“If you looked out your front window and saw a squirrel stretched out spread-eagle and motionless on your lawn, you’d likely think it met some untimely end. Really, though, it’s probably just splooting.” And if your weather has been anything like mine lately, you’ve probably tried it, too. Bay Area squirrels are splooting amid recent heat wave.

+ Finally, happy birthday to my virtual officemate and part time proofer, RD, who I’ve known since we were neighbors and treehouse hooligans on the mean streets of San Rafael.