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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The pavement is boiling


The street in front of my house is paved with tar and slag (not the bad slag), and it's bubbling right now.

Looking forward to getting a break from this heat on Saturday.

Posted by Marie at July 18, 2006 3:25 PM


This is my weather.

Posted by: Don Ray at July 18, 2006 6:10 PM

Don Ray, That actually looks very pleasant.

Posted by: Marie at July 18, 2006 6:16 PM

Tar and slag. That sounds nice on a hot day. Like a side street in Purgatory, or maybe an on-ramp to the top level of the Inferno.

Posted by: Dan at July 18, 2006 7:17 PM

(And further, re: slag: "Slag" is also a byproduct of the steelmaking process. The mills used to get rid of it by pouring it red hot into rail tank cars, which would in turn dump the molten material onto slag heaps nearby. I saw a slag train dumping a load in the far South Side of Chicago when I was a kid; it was actually beautiful, like a lava flow.)

Posted by: Dan at July 18, 2006 7:25 PM

Yeah, we have a lot of tarred and slagged streets around here. You definitely don't want to stand still in the street for more than a second or two on a day like this. Not that I would. Well, maybe when I was a kid. But, for the sake of science. Like frying an egg on the sidewalk.

Dan, only a kid would find beauty in a slag dump. Would that have been the Acme Steel plant? I've never been there, but I have seen a pretty cool photo essay of the place after it closed.

Posted by: Marie at July 18, 2006 7:51 PM