Tuesday, July 19, 2005

I'm Mr Heat-Miser, I'm Mr Sun...

(So, can you place the song snippet from the title?)

Mid July.
Thermometer: 95 degrees F.
Humidity: mid 90%.
Air conditioning: absent. (cue the tragic organ music)

Poor Charles. He really has a hard time with heat and humidity. Must be that thick Canadian blood. His mother is even more miserable in such conditions. Having the A/C break the night before last did not make him Mr Happy, although he valiantly tried to hide the fact. Thankfully, the heaven-sent A/C fixer guy was able to come out yesterday and partially fix it. Fixed it so cool air flows from the vents, even though the fan must stay on, having jury-rigged something bypassing something else. He promised to return today and finish the fixing. (mutter-something-mutter-circuit board short-mutter-water damage from leak-mutter). Cost? Doesn't matter as we can't live without it any more than we can live without oxygen, In fact, given the choice, I believe Charles would prefer to die cool, de-oxygenated, and gasping for breath than hot, oxygenated, and gasping for breath. He probably has a point.

Yes, I too, found it unpleasant, but heat does not bother me as much. A case in point: In the way-back days, when I was a high-school cross-country runner, I always did best in races involving hills and heat. I felt miserable, just not as miserable as most everyone else. Not sure what that says about me.

Obviously, this makes for some vacation destination disagreements. My idea of nirvana? Sun, sand, warmth, drinks with little umbrellas, arrived at by plane, naturally. I thought Hawaii was marvelous and considered, quite seriously, just not getting back on the plane, the one time we went. OK, some of that may have been because returning involved going back to work as a 2nd year medical resident, but hey, Hawaii has residency programs, yes?

Charles nixed that thought in a heartbeat.

His idea of a perfect vacation? Cool, some clouds would be fine, beer, not a speck of humidity. In short: Ireland or Iceland or maybe Finland? How is Finnish beer? That would factor in. Bavaria would probably work nicely. Or Belgium. To be fair, I too, would love to go to any of these places and hoist a beer, but would also place the Greek Isles high on that list (yes, Portugal, too, dahling). As he seriously would rather walk to his destiny than fly (not exaggerating here, nope), even these trips will be hard. Poor guy.

So there we are. At an impasse. But with central air. So all is well in our world.

Oh, I forgot. I have a correction to make. In the last post, I said Colin had caught a carp when, in fact, it was a catfish. My deepest apologies to the catfish for the slight. It won't happen again. Maybe.

Finally, I really need to keep a camera in the car, as we were forced to stop and honk at one of these blocking the 2 lane county road this morning on the way in to work. I am not shittin' you. She meandered off toward a clump of trees across the road from a secluded drive, where she presumably lives. I had caught a glimpse of her last fall but had convinced myself I hallucinated her. It is fun to prove yourself right to yourself. Charles maintained that he believed me all along. Good man.

Maybe she was looking for the llama.

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Blogger Mojavi said...

I am totally in agreement with you. Heat, sun, and cute men bringing me drinks with little umbrellas....

cool bird, most we get in Kansas is a cardinal.

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your disparency in climate likes could be from your respective placed of birth--Phoenix vs. Toronto. In utero you experienced 113 degrees without benefit of swimming pool. Oh, there was one at the apartment, but not for expectant mothers. This same swimming-less pool status prevailed for your sister before her earthly appearance. Only her choice of birthplace was central Japan which is approximately the same as Wisconsin in temperment.

The Ole RF-er

2:05 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Mojavi- Amen, sistah! I am also very fond of the cardinals.

Dad- Probably accounts for it. (psst: He was born in Ottawa rather than Toronto. He will probably tease you "aboot" this.)

2:15 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

A runaway peahen? There’s plenty of people around who keep them as pets (sort of. Show animals maybe?). So I believe it too. I’ve never seen a peahen out and about in the wild, but I have seen a pheasant. they are pretty majestic too.

I hate the humidity too. I never hated it until I had kids. It’s just more evidence that motherhood has thoroughly kicked my ass.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Gerah said...

Still no central air, over here. We're tough Michiganders, we are! Coulda been a pioneer woman!

(Okay, we've got AC in the bedrooms. House is shaded. But still.)

I'm with you on the vacation destinations. Warm, sunny, cool drinks, long airplane ride.

3:13 PM  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

Ooh, isn't that a Rudolph show? Not the first one, obviously, but the 2nd one? I vaguely remember it. Or maybe it was the Kris Kringle one. I don't remember. Dang it.

Sun bad. Heat bad. Humidity horrible. One of the benefits (excuse me while I snort horribly over my choice of this word) of being overweight is the fact that I am rarely ever cold. 20 degrees outside (Farenheit, don't try to make me calculate Celsius. It confuses me), I'm walking around with my thin coat unzipped and wet hair.

Portugal was lovely in April. It was about 50 or 60 degrees and I adored it. Maybe a bit warmer since I managed to get sunburned and lectured for not wearing sunscreen. I think that Charles would enjoy it because there is beer, apparently, and it is not overly hot. At least it wasn't then. I don't even want to know what the temperature is there now.

It hit over 100 here last week. That is just so wrong.

Cute bird. I like birds. And obviously I'm going to have to start reading your archives because a llama is just cool.

3:57 PM  
Blogger moegirl said...

I can relate. My husband is the same hailing from Alaska. He doesn't mind flying, but no way would he go somewhere warm for vacation. He says he prefers to avoid "the burning hot death orb"- or as us normal people know it "the sun"

4:59 PM  
Blogger The Lioness said...

Not too hot here, I still sleep in my socks. But then I do that unless it's REALLY hot.

Diana, we could always fly away together, I second the dream holiday, absolutely! Finland has loads of mosquitos, FYI. As in, LOADS. Charles and I will get along so well. I can stand fans but am allergic to A/C. get a fever, sneeze, tremble and am too cold. Yup, a great friendhisp in the making.

And am not talking to you till you learn to take the cam w you. *SIGH*

6:53 PM  
Blogger Rozanne said...

"Cool, some clouds would be fine, beer, not a speck of humidity. In short: Ireland or Iceland or maybe Finland?"

That would be Portland up until a few days ago. I know you know that, but I have to laud and magnify PDX whenever I see an opportunity to do so.

I'll bet that peahen is a pet, too. They are native to places like India and Sri Lanka. Are you sure it wasn't a partridge or a grouse?

6:57 PM  
Blogger K said...

Giddy, shrieking thank-yous for the thing that arrived in the mail today, Di. And by that I mean the card and the lovely hand-written message, of course. Mom & Dad are, per usual, mid-freakout, but I retain my manners and pledge to use it wisely and well: in pubs.

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Kismet said...

Humidity.....more ugh

I have central air and I live in Oregon where we never (except this week) get much heat. I can't live without it. The Spousal? He RUNS in the 90 degree heat, he LIKES it.

Gawd, I need a beverage.


12:33 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Teri- I've heard of palacial estates keeping peacocks on the lawn, but not that they are somewhat common as pets. Wisconsiners. Live and learn. It must be a pet to have survived the winter. We have do have oodles of pheasants and wild turkeys in these parts.

Gerah- You pioneer woman, you! Even if your house is sitting under a solid cover of trees, it won't stop the humidity. Glad to hear you at least have the a/c in the bedroom.

Dana- Ding! Ding! Ding! Yes, one of those stop motion holiday specials form the 70s. "The Year Without a Santa Claus", in fact, where poor depressed Santa nearly chucks Christmas until the 2 spunky elves convince him to believe in the Christmas spirit. For some reason, there are also 2 squat bickering brothers, the Heat-Miser and the Cold-Miser, who battle for the weather. There must have been something about not having a white Christmas, too. Such dreck, yet watch them I do. The songs stay with me, which I consider a curse.

Stacy- Somehow, when yours and mine meet, I see much bonding.

Johnny- You and Charles would not do well sharing quarters. For some odd reason, he wants the heat set at 75 in the winter and the a/c set to cool to 70 in the summer. Yes, he wants it warmer in the winter than the summer. We battle with the thermostat. I prefer 68 in the winter and 78 in the summer, but I was raised in the Carter era. "Put on a sweater, and set it at 65" was the rule in our house. It would be fun to do a joint vacation at some point.

Rozanne- One of the myriad reasons why I read your blog obsessively is to hear about the latest happenings in Portland. Plug away. And, yes, absolutely sure it was a peahen. It was about 2-3 times as large as our female ring necked pheasants, one of which we passed about 100 yards past the peahen. Maybe they were meeting up? She also had those 4 dingle ball things on her head (crown?), unlike a quail, (which is smaller and has the one long droopy thing sticking up) and looked just like the picture. Her bearing was tres regal.

K- Thank God! I should have stipulated that it was only to be put to good use and not squandered on textbooks or fees. Pubs certainly fall into the Good Use category.

Kismet- He RUNS in 90 degree weather? Is he insane? Clearly so. That's why God created treadmills and TV or dawn and dusk. (shaking head)

8:57 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

Carter era. Sweaters. Check. My husband likes it cooler than I do, which is amazing to me. I never set the heat over 68 – unless it’s REALLY windy outside. (We have a leaky house.) He frequently turns it down. The AC at our house only goes on if the humidity is high (dew point in the mid 60s or higher). I don’t mind the heat so much, until it gets up around 100.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Cagey said...

re:subject title - I LOVE that song. Of course,now I will be going to bed with that going through my brain.

re:vacations - I am with your husband on this one. I can think of nothing more boring than sitting on a beach and sweating. I would rather stay home.:-)

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

D, You must not remember when you were 5, 6 and living in IL. You hated the heat and humidity. You hated the wind and the cold. I noticed because you were not usually a complaining child. I tracked your comfort range as a narrow 60-75 F. Isn't it great how people get to change as they grow? Must have been your running, up hill, in the heat, both ways. JG À

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(singing) It was a year without a Santa Claus...

Ahhhh, second only to Nestor in great Christmas shows.

Someone, somewhere, has a picture of me in full red face paint, red, spiked hair, and a shirt that appeared to have flames on it. From Halloween, years past (my best friend was SnowMiser).


12:12 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Teri- Your husband and my dad...

Cagey- It certainly is not the worst of those songs. I find myself humming it at odd times. Have you started amassing your collection for the Little Freeloader?

Mum- I think I was a little old lady as a kid. Life is good for toughening one up, fortunatly. I do recall that Gail seemed to lack any sort of temperature gene, wearing her swimsuit in the cold and such. And, yes, all those cross country courses were uphill every way.

Christine- Now THAT is a costume idea! I have yet to see Nestor the Christmas Donkey. I rank that as one of my 10 great acheivements.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Udge said...

38°C = 101°F in Bavaria yesterday, not really better than Wisconsin :-( But the beer is excellent.

11:50 AM  
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