Happy Fourth, and greetings from Connecticut, where I'm here with SnarkSister Molly and SnarkBrother Joe Weiner.

It's hot here. And buggy. My mother does not believe in central air, so there are many fans strategically situated throughout the house. As far as I can tell, they're just moving hot air back and forth. She had the cartilage in her knee replaced a few weeks ago, so she's limping around. My brother does a funny buck-and-wing with her bargain-basement metal cane.