"Its gettin hot in here (so hot) So take off all your clothes I am gettin so hot, I wanna take my clothes of"~Nelly, Hot in Herre
Good gawd has it been hot around here lately! One of the worst things about a hurricane, besides the destruction and chaos it brings, is the scorching heatwave that follows! All that moisture in the ground gets heated up and cranks up the humidity. During the day, it feels like I'm trapped in a steamy sauna--but without the come ons.
I feel like I should be carrying a towel and head for the showers every time I step outside. Even the nights are hot and stuffy. The breezes don't really cool you down. They just make you feel wet and sticky and filthy, but not in the good way.
When I step outside, I can feel the hot air suck the cool a/c right out the door and off my body. I start to burn up. My body drowns in the oppressive heat; I can feel the sweat forming on my face and my chest. Sweat drops roll off the top of my head, slide down my neck, and trickle down my back. And when I'm standing outside, I can feel the sweat drops roll down the back of my thigh, glide down the back of my knee, past the calf and ending at the back of my foot.
The only other time I've ever felt this kind of insane heat was back when I was living on the East Coast. The Georgia coast was just as brutally balmy in the summers, except the high humidity there just sucked the energy out of my body. There's a reason why iced tea is super sweet in Georgia; you need the sugar rush to make it through the rest of the day! Still, the unrelenting heat here is just as maddening. This isn't global warming; it's global roasting!
Thank goodness for a/c; but I can't stay indoors all the time. And when I come back inside, it takes a while for me to cool back down. I'm taking a cold shower in the morning and another one right before I sleep. Sometimes, I take an extra shower after lunch if I'm home. I'm also drinking lots of cool fluids and eating cold ice cream. But as the heatwave continues full steam, I'm finding myself wearing less and less at home.
I'm down to my undergear. Pretty soon, I'll be down to nothing, rubbing down with ice cubes to cool off. I just hope I don't slip on any puddles from the ice cubes when they melt.