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Its all relative…. now please excuse me while I wipe the sweat off my keyboard

June 14, 2018








….I grabbed my coffee and opened the door this morning and walked outside to great the new Texas day. The sky devoid of any clouds was bright blue and with a mild breeze washing over me it was not too bad for 83 but for this old former Alaskan just another Texas day that was way too hot. As I stood there and waited for the caffeine to wash over my neurons and awaken them I pondered my dilemma, because I was now going into my third summer here one would think I would be used to the Texas heat but alas it is not so.

I think most of our lives are ‘relative’ and by that I mean the way we interact or accept things is based totally on what we have been exposed to for most of our lives, and this is not just relegated to things like one’s aversion to heat but to how we view other people. If a child is brought up in a household where the parents continually berate authority figures like police, teachers and politicians then one must expect that child to have the same views. Whereas if that child is brought up in a home where the parents live not only a moral life but one that supports authority figures then there is a very good chance that that child will do the same.

The same is true I think for living in different extreme climates. I have seen 1st and 2nd grade children playing outside during recess when the temperature was 20 below zero and they were all having fun. They were raised being exposed to temperatures going down into the 50 below range so they never knew any difference in climate and thus adjusted to it, even myself when shipped to the far East by the Army after half a year I barely noticed the daily 100% humidity and 90 degree temperatures because my youthful blood had adjusted to the heat.

….however unlike 1964 when I was 18
and shipped to Southeast Asia
now at 72 and after two years of Texas heat
I can see I will not be adapting

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Terry permalink
    June 14, 2018 5:25 pm

    It’s just on 50F here this morning and I’m freezing 😜 But you didn’t move to Texas for the weather.


  2. June 15, 2018 1:43 pm

    I hear ya Pete! Growing up in Alaska I just can’t handle the heat and humidity of the south.
    I can remember running around at recess in the middle of winter, all bundled up, playing football, but I go for a little walk down south and I feel like a fried egg. :p
    Kick back, have a cold beverage and enjoy your weekend.


  3. June 15, 2018 2:17 pm

    A very good point you made, Pete. and one well worth remembering; in the end it truly is all relative! You may yet surprise yourself and find all that heat and humidity isn’t quite as bad as it once seemed.


  4. June 16, 2018 4:52 pm

    I was surprised with a ‘new’ rule in our schools in this area. Kids aren’t allowed outside if it is lower than minus 10. I reckon kids were tougher when I was in grade school a million years back! lol
    I did laugh when I read your comment about growing up. Raise a kid in the way he shall go and he shall not depart from it sort of thing. Some of the worst kids I knew were preacher kids or missionary kids and some of the best ones I knew as adults had been street kids. So, it isn’t quite exactly a truism!


  5. Jon permalink
    June 16, 2018 5:45 pm

    If it makes you feel better Pete, our temp. right now is 87 & the dew point is 75. In spite of trepidation, I tried to touch up an area of my car with an aerosol can gave up because in humid conditions the paint will just bleach back, so will wait for a drier day. ( I knew this, too)
    Just two months ago, had record snowfall for April, 100 degrees on Memorial Day, jackets last week, etc. Real climate change, lol!


  6. June 20, 2018 5:23 pm

    “waited for the caffeine to wash over my neurons”

    This is elegant and hilarious writing.

    I learned to tolerate soul-crushing humidity in the Midwest, hot, gritty drought in the Rockies, and coat-penetrating cold damp in the Pacific Northwest and I still bitch about the weather. It’s more satisfying than the news: At least with the weather, there’s a better-than-average chance of conditions improving eventually.


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