Posted on August 12, 2012
Posted by John Scalzi
And it’s a beautiful day.
Puuuurfect as Patch the ct said lazing the day away under the old apple tree….
well it was Cat you know
It’s a beautiful day in Seattle too. The wife, the baby, and I are going to a beach and pool.
Had reunion lunch with high-school best friend on a scorching-hot day; will be having a paid meeting later with a very nice lady. It’s being a good day.
How is it that summers can pass both so slowly and blindingly fast? Hope your was a good one.
I am ready for Summer to be over, if for no other reason, rain would be nice. With all the grass fires where I live, thinking about lighting any kind of fire outside now results in a mandatory death sentence, no time off for good behavior. You can’t water your grass, because, the state is running out of water, houses are being damaged by foundations breaking up due to the soil contracting, and the vegetation in your front and back yards are turning into flash powder. There is even talk of banning fast burning trees. (The state would pay to have them removed.)
Note: the local Fire Departments are asking people to donate Gatorade and bottled water. The firemen are getting sick from overwork, heat and dehydration. The small towns can’t afford to keep them hydrated. The fun bit is, this is the start of fire season. (Locals continue to say, Global Warming is a fraud and a government conspiracy to ship American jobs to China. If I here one more person say, “Those [deleted] scientists don’t know what they are talking about, the TV weatherman said global warming is garbage”, I will scream.)
The hottest days in Southern California are almost always in October. That’s our fire season. I have hopes that because our summer started a bit early this year it will end early too, but not high hopes. Which is too bad, since my baby is due in November, and I don’t relish the thought of being eight months pregnant in our typical October weather. Oh well. Thanks for rubbing it in. :-P
@ Ralf The Dog
The fun bit is, this is the start of fire season. (Locals continue to say, Global Warming is a fraud and a government conspiracy to ship American jobs to China. If I here one more person say, “Those [deleted] scientists don’t know what they are talking about, the TV weatherman said global warming is garbage”, I will scream.)
To be fair, while global warming is quite real, it’s necessarily causally related to areal desertification.
The hottest days in Southern California are almost always in October.
I miss the SoCal beaches, but not the Octobers. Not that Austin is a pick-a-nick in October, but it’s usually at least begun to not hit the three digit temps by then.
Which is too bad, since my baby is due in November, and I don’t relish the thought of being eight months pregnant in our typical October weather. Oh well. Thanks for rubbing it in. :-P
If it makes you feel any better, my sister (who’s been an Austenite longer than I have) is due in September. When she and her partner told me the good news, my congratulations were followed by, you know your third trimester will be in the dog days of summer, to which she replied it wasn’t exactly scheduled ahead of time.
Congratulations and healthy delivery!
Here in the UK it was the last day of the 2012 Olympics. Watched a beautiful end to a magnificent games. Realise USA viewers were shortchanged on coverage, but it capped a good summer for me.
I live in Virginia. For some reason the kids in the northeast don’t go back to school until after labor day.
@Gulliver: Heh, okay, thanks for the change in perspective! :) Octobers can be brutal here, especially when there’s a big fire nearby and the air’s full of ash or the Santa Anas are killing your allergies. And of course, October *would* be right in the middle of Cross Country season. But it isn’t humid, and I think our Octobers barely touch your summers in general, temp-wise. Though AC is slightly less common here. My best friend just moved to Houston, and I am so not envying your weather right now. Thanks, and congratulations and good luck to your sister! Two of my good friends from high school are due with their first babies within a few weeks of me, and someone asked us if we planned it that way! Right, because that’d… be possible… :)
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