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I can feel depression all around, and the reason is an August heat driving my electric bill into next year. The solution — a weekend away from the homestead where I can keep cool on someone else's buck.

It's been too long since I've had ice cream, and Saturday is the time to correct that. Any confectionery establishment will do, though I prefer the DQ, 3580 Macon Road. A cookies 'n cream blizzard will go nicely with the current heat wave beating its force upon the good men and women of this city.

Make sure you sit indoors while enjoying your dessert. Or, if you're smoothie enough, you can sneak your sugary treat into a movie theater. I, myself, am strongly contemplating seeing "Daddy Day Camp," a no-doubt laughter-filled romp with some quality acting and directed by none other than Fred Savage of "The Wonder Years" fame. Really, I don't make this stuff up. If this movie doesn't make you long for the cinematic genius of films such as "The Bad News Bears," then nothing will.

And finally, wrap up your weekend with a visit to the Joseph House Art Gallery, 828 Broadway. It's 2-5 p.m. Sunday, features air conditioning and is rumored to contain a free reception. Put your leather boots on and head on down.

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