Friends Don’t Let Friends

To all of my Followers, Bloggers, Family, Friends & ACQUAINTANCES, I am posting this for a very dear FAMILY member, as well as for all of the other Moms & Dads of children who have been lost but never forgotten due to drugs, overdoses & other horrible FATALITIES.  PLEAE, PLEASE, PLEASE Seek help if you, or someone you know is doing drugs, suicidal or  is “Headed doen the wrong road in life”! There are people who can & WILL HELP!! Please also see the links, below!!



Ria Coesel – mom of Anke Furber and DD Flynn – mom of Christi Nowak

National Night Out Against Crimes and Drugs.  Woodstock, Georgia 

 August 7, 2007



Published: 07/11/2008
By Kristal Dixon
Cherokee Tribune Staff Writer

For almost three years, D.D. Flynn of Woodstock has worked tirelessly to see those responsible for her daughter’s fatal drug overdose brought to justice.

Now, Mrs. Flynn is receiving the help of the Woodstock Police Department.

The department is teaming up with Mrs. Flynn to offer a $10,000 reward to anyone who provides evidence that leads to the arrest and conviction of the people involved in Christi Michele Nowak’s death.

Christi, 20, suffered a cardiac arrest on the bedroom floor in her Woodstock home on Oct. 1, 2005.

She was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta and was pronounced brain dead on Oct. 5.

Mrs. Flynn said her daughter had a seizure because of a mixture of cocaine, GHB and chloroform in her system.

“When my daughter passed, she bequeathed me her fighting spirit,” Mrs. Flynn said as to why she is seeking justice for her daughter.

The Woodstock Police Department initially ruled the death an accidental overdose, but with the persistence of Mrs. Flynn, the force decided to reopen the case.

“D.D. has been rather diligent and tenacious in pushing for someone to be held accountable,” Police Chief Ric Moss said.

Moss said when he joined the force as chief in September of 2006, he decided there were “some things that needed to be looked at again.”

Mrs. Flynn said recent cases of people being held accountable in drug overdose cases gave her the inspiration to hunt down potential suppliers of drugs to Christi.

She said she believes someone was in the house the night Christi suffered the cardiac arrest and had supplied her with the drugs.

A statute is in place that states if someone commits a felony resulting in the death of another, then that person is in violation of the law.

In Christi’s case, the perpetrator would be charged with the violation of controlled substance act. Even if the person was not in possession of the drugs, he or she would be charged as an accomplice, Moss said.

However, there are potential hurdles in cases that involve drug overdoses.

The district attorney would have to prove that a person was responsible for the death, Moss said.

Also, people involved in cases such as these tend to be “transients,” and are hard to track down, he added.

Moss said the information that they’ve received from Christi’s friends so far has been via the Internet.

“With that, we are dealing with screen names,” he said, adding that Christi’s friends are more willing to talk to her mother than the police.

Mrs. Flynn said her main goal is to reach out to other families who have faced similar circumstances.

“I want the law known, and I want to know what happened to my daughter on that last night,” she said.

Christi, Mrs. Flynn said, was beginning to get her life back on track. She had just enrolled in college and was involved at First Baptist Woodstock.

Most of all, Mrs. Flynn said Christi was a caring person who would do anything for her friends.

“She was extremely loving and she loved her brother [Brent],” she said.

Moss said the department would keep the case open as long as they receive viable information.

He added the department as a whole feels Mrs. Flynn’s pain and wants to “make sure justice is done.”

“As dedicated professionals, we want to make sure we do the job to the best of our ability,” he said.

– Police need a lot of help in this case –

– first of all they need names –

– the people that Christi was with the night she overdosed.

Police say an anonymous tip in this case can earn up to a $2,000 reward.

You do not have to leave your name.

Call the Crimestoppers Tipline at 404-577-TIPS.

October 22 2010 Was the FIRST year anniversary of the FDLFD Non-Profit Status. We are gaining the attention to bring awareness to prevention….of a senseless death. Call 911. Be a true friend! Please!


Friends Don’t Let Friends

Let’s prevent “the next one” and kiss them goodnight instead of goodbye!!!! Thank you! ♥ ~D.D. Flynn 8.29.12;rh=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Emoms%2Ememorial-of-love%2Enet%2F;rd=1

Wal-Mart vs. The Morons

Yes, Yes, I know this is horribly far, far away from blogging territory, but I want to post this, anyways. If you like it, PLEASE show it by re-blogging this!! Thanks!  





Wal-Mart vs. The Morons

1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart Every hour of every day.

2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute!

3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.

4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target +Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.

5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the world’s largest private employer, and most speak English.

6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world.

7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger and Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only fifteen years.

8. During this same period, 31 big supermarket chains sought bankruptcy.

9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the world.

10. Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores in the USA of which 1,906 are Super Centers; this is 1,000 more than it had five years ago.

11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at Wal-Mart stores. (Earth’s population is approximately 6.5 Billion.)

12. 90% of all Americans live within fifteen miles of a Wal-Mart.
You may think that I am complaining, but I am really laying the ground work for suggesting that MAYBE we should hire the guys who run Wal-Mart to fix the economy.

This should be read and understood by all Americans… Democrats, Republicans, EVERYONE!!

To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature

It is now official that the majority of you are corrupt morons:

a.. The U.S.Postal Service was established in 1775.  You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.

b.. Social Security was established in 1935.  You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.

c.. Fannie Mae was established in 1938.You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.

d.. War on Poverty started in 1964.  You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor” and they only want more.

e.. Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965.  You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.

f.. Freddie Mac was established in 1970.You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.

g.. The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil.It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before.  You had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.
You have FAILED in every “government service” you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars.
Folks, keep this circulating.It is very well stated.  Maybe it will end up in the e-mails of some of our “duly elected’ (they never read anything) and their staff will clue them in on how Americans feel.


I know what’s wrong.  We have lost our minds to “Political Correctness” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Someone please tell me what the HELL’s wrong with all the people that run this country!!!!!!
We’re “broke” & can’t help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc.,???????????
In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti , Chile, and Turkey..And now Pakistan ……..previous home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!

Our retired seniors living on a ‘fixed income’ receive no aid nor do they get any breaks…
AMERICA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without ‘needed’ meds, and mentally ill without treatment -etc,etc.
Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave ‘US’ the same support they give to other countries. Sad isn’t it?
99% of people won’t have the guts to forward this.

I’m one of the 1% — I Just Did

Engagement/Wedding Photography Prop – Speedy Session Crafts I

I found this SUPER ADORABLE Photography Prop, in a capture taken by: Christopher Brock Cinematographer (Link is below) I asked the photographer where he purchased the props, & he told me that they weren’t his,but that the client’s wife had made them, just in time for the shoot!  We messaged back & forth for a day or so, & I asked If I could blog on the capture? She got all excited & said she’d love to see it! 😀 So, HERE IT IS!! I will def. be using this idea as inspiration for my engagement, wedding & newborn photo sessions. THANK YOU!!!

Direct Link:

Super Adorable Prop!!: Wall Photos

Turquoise Knit Scarf Chunky Azure Blue Winter Fashion on Luulla

I do believe I have found the CUTEST item to add to my birthday wish list!! Oh my goodness, I will be BROKE before I finish this post! I originally found this seller on Facebook, here:



Turquoise Knit Scarf Chunky Azure Blue Winter Fashion on Luulla.

Under the weather…

For the past several days, my Hubby has been sick, & feeling pretty rotten. He & a bunch of the guys from his place of work, had to go & get shots, its a yearly thing with their Insurance thru the company. Anyway, he, along with a handful of the other guys from his work, became sick a few days after the shots.. That’s just gross, that they couldn’t sterilize the syringes!

So the Hubby has been sick, for @ least 2 weeks now, and about 4 days ago I could feel myself catching it. I have always had a pretty strong immune system, until the past few years. It all started the year I got the flu, that was so bad I felt like I was dying. No joke! I had to be rushed to the ER, because I  woke up in a pillow soaked in my blood, I panicked & couldn’t breathe. According to my Hubby, (We were engaged @ the time); I was pretty hysterical, so he did what he thought was best. I normally I don’t have a problem with blood, especially large amounts of blood, but I think, just the fact that I didn’t know WHY I was bleeding so much, I panicked.   Ends up, the Dr. said I was bleeding out of my eye sockets, this is why my pillow was soaked with my blood.  I had a severe sinus infection, along with the flu, the infection was expanding so much in my head, it was pushing on everything, making me bleed from unusually spots, because of all the pressure. That was the last time I had the flu, I hope it stays out of my system, for good. I definitely don’t want to re-live that again!! It took me 4 months to get over that whole thing. Talk about sick!

Well, while I am in my sickly state, I am going to start working a few pages for my blog, & add a few new things. I hope I can get a good bit done, & ya’ll like the changes. 🙂 Now, where did I put my hot tea….?  Ciao! ~Ami

Life is becoming a lil’ bit simpler….

My wonderful Husband got me a MiFi HotSpot for my birthday, & I am getting some serious use out of it!! I LOVE IT!! I used to have to take him to work, & then go find a hotspot & surf the web till I could get everything I needed to do, done. Now, I just stay @ Home, & work on my laptop. Whats even better? I get to stream Pandora, Check my email as it comes in, Upload captures from past photo-shoots, & so much more!! I love being able to multi-task while I am working on the web!! Today, I will be streaming Google Play, & doing dishes, cleaning the house, & making stew for when my baby gets home from work, then we can relax & be lazy for a few hours till its time for bed. I hope all of yall have been enjoying your friday, Can you believe the weekend is here??? Heck Yeah!! Till next time, ~Ami

“The Tucker”

I personally want to dedicate this to all of you out there, who have a dream that you have been chasing after. Maybe you have been chasing after this “Dream” for your whole life, or maybe it has just been for a few years.  Either way, this post is for YOU! Life is super stressful, & now that we have been in this recession for 4 years, sometimes we think that the endr come to the surface! 


Preston Tucker, Had a dream, & HE made HIS DREAM come true, & You can too! Just believe in yourself, & In Jesus Christ (If that is what you believe), & HE will help you make it happen. May God bless you & your family. ~Ami

His name was Preston Tucker and he had a dream… This is his dream in a nutshell.

A dream that some of Detroit’s automobile industry leaders did their very best to scuttle and managed to succeed in doing. His dream was to build a car like no one had ever seen before and he did just that. In building this car he revolutionized Detroit in the 1940’s. His design was a stunning “Car of Tomorrow.” It was streamlined, futuristic and fast. Just the car every American dreamed of owning but could never afford. That is until now!! His car shook up Detroit so much that they launched a campaign that would cause the end of this great car. Preston Tucker wrote an open letter to the automobile industry in the United States. This letter appeared in many newspapers in the United States on June 15, 1948. A total of 51 were built, of which 47 still survive. Tucker employed Alex S. Tremulis to style this fastback sedan and the chief mechanic in the project was John Eddie Offutt. The engine was a rear mounted H-6 (horizontally opposed), ohv, 335 Ci with 166 bhp and 372 lbs/ft torque. Quite impressive in its day. The original (projected) price was $2450 but today the current value is from about 1/4 million to 1/2 million

(Tucker #1030 sold at auction in March, 1996 for $259,000)

The following text was taken from Hyman Ltd web page.

The car we are offering is a 1948 Tucker “48”. This is car # 1006, the sixth production car built. This is a very special car for a number of reasons. This was the car that the Tucker corporation used as the standard that all the following cars had to meet. It was kept at the Ypsilanti Machine shop, where it all started. This was the first Tucker ever sold to the public, in an auction in 1949. It sold for $800. Untouched since 1958, the car sat in an old parking structure behind Detroit’s State Theatre, forgotten, dismantled, and decaying for a third of a century. Presumed lost by Tucker aficionados, the car was discovered in 1991, and purchased from the original owner, who also owned the parking garage. After a lot of research, and many interviews, RM Restorations was selected to restore the car. A 5000 hour restoration was performed to concurs standards. Many NOS pieces were tracked down for the demanding restoration, including the fabric for the interior, and many other pieces were meticulously rebuilt, including the Torsilastic rubber suspension, which was re-compounded and re-molded so it would be correct. Since restoration the car has been shown around the country, including being the only car to have been invited to Meadowbrook four times, where it garnered awards each time. In 1997 the Tucker Club had its 50th anniversary convention. At that event it was judged “the best and most accurate Tucker in the world”. It has been used as reference for many other restorations. Extensive documentation and rare items are included with the car, including a copy of the original title, complete documentation of the restoration, and photos of the car when it was new. A Tucker franchise agreement, a set of Tucker luggage (including 1 NOS piece still in the box), an NOS extra Tucker radio, an NOS Tucker accessory heater, and a pair of Tucker dealership banners. The Tucker Automobile Club of America Authentication Book for this car has rubbings of the serial numbers and is signed by the Tucker historians and Family members, and there are numerous pictures showing the “hidden” details of the car such as tape inside the door that says Barney Tucker, a family member that worked at the plant, the original color identification( green, of course)and much more. This is a landmark automobile, and the centerpiece of any collection.

All of the pix & info from the text ABOVE were borrowed from the link listed below:

Hailed as a visionary by some and a con artist by others, Preston Tucker (1903-1956) was the man behind an innovative, futuristic-looking car that debuted amid great fanfare during the summer of 1948. Within just a couple of years, however, the Tucker Corporation had folded in the wake of suspicions about its founder’s business practices.

With the post-war economy booming during the summer of 1948, American consumers were in a buying mood, especially for cars. But the people crowding dealers’ showrooms were yearning for something more exciting than the offerings of General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, whose designs seemed old-fashioned and unimaginative. Into this void stepped Preston Tucker, a brash entrepreneur and master of promotion who insisted that he had just what Americans wanted-“The Car of Tomorrow Today.” His namesake automobile boasted a radical new aerodynamic look and a number of innovative safety features. At first, it seemed that Tucker had indeed tapped into the public’s growing desire for a sleeker, safer car; his company was flooded with orders in a matter of just a few months. Ultimately, however, his inability to deliver on his promises cost him his business as well as his reputation.

Preston Thomas Tucker was born September 21, 1903, on a peppermint farm in rural Capac, Michigan. He grew up in the suburban Detroit community of Lincoln Park where, even as a child, he was fascinated by anything having to do with automobiles. He learned to drive at the age of 11 and quit school two years later to become an office boy for Cadillac. Tucker subsequently worked at a number of other automobile companies, including Ford, Studebaker, Chrysler, and Pierce-Arrow. Although he began his career as a mechanic and test driver, he eventually moved into sales after attending Detroit’s Cass Technical High School.

During the 1930s, Tucker dabbled in a number of unsuccessful business ventures, most of them automotive-related. In 1935, for example, he teamed up with famed engine designer Harry A. Miller to build Indianapolis 500 race cars for Ford Motor Company. But none of the ten cars they completed managed to make it across the finish line, prompting Ford to withdraw from the project. Then came World War II, during which time the major automobile manufacturers dedicated their assembly lines to the war effort. From 1942 until 1946, no new models were introduced. Thus, by the mid-1940s, American consumers were desperate for cars. Spying an opportunity to challenge General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler for a share of this eager, fast-growing market, Tucker formed his own automobile manufacturing company, which he named the Tucker Corporation.

Revealed Plans for the “Tucker Torpedo”

As envisioned by Tucker himself, the “Tucker Torpedo” (as the concept vehicle was known) represented quite a departure from the standard fare offered by the Big Three automakers. Long, low, and substantially wider than other large cars then available, with sleek lines reminiscent of a rocket, it had doors that slid up into the roof and six chrome-plated exhaust pipes. Its unique safety features included headlights mounted in fenders that moved with the front wheels to illuminate the road as the car made a turn, a windshield made of shatterproof glass, seat belts, disc brakes, and a heavily padded dashboard to protect front-seat passengers in the event of a collision. In another unusual twist, the driver’s seat was positioned in the middle rather than on the left, with separate passenger seats on either side.

Engineering-wise, too, the Tucker was different. It boasted a gigantic, fuel-injected, six-cylinder engine mounted in the rear that its creator claimed could hit a top speed of 130 mph, maintain a cruising speed of 100 mph, and deliver an astonishing 35 mpg gas mileage. In addition, it sported a revolutionary power delivery system of “hydraulic torque converters” that Tucker said would eliminate the need for a clutch, transmission, drive shaft, and differential.

The American public responded with unbridled enthusiasm to Tucker’s “car of tomorrow” and buried him in an avalanche of letters and inquiries. But first he had to secure some factory space in which to make his fantasy a reality. Under the auspices of the War Assets Administration (WAA), the federal government leased him a former B-29 engine plant outside Chicago, Illinois. Because the deal was contingent upon his ability to raise $15 million in capital by March 1, 1947, Tucker then set about lining up potential investors. However, he soon found out that in return for their financial support they expected him to surrender control of his company, a notion he found intolerable.

Struggled to Finance His Dream

Tucker then came up with a rather creative way to finance his dream. Although he had produced nothing more than an idea, he began selling dealer franchises and quickly amassed some $6 million that was to be held in escrow until he delivered the first Tucker. But the scheme prompted an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the first of many such probes. Tucker then devised a new strategy that involved issuing $20 million in stock. Before the SEC could rule on his plan, though, the head of the National Housing Agency demanded that the WAA cancel its deal with the Tucker Corporation so that the Lustron Corporation could use the factory to make prefabricated metal houses.

By January 1947, Tucker had won the right to remain in the plant he had leased. In addition, his March 1 capital-raising deadline was extended to July 1. (The SEC’s decision on selling stock in the Tucker Corporation was still pending.) But all of the setbacks and squabbles had greatly undermined the public’s confidence in the would-be entrepreneur, and the struggle to underwrite the cost of his venture continued.

Meanwhile, efforts to come up with a prototype were under way. Tucker hired noted designer Alex Tremulis to head the project in late 1946, and he and his colleagues managed to fashion a sheet-metal version of the car by hand in less than 100 days, a truly astounding feat. Affectionately known as “The Tin Goose, ” it went on display in June 1947 as a 1948 model. Many of the revolutionary features Tucker had touted in his original concept vehicle proved unworkable and were revamped or scrapped. Yet it was still an eyecatching car, especially with its distinctive, Cyclops-like third headlight mounted in the center of the grill that moved with the front wheels. The public’s response was overwhelming, and the company was flooded with orders. On July 15, the SEC finally cleared the way for Tucker Corporation stock to go on sale.

Targeted for Investigation

By the spring of 1948, Tucker was ready to go into production with his car despite some lingering financial difficulties resulting from insufficient stock sales. In need of some quick cash, he came up with a new fundraising tactic that offered Tucker buyers the opportunity to pre-purchase certain accessories such as seat covers, radios, and custom luggage. But SEC officials took a dim view of his plan given the fact that not a single vehicle had yet rolled off the assembly line. In May 1948, working in conjunction with the Justice Department, they launched a major investigation into Tucker’s business practices and the viability of his car. The bad publicity and lawsuits that ensued effectively disrupted production, spooked creditors, and sent the company’s stock price plummeting. Finally, in January 1949, the Tucker factory was forced to close and Tucker was ousted from his own organization and replaced by two court-appointed trustees.

In June 1949, Tucker and seven of his associates were indicted on charges of mail fraud, stock irregularities, and conspiracy to defraud. The trial began that October, with government prosecutors using “The Tin Goose” rather than one of the actual production vehicles to try to prove that the Tucker could not be built or perform as promised. But many of the 70-plus witnesses called to testify against the company actually hurt rather than helped the government’s case.

Tucker himself hinted darkly that the Big Three auto-makers and their supporters were behind the attempt to destroy him because of the threat he represented to their domination of the market. Indeed, some evidence suggests that officials of both General Motors and Chrysler actively sought to make it more difficult for Tucker to succeed. Whether they also tried to influence the government to pursue him is less certain. There is no question, however, that Tucker had made some powerful enemies in Washington who repeatedly denounced him as a con artist.

Acquitted on Fraud Charges

The trial dragged on until January 1950. In the end, the jury found Tucker and his associates innocent of all the charges against them. However, Tucker was left bankrupt and with his reputation in tatters; as a result, he was forced to sell his remaining assets, including the 51 vehicles that had been completed before the plant was shuttered. They would be the only Tuckers ever manufactured.

During the early 1950s, a more subdued but still optimistic Tucker tried one more time to develop and market a new kind of car. Before he could pull together all of the necessary financing, however, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He succumbed to the disease in 1956 on the day after Christmas.

Tuckers are now prized by car collectors (around 47 are still known to exist), most of whom are active members of the Tucker Automobile Club of America. Meanwhile, the debate continues over Tucker’s place in automotive history. His detractors still consider him a fraud who tried to pass off what was basically a lemon as “the car of tomorrow.” His fans regard him as a visionary who was brought down by sinister forces with money and power. Others believe the truth lies somewhere in between those two extremes. Even if his ultimate goal was to strike it rich, they argue, he was sincere about his desire to build an exciting, innovative new vehicle that offered a level of comfort, safety, and affordability not available in any other car at the time. What they do fault is his naivete and lack of business sense, which left the Tucker Corporation woefully undercapitalized and in a constant state of financial crisis that doomed it to failure.

Yet as Tucker himself once observed, as quoted in American History Illustrated, no matter what the obstacles, it was unthinkable not to try to make his fantasy come true. “A man who has once gotten automobiles into his blood can never give them up, ” he said. “A man with a dream can’t stop trying to realize that dream…. It’s no disgrace to fail against tough odds if you don’t admit you’re beaten. And if you don’t give up.”

Further Reading

Pearson, Charles T., Preston Tucker: A Biography – The Indomitable Tin Goose (originally published in hardcover as The Indomitable Tin Goose: The True Story of Preston Tucker and His Car), Pocket Books, 1988.

American Film, June 1988, p. 27.

American History Illustrated, July 1980, pp. 18-21; January 1989, pp. 36-41.

Car and Driver, October 1986, pp. 89-93; June 1988, pp. 81-89.

Forbes, September 19, 1988, p. 34.

Harvard Business Review, November-December 1988, pp. 176-177.

People, September 19, 1988, p. 85.

“The 1948 Tucker, ” Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, (March 6, 1998).

“The Tucker Automobile Web Site: ‘Keeping the Legend Online, “‘ The Tucker Automobile Club of America, (April 2, 1998).

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I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I did!

I just LOVE classic cars!


August 1st, 2012 ~ Welcome August!!



Welcome August!!

   I must say, August is definitely my favorite month. It’s right smack dab in the middle of summer, after the hottest part of the year {July 4th},  usually by now I have got a decent tan going on. Not to mention, My birthday is tucked away somewhere in the middle of this month! Summer is always filled with lots of potential, the weather nice & hot, but not too deathly hot. Being Italian, I can usually stand some pretty scorching temperatures, with ease.

   Unfortunately, after June 21st, the the days start getting shorter. Even though it gets hotter & hotter every summer, down here in the true south, & I absolutely LOVE it! I’m a Southern’ Gal, & Lovin’ It. Southern’ Born & Southern’ Raised, with a bit of Fiery Italian Kick. If my Husband & I ever move, I’m gunna miss livin’ in the South where it’s super hot, because it’s so worth it.  I  do love a good, ice & snow covered winter, cold & snow covered for months, yep that’s a nice change of scenery, but I still love me a good hot summer! They balance each other out, well!