Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The one where it's w-a-y too hot to think happy thoughts.

          "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
                     ~ Harry S. Truman, United States President

        "Guess what, Harry?  I can't stand the heat."
                     ~ Wendy J. St. Christopher, Artist  

As a barely-teen, I was abruptly transplanted from the snow-covered, urban wonderland of Wisconsin to the steamy-hot, urban landscape of South Texas.

Hot electrical tower image by Wendy J St Christopher
'Power Station - Hot' from
Before that time, I was sure 100+ degree heat was something that only happened in science fiction stories -- or in one of my favorite episodes of The Twilight Zone. (scroll down to watch the episode)

Yikes -- 100 degrees!  That couldn't happen in the real world, could it?

Silly, silly, me.

It's hot in my host city.  It's dripping with humidity hot.

It's heatwaves rising tsunami-like from the pavement hot.  It's burning soles of your feet, through your shoes, hot.

It's never have a good hair day hot; I'll never pry this shirt from my back hot.

It's waterproof mascara-melting hot.

It's 'do I smell bacon or have I been outside too long?' hot.

It's running through hell wearing gasoline shorts hot.

Yes, it's that hot.  Actually, it's this hot --

Burning hot southern landscape image by Wendy J St Christopher
'Southern Extremes', available at, from $32 US.

Relocating from Wisconsin to South Texas meant trading 9 months of cold for 9 months of heat.  A meteorological 'opposite day', as it were.

Years later, I am still not amused.  I am, however, very, very . . .   . . . well, you get the picture.  ;-)

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If you've read this far, you deserve the promised episode of 'The Twilight Zone'.  Your computer or other internet-capable device must be compatible with YouTube to view.  Enjoy!

Oops!  I'm sorry to report that CBS has removed episodes of 'The Twilight Zone' from YouTube.

You can still watch the episode -- The Midnight Sun -- on, at this link -

Signing off at 4:50 a.m.
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  1. Laughing ... loved this post. I can't imagine the shock you went through!! I've been around the Washington DC area all my life, so we may not reach quite Texas's heat numbers, or if we do, we don't stay there as long, but I think our humidity and bad-hair days would rival even yours. Not fun. I'm with you. Bring on the chill!!! GREAT images .. I especially love Southern Extremes. Will be saving this and clicking in on the Twilight Zone episode later.

    1. Hi, Lois -- I'm so glad you enjoyed this crazy Hot post! You wouldn't believe how hot it is, even now, at 8 p.m. It's unnatural, I say!!! ;-) I'll have to wait till December or January for any REAL chill, but things should become a bit less hellish by mid-to-late October. C'mon 85 degree days!

      Do watch and enjoy the TZ episode -- I'm a total Twilight Zone fanatic. When I was six or seven years old, I was certain Rod Serling was on my potential 'Someday Awesome Husband' list. He made me want to be a writer . . . and to wear cool suits with thin ties. I can see it now --

      'The Rod Serling Collection: Sophisticated Menswear . . . For Discerning Women ;-)

  2. Sooo, you're saying it' LOL! I am with you there. I'm a Pacific Northwesterner, born and raised. I'm pretty sure I'd melt in triple digits. Especially the rare triple digits that we get here coupled with the kind of humidity that Lois was talking about. Feels like your lungs are in a vice grip just taking a step outside. No thanks. Bring on fall, I say!

    1. Hi, April!

      That's what I'm sayin'!

      "It's a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do."
      ~ Walter Winchell