Get your tickets here, it’s the last home game (pending weather) until August 14th.
  • Nats lost to the Diamonbacks 11-4, yikes. They look for revenge–and a chance to even the series–today at 4:05 PM.

This morning’s longread

Homme de Plume: What I Learned Sending My Novel Out Under a Male Name

I sent the six queries I had planned to send that day. Within 24 hours George had five responses–three manuscript requests and two warm rejections praising his exciting project. For contrast, under my own name, the same letter and pages sent 50 times had netted me a total of two manuscript requests. The responses gave me a little frisson of delight at being called “Mr.” and then I got mad. Three manuscript requests on a Saturday, not even during business hours! The judgments about my work that had seemed as solid as the walls of my house had turned out to be meaningless. My novel wasn’t the problem, it was me–Catherine.

This morning’s Instagram

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