Tuesday, June 23, 2009

HOTTER THAN BLAZES!

I know, I know. What an obvious subject for tonight's blog. But, really, are you frickin' kidding me??? Now, I look forward to summer as much as the other guy and, yes, it did seem like we were having April weather at the beginning of June. Every other person you talked to was complaining that it didn't seem like summer would ever come. Well, it came alright, in spades! The last couple of days (and plenty more coming in the next few weeks) we're having the dead of August heat and the dreaded humidity. Yikes!!!

It's always amazing to me when the weather man says we haven't had a day like this since and follows with a reference to...1931. I'm always sceptical about those stats. Are they actual statistics or do they make those things up to somehow show us that days like these happened before, so we don't ponder the real cause...what we have done to our atmosphere. Don't you think that maybe, just maybe, the gas emissions from our cars, chemicals with which we have contaminated our waterways, general disregard for our planet over the last century or two (and the list goes on) don't you think that's been part of our strange climate changes? I didn't see Al Gore's documentary on global warning and I'm no scientific expert, but it does give one pause.
Don't you think?

All I know is today, the second day of the beginning of summer, I could barely make it around the block with my dog at 7:30 a.m. when I thought it would be the coolest time in the day to get my morning constitutional. I was dead wrong. It might have been comparatively cooler than the ninety degrees we ended with, but I could hardly put one foot in front of the other as my dog and I rounded the last corner. It was so oppressive that my husband said that when he came home he could see that there was a garbage man who had gotten out of his truck and was sitting in the ditch! " Those trucks do not have AC," my husband said when I had a bewildered look on my face. "I guess the poor guy was somewhat delirious. There was quite a group around him making sure he was alright."

Oh, yeah. It was hot, alright. I understand why they make it a point to tell people to make sure their animals aren't out for too long and that they have plenty of water. And then, of course, we have to be aware of the elderly and the fact that they are going to have more difficulty just breathing in this heat. I know about that one because, as I've said in one of my earlier Blogs, "I is one!" So take refuge in the air conditioned house or workplace or church or whatever. What ever has to be done outside, it can wait till the weather is more conducive to outdoor activities.
After all, it's hotter than blazes, haites, or H-E double hockey sticks out there!

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