Please, someone open up the fire hydrant at the end of the block (I'd rather not get the $1000 fine myself). The heat wave blazin' through the midwest has made graduate finals week a real blast. 105 degree weather when I'm studying? Is this seriously happening? I'll be back next week with some real posts. In the meantime, I thought these Peter Stackpole photos from a 1953 Life magazine really captured the mood. The hot pavement, people crammed together, and the explosion of a high pressured oasis. Quite striking. And then I like to imagine them listening to Martha Reeve and the Vandellas - Heat Wave. Quite beautiful.