The front-page headline on Thursday's print edition of the Riverside Press-Enterprise says it all: "Now aren't you glad that you live here?"
It's a reference to the weather, of course, and it's further emphasized by some of Southern California's recent, unseasonably high temperatures highlighted in red ink and bold 30-point type: Riverside, 85; Hemet, 79; Temecula, 84; Corona, 86.
It says what so many Los Angelenos are either thinking, or posting on our Facebook pages, much to the disgust of our friends in cooler climates.
Is it gloating? Perhaps. But it might also be a bit of payback for all those times a news correspondent from someplace like New York City has delighted in degrading Los Angeles for being weather-challenged.
Not that we wish any ill will on our friend Charlie. He's a talented writer, an affable guy, and, no doubt, very, very sorry at this moment that he ever left LA.
Meanwhile, headlines at the UCLA student newspaper, The Daily Bruin, on Thursday were all about LA's "heat wave," with stories explaining how some student athletes are having to adjust their training regimens because of the high temperatures.
Ah, to live and gloat in LA.
-- TJ Sullivan