When the heat drives you a little crazy, sometimes the only sane reaction is to just go with it. Take that 3 p.m. walk to the office-park deli, leaving the shades on your desk; hit the walking trails till noon on Sunday, then take the kid out for some extra batting practice. Vegas in the summer is a reality show waiting to be made: Deadliest Vinyl Car Seat. We may not have the gritty-joyous open-the-hydrants street scenes of a Brooklyn midsummer, but there are badges of honor to be won out there in the cicada-buzz of our deserted August streets. This week, Matt Jacob wonders why our lily-livered kids insist on staying indoors, Geoff Carter earns his summer stripes by living without wheels, and Kerry Candaele explains his peculiar but oddly convincing preference for roasting at a Vegas pool over chilling at the California beach. It’s all part of our annual Dog Days issue, complete with fiction, fashion and an old-fashioned tale of man’s best friend.
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