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Gabriel Dillard

published on June 1, 2021 - 11:52 AM
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Like an unwelcome house guest who shows up and hangs around for a while, Fresno’s heat is upon us once again.

Along with it comes one of Fresno’s favorite pastimes — griping about the weather.

The first heatwave of the season always reminds me of a piece written by Craig Scharton at about what he hates the most about summer in Fresno — mainly, the complaining.

When the groaning about the weather in the Valley (like every year it’s somehow surprising it eclipses 100 degrees here) grows concerning is when people talk about Fresno not being worthy because of the heat. Not worthy of being considered a major, dynamic American city. Not worthy of being home to a Fortune 1000 company. Not worthy of somehow breaking out of the cycle of poverty and despair to offer all of its citizens a fulfilling life.

Craig makes the point that other places have so much worse weather but are still considered important centers of commerce and culter. I mean, I have never had to shovel a driveway clear of snow. And I never want to find out what it’s like.

I’ll take three months of hot weather for all of the other benefits we get living here — any day.

What I Hate About Summer in Fresno

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