Dateline: Tuesday, June 29
Well, it’s only supposed to top out at a nippy 98 today. Yes, the tryouts for Satan’s team lasted three days and we don’t like to brag but we’re pretty sure we’re going to make the squad. The predicted high of 118 on Monday did not pan out, but the 116 obliterated the previous record of 112 set the day before, which smashed the previous record of 108 set the day before that. We made it. And Studley made it!
We made it without air conditioning. We were not especially comfortable but we most certainly survived, and during much of the time we weren’t even that miserable. Contrast that with folks I saw complaining bitterly about how they weren’t able to get their houses below 80 even with AC. And their swimming pools were too warm.
Of course, we’re retired, and nothing was asked of us other than to sit quietly and not die. Our mailman, on the other hand, was sent out with a full load and instructions from the boss to also not die, but when he showed up in his salt-encrusted hat we gave him a tank of ice water and turned the hose on him and sat him down until his cells reinflated. As for his boss’s instructions, it looked like it could have gone either way.
One friend up north reported that it had gotten up to 110 in her house when all the AC crashed the power grid. This is what I’m talking about: we’ve lost our skills. Hell, on our hottest day even the upstairs never got above 98. We exhaust all the air we can overnight and then button up the place tighter than Mitch McConnell’s asshole. Sunday night I opened all the windows and pointed the fans out and took a cold shower and went straight to bed soaking wet with another fan on me, and I slept very much like the dead.
Part of the skills involve being able to tolerate a much wider range of temperatures than most of us have come to expect. We’ve become a shorts-in-the-winter and sweaters-in-the-summer kind of people, and we have nowhere to go when the system breaks down, which it is going to do.
The newspaper helpfully provided some tips for surviving extreme heat. For instance, it is suggested that you wear loose clothing to bed. Check! I’ve been wearing the very same suit to bed since I was fourteen (don’t tell Mom), and it’s gotten plenty loose. Portions of it are slouched up against other portions of it. At this point the underboobular area is my primary repository for perspiration but I have auxiliary folds in the back for off-site storage. I’m all set.
Here are my tips: sure, it’s tempting to open some veins to let the heat out but be advised the relief is short-lived because the blood evaporates so quickly. So if you try this hack, you’re going to want to really go for it. Similarly, you could stretch out in a kiddie pool, but remember you can drown in as little as four inches of water, so be sure to put in at least six to be on the safe side.
Better yet is to go to the source of the problem and eliminate Republicans. They’ve signed off on this entire debacle. As long as their preferred solution to the climate catastrophe is to make fun of Greta Thunberg, it will be crucial for us to take them out of circulation altogether. The liberal-softie way would be to vote them all out, but if they’re bent on stealing an election, which seems to be their plan, stronger measures must be taken. To that end, please note that a shot through the heart is not recommended; the target is far too small and the bullet is likely to exit harmlessly straight through the spinal tapioca. Much better is to aim for the head, and possibly take out Trump’s ass at the same time.
Wait! Am I inciting my followers to murder Republicans? Ha ha! Of course not! I’m kidding! Stand by.
In other news that should surprise no one, an enormous comet is heading our way. They’re made of ice. I can’t wait.