End the War on Summer

southern-tier-pumking-940The weather today is 81º and sunny. It is pretty much as perfect an August day as you can wish for and yet, forces are battling against summer.

Pumpkin beers have already hit the shelves. Even as one of the most wonderful summers in recent memory rolls on, friends are already bragging about finishing their first bomber of Southern Tier Pumking. But it’s August, why are we rushing towards fall? A trip to the beer store this weekend featured such a display of orange and black, I thought it was opening night for the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. I was looking to stock up for a sunny rooftop party, not a hayride. The summer’s hot selling Hell or High Watermelon was banished to a back corner, forgotten like so much Bud Light Straw-ber-rita. Only a single sixtel of Boulder’s Kinda Blue Blueberry Wheat kept our party in keeping with the calendar.

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10 Philly Fitness Activities You Have to Try Before Summer Ends

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Yoga at Race Street Pier

I’m sorry to burst your summer-lovin’ bubble, but sadly we’ve only got about a month left of this wonderful warm weather and all the good stuff that comes along with it: beach trips, hot summer runs, ice cream trucks everywhere you look.

If you’ve spent the majority of your summer swinging on a hammock, eating water ice and enjoying the weather, that is completely acceptable (and I am totally green with envy), but it’s officially time to abandon the hammock and get moving: We’ve got 10 outdoor activities best enjoyed in warmer weather that we think you absolutely shouldn’t miss. Happy sweating, folks!

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DJ Carl Michaels Presents: 10 Contenders for Song of Summer 2014

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“Where’s the song of the summer?!”

That is what I keep hearing from people lately, people who say there just isn’t that one song that’s defining summer 2014.

While I’ll admit the season hasn’t been quite as rife with the arsenal of catchy hits we had last year, there are probably about 30 new “song of summer 2014″ contenders I could rattle off for you. I have managed to keep dancefloors full with a variety of under- and above-ground tracks that have become my summer anthems.

I’ve taken a few minutes to list both the pop anthems and some more off-kilter choices that have been moving me. Now take this list and run to the beach, the pool, the nightclub—anywhere you plan to enjoy the rest of your summer. Now you’ve got some great tunes to close out the season.

You can find the playlist on Spotify, or enjoy each track in the videos and playlist after the jump. I’m interested to hear your picks for song of summer 2014. Leave some suggestions in the comment section below. 

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Guide To the Jersey Shore Guides

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Diving Horse | Photo by Jason Varney

It’s Friday, the ocean is calling your name, it’s going to be absolutely beautiful both today and tomorrow. Leave work now. The Internet has spoken, and here’s all you’ll need to know about where and what to eat this weekend. Read more »

The Edit: 8 Mini Skirts to Wear During Hot Weather

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If this hot, sticky weather has you in a style rut (no, a clutch doesn’t double as a hand-fan), don’t fret: Mini skirts are the freshest way to stay cool and bare some leg when the temperatures soar. But before you start stressing about the implications of wearing a mini in the city, the new polished iterations pair just as nicely with a structured blazer as they do with an oversized tee (the ultimate warm weather outfit). So, rather than cowering in the air conditioning until September, snag one of these effortlessly chic minis and show off those gams with pride.

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6 Science-Backed Reasons to Embrace Your Sweaty Self

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I’m sure you don’t need me to remind you, but we are in the middle of a serious heat wave. With temps in the city crawling up to triple-digits today, plus humidity, anyone who steps foot outside for more than a few minutes is bound to be a sweaty, sticky mess. I, for one, am no fan of the heat. This is my first summer in Philly, and I’m thoroughly accustomed to the Northern way of receding into air conditioning until there’s snow on the ground. Turning into a sweaty disaster on my five-minute walk to the train is a brand-new phenomena for me, and one that I’m not exactly loving.

But did you know that all that sweat is actually healthy? Here, I found six science-backed reasons that being a sweaty pig actually is good for you. (Just don’t forget to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!) It sure isn’t going to transform me into a summer-lover, but it might help me sleep just the tiniest bit better in my unairconditioned apartment tonight. In the meantime, if you have an igloo I can borrow, let me know.  Read more »

10 Places to Mooch Free Air Conditioning in Philadelphia

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It was Thomas Jefferson who famously wrote that the core of American identity rides on the preservation of life, liberty and the ability to blast every cell in our sickly bodies with frigid artificial air the second the weather gets slightly hot. But what Jefferson failed to consider when penning his seminal treatises (note to stoned high-school students: He didn’t actually write that, head elsewhere to plagiarize) was just how much the cost of energy would rise along with the republic.

Not sure what kind of setup T-Jeff had at Monticello, but it was likely more efficient than the junkbox ‘80s-era window units most of us rely on to chill our sweatbox South Philly apartments. There’s no more defeating feeling than swimming through sauna-like, ice-on-neck surroundings, only to be steamrolled by an insane PECO bill whose total resembles Chase Utley’s batting average (good Chase, we mean). What’s a stinky, sticky, sans-central-air citizen to do?

Mooch off other peoples’ AC, of course.

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WWE SummerSlam Heatwave Tour Coming to the Wildwoods

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Wildwood is going to be rumbling in a few weeks when it hosts World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)’s Live SummerSlam Heatwave Tour at in the Convention Center’s Oceanfront Arena.

Fighters scheduled to attend are John Cena, Sheamus (pictured, above), Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Daniel Bryan, The USO’s, Big E, and Bad News Barrett.

Tickets to the event are only $15 a pop, and can be purchased here.

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