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Wow, it's hot and humid here, especially when you don't have any air conditioning.

heat index 39C/103FYesterday was especially bad, with the humidity pushing the heat index to 39C/103F according to WeatherUnderground.  I think the air temperature yesterday made it to 34C/94F, and it didn't cool off very fast last night.  

I spent several hours this morning tearing down my computer system and desk then moving it all into the basement which remains cool. It wasn't my first choice for placement, because the basement is unfinished, dark, short enough that I have to duck occasionally, humid, and always a collection point for radon... but at least the space is pleasantly cool.  It's still jungle weather outside today, but here in the basement is comfortable.

The other issue this week is the gunshots.

Even during winter, an old lady neighbor stopped her car to say hello to me one Sunday morning.  She asked if I heard the "rumble in the jungle" the previous evening.  Yes, I did.  Even during subzero (fahrenheit) temperatures, there are gunshots here.  It just gets worse in the hot weather.  About a month ago, I started using the hashtag #WarzoneInMinneapolis when I post about it on G+.  I had no idea before moving here that any part of Minneapolis endured nearly daily gunfire.

Finally, the front page story in the local Star Tribune newspaper this week used a similar headline, calling it a battle zone.

"Eighty percent of those — 105 victims — were shot in the Fourth Precinct on the North Side",  and "that week, ShotSpotter was activated in the precinct 118 times.
- http://www.startribune.com/mom-of-wounded-10-year-old-describes-life-in-the-battle-zone/382179041/#1

Yes, that's 118 gunfire incidents during a single week and only within a small part of Minneapolis.  And that headline hit the newspaper the morning after I was up after midnight because of a gunshot incident (3 different bursts of gunfire) about 2 houses away behind my house. Also making recent headlines was the battle which resulted in police finding 48 shell casings.  And I was driving to pick up some plants one weekend morning last month, and right in front of me a pedestrian was assaulted by a guy with brass knuckles who then jumped into the getaway car beside me to drive away.

It's a little nuts here, obviously.  It doesn't seem to be a priority with Minneapolis City Council because, well, it's not all of Minneapolis that's affected, just a few neighborhoods in the poorer parts of town.

So I'll continue using the hashtag #WarzoneInMinneapolis until the bad publicity convinces them to make it their priority.  I pay taxes too, and I want this neighborhood to improve to the safe and pleasant community that I know many of us here want it to be.

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