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Too Hot

It's too hot to be smart these days, so I"m getting by on muscle memory and hope.  We aren't sleeping well, the fan on, the blankets off, the whine of the freeway in the distance.  The tomatoes on the deck wilt despite twice a day watering, and this in a time of drought.  The floor seems hot.  Even now in my office, I'm sweating, and it's only 8.01 am.

I know I'm a big complainer about heat, but I was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and we only used to endure about five hots days and nights a summer.  We'd sit out in the twilight until past bedtime, the mosquitoes buzzing our heads.  We'd drink precious and rare Coca Colas and the house was alive until dawn, people walking around, unable to believe that it was actually night, the house so warm.  Finally, my parents bought a big metal box fan and we'd argue over which room got it, the whine and the wind putting us to sleep.

But now there are more than five intolerably hot days per summer, and if it weren't for global warming, my conscience,  the price, and the looks I'd get from my environmentally savvy friends, I'd put in an air conditioning unit. 

How does anyone get anything done in, say, Phoenix?  We can't always be in air conditioning.  There have to be moments of movement out in the heat.  How is it possible?  I can barely imagine getting into my car in that constant heat, though the car is likely the only place to be because it has air conditioning.

My sons complain about the damp in the Northwest, so I propose a middle ground.  Maybe Coos Bay, Oregon, as the place to live from now on.  I can imagine it now:  cool fog winds, the moistness on my face, the air cold in my lungs.

Jessica

 

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I can't take it either!!

I just heard about this thing that you put in your roof that sucks all the hot air out.. maybe an alternate to A/C? And I DO think that people in Arizona and other hot states basically live in air conditioned buildings all the time.

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I had one of those

fans in my Orinda house and it worked.  But I'm just not prepared any more for hot!!!

J

Jessica Barksdale Inclan www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com

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Hot flushes and cold cramps

Just to make you feel a little better, Jessica, the South Coast of England is wet and cold under billowing charcoal clouds. We've eaten out on the patio once this summer and that wasn't a spectacular day. What global warming here means is winters of incessant rain, month after month of wading through mud to exercise the canine in the environment he loves best and was born to: the country. My wardrobe these days in severely lacking in chic and confined mainly to trawler gear.

Today, I relented and turned on the central heating for a couple of hours, just to take the damp out of the air. I've also used the light-box for the first time since last winter while I've been working. It's cheaper than a month in The Seychelles! 

 

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Okay, so let's find

Okay, so let's find somewhere in the middle of all of this, too.  We can meet in New York?  Hot there.  What about somewhere in Canada?

Yikes.  I guess there is always some kind of weather that is bothersome.

J

Jessica Barksdale Inclan www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com

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Lots of cold showers.

Coos Bay sounds great.  How come the world has perimenopausal symptoms at the same time I do?

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Because the universe loves

Because the universe loves irony.

Coos Bay.

MINI road trip?

J

Jessica Barksdale Inclan www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com