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Hotter Than The Surface of Mercury

It only got up to 111 today, and has just dropped down to around 100. Still, going outside was a trial, even though we managed to get most of what we needed to do done before noon.

We bought a pop-up gazebo/shade for the backyard BBQ area, but on getting it up found it had a broken strut. We returned it this morning to find we were apparently not the only ones who had the same problem with that inexpensive, on-sale item. Well. We just got our money back, and looked at more expensive ones at Sears and got one of those today.

Writing blog has been updated.

Have spent most of the day watching DVDs; finished off the last four episodes of The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (so, so very sad they only got one season, although glad they got at least that much -- and they DID wrap up the major story, which I honestly didn't remember), then switched to Classic Who and Doctor Two in The War Games -- my favorite Doctor and two of my favorite companions, the no-nonsense Zoe and the ever-loveable Jamie (looks better in a skirt than all the rest of the Doctor's companions put together. Even Tegan).

Did get one load of laundry done, but it was so hot that hanging up another load just doesn't interest me in the slightest.

Now the wind is kicking up and it's cooling down even further, but the humidity is rising; while 16% doesn't sound like much, you can really, really feel it when the temperature is this high.

Shot from a moving car, so really, not too bad:

I have gotten a bit of new writing done, and I should do some other writing-related things, but Lord, I'm lazy. Thank goodness there's still tomorrow. YAY three day weekends, since I can't believe it's freaking 7:30 already.


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Jul. 4th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
Your heat sounds hideous. ::shudders:: Love the photo.
Jul. 4th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
Beyond appalling. Walking outside is seriously like walking into an oven.

Did you see my post of the other day? I discovered the "sharktopus" came from an old Futurama episode! :D

Jul. 4th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
No! I barely skimmed the surface of lj for all the days I was away. That's too funny. And here I thought the Asylum people were so clever.
Jul. 4th, 2011 04:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was watching a first-season episode and they were checking off the native animals from a doomed planet as they captured them, and second on the list was "Sharktopus." I laughed my butt off!

I knew you'd been out of touch a while because of the conference, so I thought I'd mention it special, since you're my Sharktopus buddy! :D
Jul. 4th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
When I finally come to your house or you to mine, we've definitely got to watch some bad movies together.
Jul. 4th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Definitely! I STILL haven't seen the new one!
Jul. 4th, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
Oh wow... 111?!? We got up over 80 for the first time in 302 days yesterday, but today we just barely pushed over 70. It's been cold enough that there are some crops that are running quite a bit behind (we still don't have local strawberries).

Starting to not look forward to our planned Utah trip later this month... they're in the same weather pattern you guys are in: way too hot!!
Jul. 4th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
Oh, heck, 111 is nothing. It was 118 yesterday. :D

It does look like the storms are going to start rolling in, though. We might have something approaching a normal monsoon season this year, if it's going like this.

Jul. 4th, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
see it sounds like you're describing what I expect hell will be like, shudders.

at least you got to go inside with the a/c and the tv. WTH did those original pioneers do? They were surely more hardy than I
Jul. 4th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
I'm certain every time there's a power outage that we are way, way, WAY weaker than earlier generations. We can't seem to get through a single day without electric devices, and women in bygone days not only did without, but did it while cooking over wood stoves wearing long skirts and petticoats and high collars....

Jul. 4th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
I literally have no idea how they survived it
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:27 am (UTC)
I know! I can't imagine how they did all that. They have my absolute respect.
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
They went to Flagstaff for the summer. :P
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
haha going to the mountain tops sounds good
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:29 am (UTC)
Bleah. Did very little today. Was tired and bummed. Did you know it got to 145 degrees inside Arpaio's Tent City? My god, that's inhumane.

The photo is great, especially from a moving car.
Jul. 4th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this is unbelievable, and yet somehow it happens every year. Bleah.

That is inhumane. I'm rather surprised there aren't men keeling over out there.

I was able to get a few surprisingly good shots from the car!
Jul. 4th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
Gaah. Once it's over 106, it's just too hot, dry heat be damned.

[hugs and iced drinks]
Jul. 4th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
EXACTLY. And Lord, it's humid!

Hugs and Happy 4th!
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