White Flag

Beware the ooey-gooey puddle in the middle of the walking path. It could be me you’re stepping over.

Last night I had the brilliant idea to get up early this morning and get my walk in before the heat reached the brutal stage. I even had the lofty goal of walking five miles. Since it was, you know, so much cooler that early in the day.

Hah! HAH!, I say! I didn’t factor in that last night’s low was 84°. At 7 a.m. this morning, it was 86° .with a heat index already in the 90s! My shirt was soaking wet after the first mile! By the third mile, I was starting to feel decomposition setting in, so I waved the white flag (or the green towel, which was handier and also sweat-soaked.)

Kenny Rogers was right with that whole “know when to hold ’em; know when to fold ’em” advice. I folded.

To ensure I get the proper amount of sympathy out of this, take a look at our current conditions:

weatger map, Memphis, heat index 118

In all seriousness and from the comfort of my air-conditioned home, this isn’t weather to mess around with. I feel so sorry for the folks whose jobs require them to be out and about in this mess. They’ve just got to be miserable. I hope the companies they work for are relaxing production requirements and letting them have frequent breaks.

I do not, however, feel much sympathy for the woman who just jogged past my house. I think it was a woman. Or maybe a lobster. Something bright red and not carrying a water bottle. I understand not wanting to miss a planned workout, but that’s just plain crazy. Too bad I don’t have a speaker system. I’d broadcast that Kenny Rogers song all day long. Starting at 7 a.m.

If you’re suffering along with me, know that you have my sympathies along with a fervent plea to please be careful out there. As for me, I’ll be hitting the gym for the duration. The park will be there when the heat wave is over.

Thus endeth what I hope will be my last weather whining post until February. (But I reserve the right to change my mind on that, because it’s just too hot to think of much else.) Perhaps tomorrow I’ll produce something that’s actually, you know, useful.



9 thoughts on “White Flag

  1. Today’s actual temp here is supposed to be 100 – then add the darn humidity. Yikes. Hopefully I can get myself outside early tomorrow for a bike ride. We’ll see. If not, I’ll be doing my workout indoors right there with ya:)

  2. Oh Cammy, I feel for you. We’ve had some very hot muggy weather ourselves this summer, but managed to slip just above that red zone on the national weather map. We’re in a relatively heavenly high 80s today. Overcast and not excessively humid. I’d be out there taking advantage, but I have J & E, today, so I also am chillin’ in air-conditioned splendor. Take it easy. And I hope that lobster-lady who jogged past your house gets some sense before something bad happens to her. The gym sounds like a good option until Willard Scott marks your section of the map with a more friendly color.

  3. I loved your post! We had 116 heat index last time I checked today. Even the gym was hot!!! Had this bright idea for my after workout treat today so stopped at the farmers market and got a BIG watermelon. Only problem was I was so hot and tired (the good tired!) from my work out I had to get the attendent to lift it for me! Then I thought of you memaw!

    Stay cooll!!!!

  4. Do you have a guest room I could stay in for a little while? No? Darn. *wanders off for more hot cocoa*

    Even in the coldest winter I’ve experienced since moving here, I can sympathize with you for that kind of heat index. Do be careful and take care of yourself.

  5. Can’t stand the humidity, yuck. When we lived in VA, I used to install carpet in new construction houses, WITH NO A/C. By the end of the day we were soaked from head to feet. Thanks for the flashback!

    I am with you, weather like this is A/C mandatory. One of the perks of having an at home gym. :-)

  6. UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I go out befor the sun rises when I do run outside but it is NEVER that warm. YIKES! Yes, the gym until that gets better there!

  7. It’s OK to complain about the heat. This was our hottest day of the year… or maybe it was yesterday…. I can’t remember, my brain is roasted. “Ovenesque” is the word I’ve invented to describe days like these.

  8. I thought it was hot and humid in Boston but you win. I haven’t spent any time working out in this crazy weather but getting my sweat on in the air conditioned gym. Some days it feels hot as hell in there too until I go outside and really feel the heat.

    Stay cool. 😉

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