June 28, 2013
Life Above 100 Degrees -- or it's a Dry Heat
7 a.m. -- meet friends for walk on Central Avenue bridal path which actually has shade trees. One of the few paths in Phoenix that one can walk in the summer. I never understood how important trees were until I moved to Phoenix. Had a mostly shady walk for about an hour, but by end of walk need to dump my remaining water on my head. Got into car and immediately turned on air conditioning. (All anyone has to do in Phoenix is tell you the air conditioner is on the blink in his or her car and you will be nice to them the rest of the day cause you feel so sorry for them.)
on facebook cause what better way to waste time?
Noon: I see my friend Stella has posted photos of Paris (See photo below) Lucky girl! She posts photos of gorgeous old buildings that house famous paintings, and other lovely places, but all I can think about when looking at the photos is that it looks cool in France. There are clouds. There is green grass. And I imagine Stella strolling around, outside, without a hat, maybe not even water, and she's not sweating. Looked at more photos people have posted on Facebook and everything looks so much, well, pleasant. I feel as if I'm living on the sun. Decide to turn off computer and eat. Because I'm not in Paris, I eat a cold salad and not a fancy pastry or glass of red wine.
4.p.m. Get dressed for work.
11 p.m. or so...Arrive home from work. Still hot, but at least no sun! I try to avoid using exclamination points but it's just so nice for the sun to be gone for a few hours. End my day by telling myself there is one good thing about the heat. You don't have to shovel it. I remember this Chicago snow storm from 1967. I think I'll just stare at this photo a little longer, makes me feel downright chilly without having to do the shoveling.