Friday, September 26, 2008

Kicking and Screaming

That title has a double meaning. Today, it's 88 degrees F. (31 C.) and so humid that you can sweat standing still in one of the multitude of stores with inadequate air conditioning. Summer is going out kicking and screaming and I'm just about ready to scream from putting up with it. I'd kick someone as well if I thought it'd clear the steam from the air and dial down the heat. The high temperature today, by the way, was 91 degrees F. :-p

My weather widget claims that the coming week starting tomorrow is going to be milder, but I've come to realize that that widget is a stylish-looking, slickly designed liar. Yesterday, it claimed today's high would be 84 (which would be bad enough with this humidity), but now it's 88. In fact, everyday it gives high temperatures that are lower than reality. You'd think it'd learn to fudge the numbers instead of giving me false hope.

The worst thing about living in Tokyo (barring a really bad earthquake which fortunately has not happened during my stay) is the summer. It starts popping up like an unwanted guest around late April and then starts becoming a regular visitor in May. By June, it's the smelly deadbeat who is sleeping on your sofa day-in and day-out who you're barely putting up with. By the end of September, you're ready to throttle that deadbeat to get it the hell out of your house. Summer has completely overstayed its welcome.

3 comments:

Dateline Osaka said...

Ugh, boy do I ever hear THAT...I have hated the heat of the summer out this way, too. I'm almost afraid to admit that we finally have had a few nights where we can keep the door open for fresh air, instead of the AC (which has been running nearly nonstop since the end of May), in case I end up jinxing the whole thing. It was hovering at around 30 for most of the last month (around 34 most of the summer before that), and has finally almost gotten to 24 this week for the first time!!!

Let's hope it stays that way, and I'll send a cooling vibe your way, too! Take it easy out there! :)

Orchid64 said...

We have to use the air conditioner all night and during most of the day, but I'm fortunate in that I have one which has a super low power setting in a tiny room so it uses less power and I can be comfortable as long as I never leave the room. :-p

The CH and I think of summer's end as being like a switch that is flipped most years. I think I just heard the switch flick a few hours ago.

Believe it or not, one of my students showed up today when it was still in the mid 80's and boggy as a swamp air quality-wise and told me it was "cold" and she regretted having a sweater. I didn't say it, but she's got the metabolism of a reptile if she can't be warm in this weather.

Orchid64 said...

Er, that should be "regretted not having a sweater". ;-)