SoCS — Whatever The Weather

It was hot here yesterday. Hot and sunny. Icky. So icky. But it could be hotter. I know, cause I done lived in southeast Georgia for seven years. I have to say southeast Georgia, cause when I don’t, people comment how they live in Georgia and it’s not as hot as I complain it to be. SOUTHEAST GEORGIA is hot. I’m talkin 125 miles to Florida hot. I’m just sayin, it was hot in Georgia for most of seven years and it was hot yesterday, but it wasn’t Georgia hot.

That’s how I get through summer now.

Even when it gets Georgia hot, I say shit like, “Oh it’s 101 and 80% humidity, but fall’s comin!”

My arm got pink on the short drive home from work yesterday. Being a white person, I mean, I’m WHITE, as opposed to peachy or tan, maybe I’m ecru. I don’t know, I’m fuckin pale. Pale enough that people sometimes say, “YOU’RE SO WHITE!” and pretend my exposed skin blinds them. Except when I lived in Georgia, then I’d come home and people would say, “OH YOU’RE SO TAN!” Regardless, due to my whiteness, I already had sunscreen on my face, neck, and chest, but my arm was sunbathing in the nude and it got all burny and pink and so I coated-up before going back out.

While it was sunny and 89°F (31.7°C) <– Thanks, Dan — or somethin wretched like that, I stood outside with other women who also wanted cash from the ATM and I listened as they complained about the heat.
One woman said, “We complain about the snow, but I hate when it’s this hot.”
I was all, “I don’t complain about the snow. I lived in Georgia for seven years. I just tell myself  ‘At least it’s not Georgia hot,'” and I got a round of Mmmhmms.

Someone English asked me once what Mmhmm was and I explained it as saying Uh Huh with your lips pressed together. I don’t think I’d like to live anywhere where people don’t Mmmhmm.
It’s an intonation thing. Mmhm can be agreeable or sarcastic.
And you can put as many ems in there as you like for emphasis, too, MMHMMMMMM.

The iPhone likes to change Mhmm to mayhem.

Anyway, It’s another hot day today. I’ll be inside until dusk.
Whether I like the weather or not, at least it ain’t Georgia hot.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday — SoCS ‘whether/weather’ is brought to you by LindaGHill

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100 Responses to SoCS — Whatever The Weather

  1. I don’t want to retire on the East Coast. Period. Humidity is horrible – I only moved here to work at Princeton, and that was 1981, and then I got sick, and stuck here anyway.

    The only good thing is that we participated in the second year of the state government’s pilot program to use solar panels on houses here (they paid 2/3 of the then-expensive costs), and our electric bill in the summer runs under $5.00. Yup. So I live in no humidity at 72°.

    If it’s nice, I go out.

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    • jdawgswords says:

      Lol…see, the sun is good for something

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    • joey says:

      That IS nice! Our state should get in on the pilot program, because we’re certainly willing, but not $7k-dropped-like-it’s-hot willing!
      Thank Whomever for inventing air-conditioning, or I’d need to move to Sweden or somethin. 😉

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      • We paid a lot more than $7k for our share, way back then. It will be a selling feature for our house, I think. Meanwhile, my neighbor across the street has been paying $400/month in the summer for AC electricity costs. Some day we’ll figure out if the deal was worth it, but it’s a good idea environmentally, and allowed me guilt-free AC all these years.

        If I figure it out when getting the house ready for sale, I’ll tell you. But I was keeping meticulous records back when I was in charge of the paperwork, the OH borrowed my folder, and then lost it. So dunno.

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  2. Luanne says:

    This is super amusing, both because you’re so funny and because I am in Arizona and it’s June. MMHMMMMHMMMMHHHHMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. But it’s not intolerable. It’s 10:25AM and it hasn’t even hit 100 yet. 97. Wait’ll 2:45PM. That’s be toasty and still and all that. I’m waiting on the monsoons. They better come soon. But then I’ll be crying because my balcony leaks bad and we never found a roofer to fix it.

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  3. jdawgswords says:

    Or 3rd coast hot…or West Texas hot…out there you get in the oven to cool off…

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  4. It’s high desert hot here in the Verde Valley this weekend. The refrain is always ‘But it’s a dry heat.’
    I could not live here without the air conditioning.

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  5. John Holton says:

    I know exactly what you’re talking about when you say “Georgia hot.” The year we moved in to the house, the air conditioning went out. Of course, we were a little short on cash and couldn’t afford a new unit (and had been told the old unit couldn’t be fixed), so we figured, hey, we had lived through hot and humid when we lived in Chicago, we’ll manage. Well, 85 degrees and humid in Chicago is nothing compared to 85 degrees and humid in Atlanta. We finally bought a window unit for the bedroom so we could get some sleep.

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    • joey says:

      Yessir. There are plenty of different hots, and they’re none of them good 🙂
      Also, it is part of Murphy’s Law that immediately after spending money on moving/ buying a new home / etc something expensive must break, yeah?

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  6. renxkyoko says:

    Where I live, temp can go as high as 114 F…. 100 to 110 is normal summer heat over here.

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  7. Hot and humid is the worst to me. It does not have to be so hot temperature wise but the humid part makes it feel hotter. Have to have the air conditioning on if it’s humid. It’s getting hotter here too but not humid, which is good. 🙂

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  8. marianallen says:

    It’s been purty durn hot around here in the day, but downright chilly at night. So I open the windows at night and collect all the cool I can, then shut up the house during the day. Po’ folks’ air conditioning. We have the kind you pay for, but I work the windows as much as I can. The only time I was in southeast Georgia was when I spent a week on Tybee Island. That was in December, and it was hot THEN during the day! In DECEMBER!

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    • joey says:

      Yesss. The first winter we were there, I took the kids to Jekyll and Tybee all the time. Funny, but the second winter, we’d all adjusted and found it too cold to beach much. :/ Terrible times, Marian. Just terrible times.
      IS it cool there at night? How fortunate. I think the low overnight was 78 here. 😦

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  9. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for the props!

    Before my freshman year at UGA in Athens, GA, I went to a week of freshman orientation in July. It was held in the old i.e. Non air-conditioned dorms and I seriously began to wonder what on earth I had been thinking when I applied to that school. I had never know hot and humid like that (iPhone tried to change hot to joy – uhh ah, not happening, no joy involved). They made us play volleyball and I thought I was gonna die.

    Long way of saying “I almost understand” almost cuz I didn’t stay 7 years. Don’t know how you made it.

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  10. Hot and humid is the worst! I don’t well in cold or hot and humid. I can do a dry hot. I learnt how to do that living in desert when I was girl when my Father wanting to please my Mom got and get her to California got himself stationed in the hottest place in California. My mom didn’t care…she just said, it’s not humid,, and we’re in California! I was a kid so it was normal to me.
    We kept movin north after my dad finished his tour so it’s not as hot up here in the Bay Area, but it can get in the low 100’s in summer. But it’s a dry heat. 🙂

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  11. ghostmmnc says:

    You know I like hot weather, but not humid hot. I’ve never been to GA, but it does sound miserable there. I guess it’s a trade-off between there, with wet/hot/humid and lots of pretty green trees, and here where it’s dry/hot/dusty with hardly any trees, and crinkly, crispy grass. Here it is in June already, and everyone’s grass is still mostly brown.

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  12. larva225 says:

    My son and I are fucking white. Like albedo effect white. You would think being so white we’d qualify for something, like tax rebates on parasols or something.

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  13. loisajay says:

    ‘125 miles to Florida hot’…..nothing like opening your front door in August and being gobsmacked by a wall of humidity. It is a race to the a/c in the car and then to the a/c at work. So far so good–a lot of rain, but that dang humidity is just waitin’ to make an appearance. And, oh yay, we just started hurricane season when we lose electricity and all die from the heat. Fun times ahead, Joey. Come on down for a visit… 😀

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    • joey says:

      Heh! I know just how hot it is! Ick!
      Imma pass again this year. I’d love to see my mother in south Florida and pass your way to see my daughter and her boys, but quite frankly, I think I can go another year…at least.
      It’s ridiculous heat, triggers all my bad Georgia memories, costs a bloody fortune, takes too much time in the car, or more money to fly four times to cover both, plus car rental — almost as bad as the heat!
      Perhaps one of these days, schedules will line up to Florida in the winter like normal people! lol
      Three more weeks, The Mister will finally be done with undergrad! Phew! Then, I think we’ll be going NORTH, somewhere with WATER.
      I rambled, but I think you get the gist.
      Also, those people should just move back home!!! 😛

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  14. Some days in Charleston were so hot and muggy you could take a bath and never dry off… then some days were just so hot you’d take bath, step out of the tub, and need another bath. 🙂

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  15. Had my share of humidity living most of my life in Michigan…even though it’s ‘upper Midwest’ it still got stupid hot in the summer. Humans haven’t come up with an anti-perspirant that can stand up to that kind of sticky. Here in CO the humidity in the summer will be in the single digits…ahh!

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  16. JoAnna says:

    Being a white, freckly, redhead on the Carolina Coast, I’ve had my share of pink skin, and red blistery skin (as a teenager) and humidity. Still, I’d rather be too hot than too cold, so I guess I’ll stay here and sweat. I try to remember that people got by without AC through most of human history.

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    • joey says:

      Ooh I bet! I’ll stay here and sweat for three months or so, and then I’ll relish the fall and winter!
      I don’t know how people lived without ac. I just cannot. My air went out once in Georgia and if it hadn’t been fixed by bedtime, I had plans to hotel it! lol Whereas here when our diva furnace goes out, I layer up and wait it out! lol
      It’s good to know we’re where we should be 😉

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  17. Benson says:

    Since I spent more time in New Mex than Georgia I will have to remind myself it ain’t New Mexico hot. Which is a load of crap because the humidity makes it a real chore to just breathe. AC on the inside and sunny skies on the outside and I may survive.

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  18. April says:

    Don’t live in Southeast Georgia, we’re in the north. Yes, it is HOT in Southeast Georgia….and muggy and buggy.

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  19. pluviolover says:

    Hot places I’ve lived: Texas (all parts), Oklahoma, Sacramento, Guam (seldom over 90), and Florida (panhandle). I now live where we consider over-80 “hot.” I precede that hot with one “too” for each 5 degrees F increase. I insert “fucking” between too and hot after 90 degrees. It’s now 51 here (Seattle), forecast high of 64F. That will rise to 81 before it rains on Thursday, falling again to a high of 60 on Friday. One big reason I live here.

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    • joey says:

      I support your decision to move to a more temperate climate. I also agree with how you’re calculating the increases. I don’t think it ever needs to be warmer than 70, but my garden does. Interesting Guam is seldom over 90, I suppose it’s like Hawaii?

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  20. Jami Carder says:

    I wish it was hot here. It was pleasantly warm this morning, but by the time I got home and got ready to put my boat in the water, the clouds and wind came once again. We are stuck in a miserable weather pattern of one nice half day followed by three rainy days, over and over and over again.

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  21. Joanne Sisco says:

    All this talk about heat and I’m thinking ‘hmmm – are you guys hogging it all down there?’
    I have the fireplace going and I’m wearing a fleece top … but because I don’t have socks on, my feet are cold.
    On a positive note, it stopped raining for a couple of hours. Yippee. 🙂

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  22. reocochran says:

    I don’t mind heat, Joey. (Sorry)
    Of course it is partly because I am older than you, but mainly I dislike the cold. . . I feel it “in my bones!”
    I am not able to do metrics, I can do algebra and some maths. 😉
    It is just plain rude of people to say anything about your beautiful porcelain skin! Boo to them! My sympathy goes out to you and your ecru skin. Just think how young you look and it should give you some comfort!
    I regret tanning out in the sunshine for a lot of years. My arms and legs “show age,” (crepe-y skin) but thank goodness, I used lots of makeup and lotion on my face so I survived “aging” in my face. Your ramblings were very cohesive this day. xo

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    • joey says:

      You are so sweet to me, lol!
      I think it’s fantastic that our skin can tell our ages, because aging is a gift! You’re beautiful still xo
      There is something weird about looking at my hands now and seeing my mother’s hands… but it’s a comforting kinda weird 🙂
      I first remember hating the heat around third grade, so I don’t know that I will grow fonder of it. I’m glad you don’t hate the heat, misery has enough company!

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  23. Wish I could send a cool ocean breeze your way from up here in the north where it’s still upper 60’s. 🙂 I’m not a big fan of the heat myself – I burn AND my rosacea flares up (which I think you and I may have commiserated about??) and people ask if I’m having an anaphylactic reaction to something. So I like to stay inside in the AC and maintain my dignity… even though (thankfully) it doesn’t get “southeast Georgia” hot up here too often!

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  24. Laura says:

    Georgia Hot may join my vocabulary for the summer.
    Also, it’s a kick ass name for a music group. Or a drink.

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  25. Only you can make me smile and chuckle about the weather. It’s definitely not Georgia hot up here. We’re back to jacket weather and an umbrella if you don’t want to drown. 🙂

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    • joey says:

      Thanks!
      I think it’s a wee bit early for the stifling heat and humidity, but Mother Nature hasn’t asked me. I’d have her send you some if I could!

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  26. Virginia is pretty hot and humid in the summer. In July and August, you start sweating as soon as you walk outside–not my favorite time of year. I try to get most farm chores or gardening done early or late, especially since mid-day is just so unpleasant. Thank goodness for AC. 🙂

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  27. Erika says:

    You have my sympathy. It was *only* 85 here today, but then it rained and was humid as fuck after, miserable!

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  28. Alice says:

    Oh gracious. Your observations on the difference between hot and hot? Mmhmmm. Sister, I hear ya.

    I’m from Texas. Got caught in bad traffic once, and once we started driving again, noticed my brakes felt funny. Like stepping on an overripe plum. Get home, take a look at my front tire, think to myself “didn’t that wheel used to have a hubcap on it? Like, THIS MORNING??” Turns out, the front left corner of my car had gotten so hot (traffic jam was while the sun was setting in that direction), the brake fluid had boiled over in my wheel well and blown the hubcap right off.

    My version of your “Georgia hot,” when people complain about too-warm weather: “it’s not really hot until your car blows a hubcap.”

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    • joey says:

      Excellent hot criteria! I have never heard of such a thing! It sounds like one of those things that would happen to me and no one would ever believe me! lol
      That’s really, really, really hot!

      Our window blinds kept melting in Georgia. I thought it was kids or cats, but it was the sun. lol

      I had no idea you were from Texas. If I’d ever read it before, I overlooked it. You seem like a northerner, easterly, even.

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      • Alice says:

        I grew up half in Texas, half in Connecticut. Texas was where I spent my formative, learning-to-drive, adolescent years, tho — and for reasons best lost to the sands of time, I went back for another five years of young adulthood — so when forced to answer any “where you from” questions, it’s the state I generally default to.

        Got to Philadelphia almost 17 years ago and decided never to leave, cuz you’re right, I’m a northeasterner at heart! #canIgetashoutoutforpublictransit #andalsoforpeoplenotconstantlypresumingImustbestraightrepublicanandchristianjustcuzIdonthavehorns

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        • joey says:

          Oh yes. So much yes on those hashtags.
          Have I ever told you about the time I worked with nine white Christian women? It was the promotion from Hell. These things can only happen in red states, I swear.
          “You’re not a Christian? But you seem like such a nice lady.”
          #motherfuckerplease

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          • Alice says:

            I directed curriculum and professional development for a group of learning centers. Was asked more than once if all my teachers were Christian. You know, cuz we worked with kids and all. #otherfaithtraditionseattheiryoung #truefact #isacrificefourthgraderstobeelzebubonceimsuretheyunderstandfractions

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  30. I’ve been in parts of Georgia in the summer that are HOTTER than Florida. Probably because those towns don’t get a sea breeze. I was keenly aware of how spoiled I’ve become to summertimes in Virginia vs. Florida when I flew down there and it wasn’t even the peak of summer yet! I hope you have a mild summer, but at least it won’t be a Georgia summer. 😉

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