Ahhh sweet relief. Dang AC going out during a heat wave. Get ready for the ‘I’m TOO dang HOT WHINEFEST of SOCAL!’
Where the F is the Last Show Laurie?
Ok, ok, I know that most of you aren’t even CLOSE to being as critical of me as I am of myself. You know, schedule hell, get it done, check the list, yada yada yada. Truth is, many BCs made the deadline, participated, sent in their audio good-byes, my writing group came and recorded stories, and the voice acting version of BC Dave’s story is now edited, ready and in the can. All is set for me to finish writing the transitions and getting my butt up the mountain to record Day 120…
BUT IT’s TOO DANG HOT HOT HOT!
Let’s go back several days…
Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men
Way back at the end of July I announced the end of the scheduled podcast series, Gave a deadline for early August for you BCs to participate in ONE LAST SHOW EXTRAVAGANZA,figuring that would be long enough for anyone who actually wanted to do that, and planned to write and record within the week after that – say Aug 15. Hello! It’s now Aug. 16, and I’m still in the organizing phase of writing. What happened?
We’re Having A Heat Wave, a Tropical Heat Wave…
But unlike Marilyn, instead of getting all sultry and sexy from it, I’m sweaty and bitchy and my head constantly hurts. It is so hot that I feel like an eskimo wearing a traditional winter parka exposed accidentally to the flames of hell. Let’s examine this. Hmmm, I weigh over 200 pounds so I am WELL INSULATED. I don’t usually need blankets in California, even in winter. I’m also over 50 and have a close acquaintance with my frenemies, night sweats and hot flash. To TOP THIS OFF, our Blankety Blank Blank AC took a dump! Now it is bad enough to face the energy bills in September after the rigors of our usual hot summers. We insulate the house, we keep the drapes shut, we open windows on nights where the temps go down to limit our AC use, but there are days when it is SO HOT we bake like sausages in the oven. Lately we’ve been WAY over the triple digits – even at night with NO CHANCE OF AC RELIEF! And I’m cranky, cranky, cranky with it.
Where is Zen Laurie?
Oh my goodness, I’m GLAD I’m not recording so you won’t go away with a last memory of Volcano of rage obsessed, TOTAL BITCH Laurie, who types here before you now. I am so over this heat! Over it, over it OVER IT! But it is the price I pay to live in usually beautiful Southern California. We live inland, so we don’t have the benefit of the ocean breeze. We are ‘In the Valley’ – Like Totally Tubular – and we have a pounding, haze of heat this time of year. Luckily, it usually isn’t humid too. Anyway, back to the AC. It went out, visions of total central AC replacement costs slammed us in the guts, making us both cranky and worried.
We exercised early to try and mitigate stress.
Tiger and Gracie don’t even play in this heat. They hear birdies, they lay around. They hear the can opener (usually a cat magnet) they lay around. You name it, they lay around.
Busy AC repair guy came over (and YAY! for once my house WASN’T a mortifying dusty house of horrors) AND DOUBLE YAY! it was a part that was broken vs. the whole unit needing replacement. A part that he had in his truck and something he could fix right then and there! Hallelujah! In the meantime Mark and I had purchased a portable AC unit as well, and that was working out. So now we are armed with many, many fan and AC options to cool us during this heat wave.
Wonderful! So Why are you Writing a Blog Instead of Day 120?
Good question. I realized that the heat was a true excuse, but not a true reason. I LET it get to me because every time I listened to the audio and wrote some of the transition material for the last show, I got emotional. No Robot Aliens around to distract me either. Just emotional. And I didn’t like that feeling. So it was easier to be mad and rage at the heat (which is a real distraction) than to get on with getting on. So I figured I’d write this as both an update and a way to process these feelings. I’m still comfortable with my decision to move on from the podcast series, but oh my goodness, how I will miss it, and all of you.
Right now, it looks like the heat wave will abate Monday evening. So I’m hoping to finish writing in time to hike and record on Tues. From the sum of the parts I’ve got in the can, I’m looking forward to this show. I think you will enjoy it and I’m proud of all of you who participated and grateful for all of you who will take the time to listen.
Soooo I guess it’s time to stop ranting and time to start writing.