“There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.” - Raymond Chandler, Red Wind The heat is on... I put a basin of dishwater over the car and I think I saw steam coming from the roof. I'm remembering scenes from old movies where the character stands beside an open fridge door to cool down.