We're back on the road, but instead of heading east, we've gone west to California. From the frying pan, into the fire. The freight sucks in Arizona, but at least we got a load out. Unfortunately, it was going to California, a state we've generally been boycotting. But, we didn't have to deadhead anywhere and we're hoping we can find something that will take us back across the country.
Passing through Coachella today, the dashboard display showed that it was 123 degrees outside. I don't know if that number was entirely accurate because once we started moving, it cooled off a bit - to 119. In any case, three digit temperatures are unnatural. Sure, there are lots of places in the world with temperatures that high, but I really don't want to be anywhere near them. Palm Springs wasn't any better - we registered 113 there. I can't even believe people consider going to Palm Springs a "vacation".
I really need to get out of the heat, because as my mother recently commented, she's never heard anyone talk about, and complain about, the hot weather as much as I do. I know, I know. I can't help it. And I don't really know why it's such a surprise to her, since I was the one who hated wearing feetsie pajamas, or a hat and scarf, when I was a kid. I was born with a hot gene.
But I just can't think of anything else when the weather is so insanely hot. It takes over my brain. I can't function. All I can think about is how hot the sun feels on my arm, how much my head is sweating, how my retinas are burning from the brightness, how I have to go outside if I want to go to the post office/grocery store/pizza joint/mall. I feel trapped.
Ed was looking back over our logs while we were home and determined that we've already taken 100 days off this year. So it looks like the next three months are going to straight-up work - well, with breaks for going home to vote on November 6th, and then Thanksgiving and Christmas. We're also going to be taking a class at the beginning of December, so we'll have to squeeze that in.
OK, all of a sudden it seems like I've got a lot to do. Where the hell am I going to fit in Christmas shopping??
Amazon, here I come!
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