is the first question people ask around here when it gets hot which I could see being a reasonable question if this was Phoenix.. but it's not. It's Portland where mostly the summers have that Camelot like quality of warm dry days and cooler breezy nights. We get a few times a year of hot days that stay that way all night long and then I don't cope too well.
Last night I'd intended to visit my favorite blogs and perhaps do a post but the laptop was hot. Once I'd answered those kind enough to leave comments I just had to shut it down.
How comfortable we've become in our climate controlled environments, eh? Even though we knew thirty years ago the dangers of huge parking lots, sealed buildings and giant gas guzzling cars you just have to look around wherever you live to see that nothing was done.
They could very easily have built all the mall parking lots underground. They could have used the extra land for trees, ponds, play areas or just left it as wilderness for crying out loud. There could have been windows that open, fans in the ceilings, indoor recirculating waterfalls and fountains or maybe just buckets of ice cubes for shoppers to stick their feet in. I don't just mean malls either since a paradigm shift in our thoughts about climate then would have changed everything.
I don't know anything but that the temperature's going up to 103 again for the next few days and no, I don't have air. I don't want air. I think part of the reason it's so unusually hot is because we're keeping every indoor environment at 68-72 degrees no matter what's going on outside and that's likely not good for us and certainly isn't good for the planet.
Sorry, I'm grumpy because I can't wear my usual urban black camoflage gear right now. A couple of years ago I bought some white linen clothes just in case I got to take that trip to see the pyramids but when I put them on yesterday morning I felt like I was wearing pj's and had to change.
Ah well, this too shall pass. I'll be at work and since it's a hospital it's very cool there but I'd rather be outside under a tree near a babbling brook. Wouldn't we all?
(artwork by Virgil Finlay)