Yep. It’s Summer.

The past couple of weeks have given us a few “scorchers” up here in New Jersey. I think the only person not complaining about the heat is History Geek and that’s because he points out that he grew up not too far away from the Gulf of Mexico, spent time living out in Arizona, and then lived in a country not known for having air conditioning in every building. Oh, he’s got AC at his place now but mostly because the guy and his room-mate have about five computers between them.

So, all of the rest of us who are normal and actually think that 90° on the Fahrenheit scale is “hot” are looking for ways to beat the heat. Me? I like to go to water parks. No, really, I do. I don’t get the same giddy screaming thrill from the rides that you humans do — not sure why that is but I am certain that one of the Space Aces will explain it to me at length — but I enjoy hanging around the venues nonetheless.

Why? Well, have you people seen the looks on your faces when you’re on those rides? That alone makes the trip worth the effort. Then there’s the free food. People at water parks drop enough food on the ground in a single day for me and the Mrs. to eat for a month. Also, free baths are awesome. And, it beats hanging out at the Nest complaining about the heat and boredom.

There’s only one downside to water parks and that’s the fact that cameras and water don’t really mix well. So, I’m now in the market for a waterproof camera. I’ve managed to narrow it down to three but am having trouble picking out the best one.

There’s the Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 that looks pretty good. Affordable, durable, and feature-packed. You can get great pictures with it, film HD movies — the works. But then there’s the Nikon Coolpix AW100 that is also very nice, very durable, and feature-loaded. And, if those two weren’t enough of contenders by themselves, there’s the Canon PowerShot D20. Honestly, what’s a bird to do? I’m going out of my mind here trying to decide between these three cameras. If you could give me some advice in the comments or vote in the poll over on our Facebook page, that would really help me out a lot!

— da Bird