Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Its Hot in Phoenix During the Summer

People in Phoenix are funny. Or, for that matter, people in general are funny. Every year no matter what the season the fact that the temperature changes seems to take some by surprise. What??? You mean to tell me that I can’t wear shorts and flip flops in January!?***” Let’s be honest – I’m no exception what so ever. Things that have been happening for years seem to throw me into a shame spiral. I walk around in a jet-lag daze around daylight savings and I act surprised the few days before my wife’s birthday.

Case in point: Today in Phoenix it was 90F degrees. To prove that I am “cultured” and include our neighbors to the north ……. south ……. east ……. west ……. everywhere else ……. that is 32C. So, pretty warm. We’ve actually already hit 100 degrees (a month ago!) and it is regularly not getting much lower than 65 or so at night. It is hot, but not balls hot (which is somewhere between the temperature of sweaty palms and swamp ass).


In fact, as I was panting the other day after a run (today was a tempo with 7 miles total and 5 miles at an average of 6:35 pace) I noticed that my free paper had arrived and had an article about running on the front. As I flipped through it, the article said how Phoenix residents were starting to escape the heat by running on treadmills and indoor tracks. They interviewed a few people who were flabbergasted by the thought that it was going to be HOT out. As I was reading it, I couldn’t help but say “well…….duh”?

I mean, I’m as sensitive as the next guy (hellooo, I watch Bravo TV), but I can’t help but think that this isn’t really news? Reporting that it is hot in Phoenix is sort of like saying that “Charlie Sheen is going to do something that your kids shouldn’t also do. Am I completely out of line here? Or, is my blood sugar just low?

***False. You can – college kids do it all the time. Drunk people too.

22 comments:

Pretend this is real said...

As my dad always says, "It's America, you're free to be as stupid as you want to be." Besides, I feel like news sources no longer feel constrained to reporting only news. They seem to find plenty of non-news items as well.

Julie said...

I would say its a slow news day here in Arizona? Seriously, after being here in the valley for two years, I cannot believe how "seasoned" Arizonians respond to summer. I mean, I'm not looking forward to 115 degrees but its not shocking (or news-worthy).

SquirrelHead said...

Those kind of stories crack me up too but it's better than seeing another story about the royal wedding. I can't wait for that whole thing to be over.

XLMIC said...

"between sweaty palms and swamp ass"... o, man... in stitches!

Yeah, every year I wonder why I am surprised when it is freezing cold in July here. We get that fog bank every single summer. I have lived here for 36 years... why am I surprised each summer? Fortunately, I remember that there is a "heat wave" in May and another in September, so those don't catch me off guard.

Love that cartoon! O, man again!

Kate said...

My kids are those kids who're wearing flip flops and shorts in the middle of the winter. At this point, I figure if you can't figure out to wear warm clothes in snowy weather, you deserve your frostbite.

The news article made me laugh, though. So much like here and the obsessive attention to the weather. Maybe ours isn't QUITE at the Capt. Obvious level of yours, though.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

See, the difference here in New Orleans is that the humidity never dips below the high 85% and the nights are just as warm. I remember planning a long run last summer and realizing that from 3 am to 8 am the predicted temperature was exactly the same!

ShutUpandRun said...

Yeah saying it might be hot in Phoenix is like saying I might talk about poop. Inevitable. When the hell is that going to just be a given?

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

That comic is absolutely priceless lmao!

Alma said...

Oh I'm scared! I'm headed to phoenix in June 2x and will news to get some running in! I'm so not used to anything over 60 deg right now.

Adrienne said...

@ Alma "Be afraid....very very afraid"

So I was in the "mountains" in Prescott this weekend and almost froze to death!! I think it was around 60-65F. Nice to be back in the heat.

P.S. Arizona doesn't have Day light Savings time so I know your just making that crap up :)

RunningLaur said...

I almost froze to death in Prescott last week - it was only 78F.

So, when are we bikraming again? It'd be good for us after this weekend in distance racing, right?

C2Iowa said...

That comic is now my computer wallpaper!

Kovas said...

Actually reporting the news would send people screaming into the streets. But soon they'd go back in for the AC.

dcrunographer said...

It's the "slow news day" phenomenon. When I was an intern at the Daily News in LA, I was assigned a "how are LA residents beating the heat?" feature story. You mean you're drinking slushies? Going to air conditioned theaters? Wow.

Chad said...

Dude, you're a little white ethiopian; you're made for the heat. It's absolutely beautiful out right now, and the mornings are the best part!
Hell, even in the worst part of summer, 5AM is only 90F. That's nearly 10F cooler than your body temp.

misszippy said...

Really? Phoenix is hot?

I am jealous, actually. It's nice here right now too (80s) but our winters suck. I need the desert!

Laura said...

When I was in Arizona in January, I wore a tank top and a skirt. And I was even sober.

giraffy said...

I've been practically melting down mid-run the last few weeks because it's been mid-60's. The HOT was one reason I left Florida and never looked back. I could not live in AZ.

JessiePants said...

We were down in Arizona last week and I give you major credit for running in summer/spring heat because I'm atuned to mountain living now (pretty much a wuss).
I do on the other hand say that the news story seems pretty DUH? I know for a fact there are other things going on in this here world that may have been a bit more note worthy...

kilax said...

I was going to say... I have worn flip flops in January...

Some people just love to complain about the weather and act shocked all. year. round. My boss does this. Drives me nuts.

Katie said...

I look forward to 90° runs. It's my own little sweat-fest therapy and I was in heaven when I got one in while in Florida, I actually wished I sweat more. 100+ might be a little much, but I would take it over 30's for sure :) I can't wait to be sweating out my hangovers and issues all summer long :D

funderson said...

No wonder all I saw on the roads today were RV's. They may have headed a little too far north though, as it was 10 degrees here this morning...sigh...