My search did reveal lots of folks named Blazes, including the heroine of some seedy romance novel. Great name for a woman of allure.
Actually, it's been hot as blazes for a few weeks already. They say it's been the hottest summer in 50 years. Shvitzville!! Yesterday (I haven't been out yet today, so can't comment on today's temp), the thermometer climbed above 41 Celsius, and that's just about the limit for us regular folk. No more, you hear.
Last night in this upgegussen heat, with no air conditioning or fans, our overly devoted cast of the upcoming year's musical hit Judge - The Song of Devorah (lyrics by Toby Klein Greenwald and Yael Valier, music by Mitch Clyman) rehearsed for our new Raise Your Spirits production (premiering in October, IY"H - I'll keep you posted). We reviewed clever dance routines by delightful choreographer Sara Orenstein. I kid you not - we danced in 41 degree temperature. We twirled and clapped and counted silently 1-2-3-4 turn, 1-2 turn, as giant beads of water danced themselves all over our brows and chins. In very short time, we were soaked from head to toe. It looked like someone had turned on the sprinklers (which would actually have been refreshing).
No one complained toooooo much, although we wished we had a pool that we could all jump into after rehearsal - with our clothes on!! Everyone did their parts, gave it their all, hoping not to faint, and then dashed whenever possible into the courtyard for an opportunity to catch some night air in between numbers. (Our audiences should only know how dedicated [read: obsessively crazy] our RYS women are.)
Then I spoke to my nephew (fabulous boy - 26 and single) after rehearsal. He has milium (reserve duty) in the Negev. The temperature there makes our weather seem cool. But he didn't complain. He's also doing his duty - serving his country in a place that's hotter than Blazes, wherever Blazes is.
They say that when the Meshiach (Messiah) comes, the sun will be released from its pouch. Then you'll see hot!! Well, perhaps we're heading in that direction. At least the thought makes me feel better about shvitzing without the use of a sauna.
AN UPDATE ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON - It's 44 ºC, that's 111.2 ºF. In Tirat Tzvi up north, it's 50 ºC, 122 ºF. Is it hot enough for ya???
Best wishes to you all over the world. Keep cool.