Sunday, August 14, 2016


So.  It's hot.  It's hot today, it was hot yesterday, and the many days before that, and it's going to be hot  again tomorrow.  Okay, this is summer; I suppose it's to be expected.  But I am all out of patience for walking home from work in 35 degree weather (that's 95 of your American Farenheits) at maximum humidity.

I cope by bringing an entire change of clothes for the office environment, which is effective but also a hassle.  I've also started bringing an ice pack to hold against the back of my neck, or the insides of my elbows, while waiting for the bus.

At least my hair is finally long enough to pull back into a ponytail.  #SmallMercies

Maybe it's the heat sapping our tempers, but Ken and I have been quibbling about politics.  It's a bit stupid, considering that we're Canadian, to argue about the American election, but we do.  Ken prefers Trump to Clinton, because a) Trump is more entertaining and b) actually I think that might be the only reason.  I prefer Clinton, even though she demonstrably lied during the email fiasco, because at least she has experience and takes her campaign seriously.

I'm not much of a hater, but I hate The Donald.  Loathe him.  It was all fine and dandy when he was shooting off his mouth on The Apprentice, which I watched and enjoyed.  It's another thing entirely for him to be playing up xenophobia and generally being an ass to people from a position of potential real power.  He doesn't seem to care at all about anything except his own ego.  I believe that he's a sociopath.  Not a quality one should be looking for in a world leader.

I've almost completely ignored the Olympics, except for a few minutes of gymnastics.  The athletes were amazing and very chalky.

That's about it for this week.  How broiling hot is it where you are right now, and how are you coping?


Vanessa T said...

It's been hot. It usually is this time of year - mid-July to mid-August, but I feel like I can bear it less and less every year. It's the humidity that just absolutely knocks me out. I cope by not setting foot outside unless I have to, to water my plants or get the mail.

American politics? Really? That kind of makes me laugh, Spark! Of all the things! At least it's not something serious that's annoying you guys! I mean, serious in a personal sense. To argue about the politics of another country says to me that things between the two of you, and in your lives in general, are pretty good. :)

For us, you can rest assured that the next four years at least are going to probably be awful for your American friends.

Stay cool, sweet Spark! This can't last forever! *hugs*

lotta joy said...

I loathe Donald, but I'm scared to death of Hillary. Obama has shoved so much crap down our throats and she will continue his regimen. Be glad you're in Canada. I wish I was.

Ginny said...

I am very much over summer right now. It's been so hot, we all need a break.

Trump scares me. He knows nothing about politics and is a dangerous person to have in power. Not a huge Hillary fan but I think she's more qualified and less likely to cause total chaos.

LL Cool Joe said...

I still can't believe anyone could vote for Trump, but then last night I was watching a video of the crowds at some of his rallies and some of the stuff the people were saying was just unbelievable. Racist, sexist, homophobic. Just horrific. Then I realised there a lot of Americans out there that think just like him. Scary.

Granny Annie said...

America has a third choice. Gary Johnson will be on the ballot in all 50 states and he and his VP Weld are excellent candidates. Many who cannot abide Hillary or Donald will pour their votes on the Johnson/Weld Libertarian ticket. I am one of those. Both Clinton and Trump are America's greatest embarrassments worldwide.

Abby said...

Someone - I can't remember who - said this year's election is like choosing between syphilis and gonorrhea. That about sums up my thoughts.

Lynn said...

I wouldn't vote for Donald Trump for dog catcher. He's the most embarrassing person alive, I think. I don't think he is even one bit funny or entertaining - he's just plain mean.

My inside of my car is over 100 degrees when I get in it in the afternoon. I am lucky to have a car though - I see people walking in the heat and really feel for them.

Jenny Woolf said...

35 degrees would hack me off very much. I'm getting less able to tolerate heat the older I get, I think. or perhaps I'm just grumpier these days.
I too think that Trump has a personality disorder. I think I've heard it given a name, narcissistic personality disorder, when a person can only think of things from their own point of view, but is also incredibly sensitive to slights or insults, and has quite a lack of self esteem behind a bragging facade. I know you can't really sum people up so simply, but it does seem from what I've seen that he could be a bit like that.

Snowbrush said...

“Ken prefers Trump to Clinton, because a) Trump is more entertaining”

Hitler was also entertaining—vastly entertaining—and he was a lot like Trump, and let’s not forget Stalin and Pol Pot either—never a dull moment with those guys. I know that it’s theoretically possible to be both sane and intelligent and vote for Trump, but it’s hard for me to see how. Sure, Clinton is a greedy liar, but she’s not observably insane and completely unconcerned with anything but her own emotions. If I were married to someone who would vote for Trump, I would be in despair.

G. B. Miller said...

Well....just to go against everyone here who is American, I plan on voting for The Donald. Can't see myself voting for someone that the American treats with kid gloves and pooh-poohs every bad thing that has happened to her/caused by her.

And that, my friend, is all I'll say about politics on the national level. My preference is politics on the local level, which affect much more than the national scene.

As for the heat, we recently suffered a bad stretch of 96+ degree weather for the past two weeks (what they like to call "a heat wave") with not too much rain, and what rain we do get, doesn't alleviate the humidity.

Father Nature's Corner

Snowbrush said...

P.S. It has been awfully hot here in western Oregon too, sometimes exceeding 100 degree--that would be Fahrenheit, of course.