May 10, 200610:26 AMThe Life
Let the sweating begin
May 10, 2006 - 10:26 AMUnmistakable Harbinger of Summer: the mist-cooling systems have been activated on the patios of many local eateries. If you're from a northern climate—like me—you look at these outdoor nozzles, spewing forth huge white clouds of what looks like steam, and wonder: "Why is this restaurant parboiling its customers? Is it some sort of desert fetish behavior that wasn't mentioned in the guidebooks?"