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Fri May 27th, 2016


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09:43 pm - No cure for the summertime blues
So hot, everyone says, so hot so hot so hot! And so it is. Heat warnings around here begin at 30C, which is a pleasant afternoon in southern California but in Toronto is unbearable. So say our Ethiopian staff and our Cambodian mother and everyone else. The dread word '2012' escapes our lips, as in 'oh please not as hot as 2012 was!' We haven't actually hit 30 yet, but the humidex is at 35 and environ Canada is saying 'adverse affect for those not accustomed to heat'-- which is us, in winter jackets a fortnight ago and spring jackets last weekend.

In this wanhope, I abandon all my books- the brane will not Elizabethan at all- and start a Barbara Vine mystery picked up from the Wee Free a while back. Had forgotten who Barbara Vine is, and that none of her avatars write straightforward cozies or police procedurals. Nonetheless, though I can't keep anyone straight, an English mystery is exactly the easy read that hot weather demands. To it I add a Tokyo specialty, Pepsi floats. In Tokyo one could get small cup servings of Haagen-Daz, and Pepsi in tins from the vending machines. In Tokyo this never made me gain weight, though I fancy here is another story.

Only yanno- I'm supposed to have a weather memory but couldn't recall what the weather was like a year ago. (Or anything else, for that matter.) I consult my LJ and discover that I do remember last May and June, I just transposed the events to July and August. And that, indeed, is because last May was exactly the same as this May: very cold in the middle of the month and regularly running 28 and 29 at the end. No one last year was going So hot so hot so hot when we heat-waved then; and now I'm wondering why we're doing it now.

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From:i_am_zan
Date:May 28th, 2016 02:26 am (UTC)
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30 C .... ohhhh I wish we could go that low. Our days are predicted to be hotter than ever this year and we're only coming in to June! *cries*

But counting my blessing today, that it has rained and the humidity is somewhat less as is the temperature ... BUT it is only 10 in the morning so what it is going to be like later I have no idea.

*hugs* for the blues.

My son has picked up a series that he enjoys .. it's ok reading but don't know if I've mentioned it hereabouts, so I will now ... just in case..Edward Marston and his Railway Detective series ...apparently he's also written mystery series involving Elizabethan Theatre but have not read any of those. I only pick up the boy's train books because they're there and easy to pick up and go through and gets me to read... plus steam trains. I like them.
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From:flemmings
Date:May 28th, 2016 01:45 pm (UTC)
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I fear for the tropics in this climate. It must be hideous.

Ohh, the Marsden looks interesting. I can have my Shakespeare and my mysteries together? Must check this out. Thanks. (Steam trains aren't my thing, but heavens, the man has written a lot of everything. William the Conqueror to the War of Spanish Succession, not the venues one would expect for a mystery series.)
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From:i_am_zan
Date:May 28th, 2016 01:55 pm (UTC)
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Yes as expected ... after the rain ...it stayed cool for a few hours and then it just got more humid, I think it was 34 out today ... I had a wedding to go to and I was just not in the frame of mind for getting dressed for one. So I went with a slightly more casual look, but due to the heat ... most of the other guests were slightly dressed down as well. I did feel mighty sorry for the poor bride though... Wedding dresses are had to wear in cool climes but ours ... and it was a semi al fresco thing too... but the food was good.

If you do pick up any of the Shakespeare mysteries ... you'll have to tell me what they're like.
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From:lebateleur
Date:May 28th, 2016 05:23 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, I was a fan of the melon soda floats myself. I don't know, but I would guess that the lack of weight gain may have something to do with the use of cane sugar versus high fructose corn syrup. If nothing else, that's why I can drink soft drinks in Japan but not in the US--there, they have flavor, but here they're nothing but overpowering sweet.
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From:flemmings
Date:May 28th, 2016 10:04 pm (UTC)
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I hadn't considered the sugar thing. Possibly that's why I could eat 7-11 pastry as well and not pile the poundage on.

Really never cared for the melon anythings the Japanese are so fond of, but then I'm not a fan of melon either.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:May 28th, 2016 10:04 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I'm so sorry, the weather here has been highly variable, too. We're back to 'normal' weather for the week (18C and wet) and I hope you will be too.
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From:flemmings
Date:May 29th, 2016 02:16 am (UTC)
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I doubt we'll see under 20 again this season, but 20 will do me just fine if it happens. And rain too.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:May 29th, 2016 06:04 am (UTC)
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Yeah, 20 is a totally civilized temperature!

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