It’s that time of year again, that time we talk about how pleasant an outdoor fireplace would be while we search for something to watch on Netflix. As I think I have told you before, this little series is based on “a semi-true story.” I intend to run subsequent episodes over the next few days, or if you have no self control you can go to the GoComics.com archive for November, 2002. “Bringing the heat” is, of course, baseball jargon for a really effective fastball. Or that’s the way it’s been. Now, it might mean something else. The World Series began this week in Los Angeles, where recent temperatures have topped 100 degrees. I’ll bet the players are glad they don’t wear those wool uniforms anymore.