Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Summer of 80

The temperature yesterday reached about 109. That is hot, but I've seen worse. I was reminded me of the summer of 1980 with record highs for a long period of the summer. We were living in Dallas. Bo was just turning a year old. We drove an old Dodge pick-up without an air conditioner. We would put Bo in his car seat, and he would just hang limply with sweat running down his little face. Around the middle of June, my mom was flying in to DFW from some school related trip. I picked her up at the airport and continued to drive to Wichita Falls. Our plan was to spend the night and get up the next morning to drive to Red River where my dad was already spending the summer. We got to WF about 5 PM and it was 115 degrees. There was no way we could get her house cooled off for the night. We just got back in the car and kept driving towards the cool mountains.

The heat seems to zap my strength and take away my "want to." Yesterday after I drove home from WF, I just wanted to do nothing. Today, I have lots to do to catch up from my one day away. Maybe I will post more later, but I need to hit it hard.

10 comments:

GUYK said...

Yep. I remember the dawg days of July and August in Oklahoma and North Texas. And I also remember getting burnt while sitting under a shade tree..even the wind is hot.

One of the good things about Florida and the heat and humidity..if there is any breeze at all it is several degrees cooler in the shade.

Buck said...

The heat seems to zap my strength and take away my "want to."

Ya, heat takes it right out of me, too. TSMP and I arrived in OKC in July of '83, after spending three years in England, where it NEVER got hotter than about 85 degrees. We were simply overwhelmed by the heat, which was just hellish compared to London. We never did get used to it, either.

P-Ville ain't the mountains, but it's always cool at night (65, or so) due to the altitude. That one fact alone makes up for a lot of other short-comings, including the odd 100-degree day we have now and then.

Inquiries said...

It's HOT! I hate the hot.

Bag Blog said...

Come on, Ashley, get off the fence and tell us how you really feel.

Buck, I think I need a trip to Calgary or Aberdeen or the mountains.

guyk, I have lived in McAllen, TX which is similar to FL. I liked it, but I missed the change of seasons - fall leaves, winter snow, etc.

Becky said...

Heat just drains you. All energy, all motivation, all desire to move whatsoever is gone. Bring on fall!

The Friendly Neighborhood Piper said...

Yep, that HHH is sounding really fun right now...if your an incubus.

Fire Fox said...

It's way too hot to do anything Lou! Sit under the sprinkler,in the kiddie pool, (filled with ice cubes!) just don't overdo it! We get alot of calls for heat stroke/exhaustion... don't make me worry about you! Time for you and Jesse to come east for a visit! The beach was nice today... cool ocean breezes.... a welcome relief to the high temps we've had for several weeks... but nothing like you folks are getting... PHEW!!!

Towanda said...

Hi Lou.
Just getting caught up on reading everyone's blogs since I got back from my vacation last week. I love all your stories ... we get to live so many experiences of your current and past life through your story telling.
I am one who absolutely HATES the heat. We spent 9 years in San Antonio and 28 years in Kansas, and to me the heat got worse year after year.
This summer in New Mexico has been the first summer in almost 40 years that I didn't feel wiped out with heat and humidity. When I hear the occasional person say they like the heat, I just shake my head...impossible for me to relate.

Knit and fall back in it said...

I think we are going to get a bit of a break in the weather for the next few days. Looks like the highs will be in the low-mid 90s for the rest of the week.

Seems odd to be excited about low-mid 90s, but I am.

Anonymous said...

.... 115 degrees?.... good god, woman.... that is HOT....

Eric