It’s nearly mid-October. Halloween pumpkins are stacked high at my local Pavillions. Yesterday I was thinking about dropping off a couple of sweaters at Holloway Cleaners. And today it’s 98 degrees with the same expected for tomorrow. Even for Los Angeles this is way out of the realm of normal. 2015 has proven to be, in fact, the hottest year on record. Which is largely the fault of China, India and American climate-change deniers (Republicans, corporate whores, hinterland yokels). I’ll tell you whose fault this definitely isn’t — i.e., mine. I sit around and write all day, and whenever I go anywhere locally I prefer my bicycle or scooter to the car.