If you watch home renovation shows at all, you will be familiar with the scene. The contractor and homeowners are tearing down walls of a decades-old "craftsman" home. Sledge hammers fly, plaster and drywall crumble as the team works to achieve that open concept the homeowners want so badly. Suddenly, the contractor stops. He holds up a hand -- the homeowners pause and look at him with concern. "That's not good," he says. How much will this cost, whatever it is? Commercial break.
T.S. Eliot said that April is the cruelest month, but football players would argue that August is worse. August is when professional and college football teams begin to train for the upcoming season. They don their safety equipment and exert themselves in sometimes unbearable heat and humidity. Since the death of pro football player Korey Stringer from heat stroke in 2001, teams have been more careful, but with any outdoor physical activity there is always the risk.
It would be hard to believe it's already the end of July if it weren't for all the road construction. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there are currently 12 construction projects in Peoria County alone, causing delays and frustration among drivers. On the really hot days, sitting in traffic is annoying, but most of us are lucky enough to have air conditioning in our vehicles. The construction workers are not so lucky.