The recent heat wave that sent temperatures soaring into the 90's and 100's across the Southland meant only one thing for the crowd at Our Favorite Starbucks: A visit from the Dignified Walking Lady. Known for wearing the "coolest" possible outfits in the warmest possible weather, the Dignified Walking Lady has become something of a local enigma. I caught up with her recently and, as usual, she looked like she was ready for a cruise to Ice Station Zebra. She wore a heavy, woolen coat (buttoned to her neck), a scarf tied around her head to protect her ears, leather gloves, dark sunglasses and a floppy hat. "Hi there," I said, "What a scorcher, eh?" "Hello," she replied. I tried another approach: "They're predicting record high temperatures today, isn't that great?" It didn't work. As usual, she simply smiled, nodded and continued along her merry way. Dignified, yes, but something tells me that underneath all those layers of wool, she's sweating like a pig ...!