Desert Initiation®

If it seems like we Phoenix Metrobloggers talk about the weather a lot, well there’s good reason for it: it’s really, really, really frickin’ hot here right now. I’m sure come January, the Chicago Metrobloggers will have plenty to say about the snow. So bear with us for a while during our inaugural posts.

Although we complain about it often, it’s never as bad as your first summer here. The first summer is the worst! I was empty-headed enough to move here in August. August! In a car with no air-conditioning (!!) and my driver’s side window didn’t roll down. It was madness I tell you. Sheer madness!

But over the years, I — like all the others before me — have adapted. It’s a little thing I like to call Desert Initiation®. These are little realizations that remind us that, “Toto, we aren’t in Kansas anymore” but we are okay with it.

Like the first time you realize that you have to have the exterminator spray not only for common household insects but also for scorpions. Or the first time you are sitting outside commenting on how pleasant the weather is only to be informed it’s actually 102°.

Today I had to buy new windshield wiper blades for my car. When driving home during Thursday night’s storm I turned them on only to have them not wipe away the rain, but first not move at all since they were baked on my windshield in their stationary position. When they did break free, they proceeded to schmear the rain all over my windshield making visibility void and null. It seems that constant exposure to Ra has rendered my wiper blades useless.

I suppose having to drop twenty bucks every now and then for new ones isn’t as bad as having to buy snow tires and stuff. Plus, come December, we will all be in short sleeves enjoying the balmy Arizona winter.

3 Comments so far

  1. Dyanna (unregistered) on July 24th, 2005 @ 10:45 pm

    Part of my Desert Initiation

  2. Brian (unregistered) on July 24th, 2005 @ 10:54 pm

    The batteries! Yes! The batteries! They bake away in the sun too.

  3. Anne (unregistered) on July 26th, 2005 @ 11:17 am

    Hi! Well living in AZ one learns to deal with the heat…although I do not seem to do well with it. I live in the Globe/Miami area and even here it gets pretty hot! I have been in Phoenix and can’t figure out how people stand the heat…..! I grew up back east and this dry heat still bothers me even these many yrs later. We have had some humid days lately and I can actually deal with it better then the dry heat… Hurry Up Winter!!!

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