hot hot hot friday five

Many areas of the United States are having a heat wave. Global warming, anyone? Look on the bright side of melting glaciers and enviro-destruction by taking a crack at the Friday Five:

1. What’s the high temperature today where you are?

79, muggy, thunderstorms expected. It was hotter yesterday and will be hotter again tomorrow. Edited to add: it’s already 82 at 11:15 a.m., so that’s a bad prediction.

2. Favorite way(s) to beat the heat.

Iced coffee, fans, crushed ice with diet soda poured over sparingly, going out to eat in an air-conditioned restaurant (we have a mental list of the places that run particularly cold)

3. “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” Evaluate this statement.

Humidity is certainly enervating, but I’ve had at least one scary experience in dry heat, too. (See below.)

4. Discuss one or more of the following: sauna, hot tub, sweat lodge, warm-stone massage.

The sauna is okay. I have used it at the gym. I cannot breathe in the steam room. I like a jacuzzi, but I’ve never done the hot tub thing, nor have a been the recipient of a hot-stone massage. My pedicurist says they’re “Okay, but no big deal.”

5. Hottest you’ve ever been in your life

One day when I was a little girl, we went to Jamestown to see the ships, and the guys working there told us it was 120 degrees in the shade, and I believed them.

But my worst heat story is this one. Pure Luck took me on my first trip to the Southwest in the summer of 2001. On our first day in Utah, we loaded up the rental car with a cooler full of ice and drinks. He stressed the importance of remaining hydrated, and I obediently drank lots of water and Gatorade. We drove to Arches, parked the car and undertook the hike out to see Delicate Arch, which is not a particularly hard hike in terms of distance or elevation gained, but we hadn’t gone half a mile when I began to feel very, very peculiar. It was certainly 100 degrees with no humidity, but also no cover. We reached a view and decided to stop and take some pictures. I said woozily, “I feel I could just sink into this rock.” Pure Luck exclaimed decisively, “Sit down right now!” He plied me with lavendar Gatorade. I was dizzy and nauseated but eventually felt well enough to walk the last 100 yards to get a view of Delicate Arch. Later I read up on my symptoms, and while it’s possible I was having a reaction to the elevation, it’s more likely the ailment was heat exhaustion, bordering on heat stroke. By moving slowly, stopping often and continuing to push fluids, we got back to the car. I did a lot of other walking/hiking that week and fortunately didn’t ever feel that way again.

Non-temperature related bonus: In your opinion… who’s hot?

That would be Pure Luck, in every imaginable way.

(Also? I really enjoyed Will Smith in I, Robot, which we watched a few night ago, but let’s not mention that to my first choice.)

10 thoughts on “hot hot hot friday five”

  1. yeah, i’m a fan of the hot stone massage, too. it doesn’t even feel like stone — somehow when the stones are hot, they just feel like warm, luscious liquid on your skin. amazing. and what’s even more amazing is that something hot sounds good to me, as i sit in front of the fan at my sweltering house!

  2. Ugh, I hate the heat! And I also had one of those scary heat experiences, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. I got nauseous and lightheaded, and had to lie down immediately in the shade and then bow out on the rest of the activities of the day. Heat can be so dangerous!
    Iced coffee is also my favorite chiller, though!

  3. I have no idea how hot it is here, just hot. Too hot for me to eat outside, and I’m usually tolerant of the heat.
    Pure Luck is wonderful, indeed!
    My favorite trick for staying not-so-hot this summer came from one of jo(e)’s posts a few months ago: getting my hair all wet every few hours does wonders.

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