Summer Daze 

I. Love. Summer. Seriously. Having done a little time in eternal summer, in places where the leaves never turn, the grass never stops growing and the winter wardrobe never moves into the closet, my attitude about season change is this: I grin and bear it because, eventually, it all gets back to summer. The hotter and sunnier it is, the happier I am. I could lay around in my hammock all day, every day. I could wear tank tops and rubber flip flops and eat nothing but ice cream for months, maybe years. And were it not for this here job ... I probably would.

If I look back on my summer years in Boise, they pretty evenly fall into two categories: the years with air conditioning and the years without. Personally, I'm ambivalent about having an artificially cooled house. I don't sit around the rest of the year waiting for summer to get here so that I can sit inside and enjoy the nice cool air. I'm out. And when I'm not out, the windows are open. My longtime housemate/better half, however, is a polar bear and just the thought of 80 degrees makes him sweat with panic--trust me, it's not pretty when temperatures above 90 set in. After three years in an old place with nothing but a good fan and lots of windows, we upgraded last summer and lucky for the polar bear, air conditioning was part of the deal.

We have yet to crank on the old A/C this year, but then again, summer has taken its sweet time. This week's issue is one of those we put together every year: our annual Summer Guide. In the main story, Features Editor Deanna Darr ticks off the best of summer, one letter at a time. Noise is all about the outdoor shows--near and far. In Arts, you'll pick up a few ideas for artistic self-improvement. And Food is especially exciting this week. At first glance, it's a photo essay, but if you scan the QR code, it will take you to an audio companion piece highlighting a day at the Capital City Public Market.

Depending on your level of ambition this summer, this edition could be your syllabus for the months ahead. Or if wiling away the hours in a hammock is more your speed, consider this year's Summer Guide your list of suggested activities should you absolutely have to do something more productive. Either way, enjoy the dog days.

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