Saturday, September 25, 2010

Is it fall yet?

It’s been a lazy past couple of days. I can’t blame the weather—much. It’s 102 degrees F at the moment. Supposed to get to 106 on Monday.

Sigh.

I grew up in the 70s, the time of giant afros, bell-bottoms and Disco Duck, sure, but also the time of ecology, oil embargos, and burgeoning awareness of energy conservation, so I feel guilty turning on my A/C and often make do with cold showers, colder drinks, and fans. But today, I bit the bullet and turned it on, not only because it’s so freaking hot, but I don’t want any distractions. I want to finish The Reckoning Flames. I really, really want to finish it, and me flopping about, miserable and kvetching about the temperature won’t help. (I don’t understand this “suffering for your art” hornswaggle. If I lived broiling—or freezing—in a garrette, I wouldn’t get a word written. Get a job to pay the bills and instead of watching TV in the evening, write. Problem solved.)

Anyway, so the air is on, my tea is iced, and I’m diving right back into Rabbit’s trials and tribuations after this blog break. And while there have been no geese flying south for the winter yet, I can tell through my powers of observation (and reading the calendar) that cooler weather is just around the corner.

I can’t wait.

7 comments:

  1. I can tell by my needing to get my winter coat out that its autumn. However you live in california so how cold does it actually get?

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  2. Depends. It varies wildly whether you live near the beach versus the mountains. I live kind of close to the mountains so it can occasionally dip towards freezing at night. Usually, though it's in the 40s during the night and 60s during the day.

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  3. I have to admit even we turned on the air conditioning yesterday. It hit 112 here. And I was trying to do laundry and a little of my own writing. I did set the thermostat to 80 though, so I feel a little better. Glad to hear your nearly done with Rabbit IV!

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  4. It got cold enough that I had to turn the heat on for the past two days, and I've been feeling guilty about that. No one here has A/C except in the more expensive cars, but then it rarely gets hot enough here for one to be of any use except for maybe a few days in summer (a few weeks if it's a bad summer, but even then).

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  5. I just wish the weather here would make up it's mind. Last week we were in the 90's plus humidity, and this week we're in the 60's and it's freezing, stupid weather even gave me a cold!

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  6. well the british weather is really starting to kick in now, bit of fog every day and some rain and some really sodding cold winds. Freezing rain gonna kick in soon i guess

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  7. I think I have whiplash from all the weather changes in the past two weeks. First it was blazing hot (got to 113 degrees F in downtown Los Angeles two weeks ago), then it was cold and raining a week later, then it's back into the 90s again. Maybe Al Gore is right.

    And Teresa, I'm not quite almost done with Rabbit IV, though I'm pushing hard to get there. I guess it's time I face the group. I'll email everyone.

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