Update: Regarding yesterday's post - No, I did not receive 50 comments. Damn it! The burning question that still remains is, what are 98% of the people that stop here doing? I guess my blog is merely a vehicle for passers-by. (sigh)
That being said.....
D is for Desert
It's dry and void of snow
Never is there a Christmas of white
Man, that really blows.
I have a theory. Phoenix was conceived my a mad scientist. His experiment was to ascertain the point where a society loses their ever-loving minds due to living in extreme heat conditions.
No doubt, heat, over long periods of time does mess with your head. It can cause you to hallucinate. Yep. Remember those movies depicting a lost soul wandering through the desert for days on end? Then, at the point of death, they experience a mirage where an oasis with a refreshing pool of blue water awaits them. They never make it, they just die with a mouth full of desert floor.
The heat messes with your head so much you are unable to escape. You are lethargic. Too many brain cells have been fried by the sun where you cannot even formulate a plan to cut and run. I've been in Arizona for almost twenty years and every year, when the temperature reaches triple digits, I can't seem to move about or, for that matter, think. It's like my legs are bucketed in cement and my brain has turned to mush.
So, what keeps me here? The tease of four months of glorious weather during a time where most of the country is shoveling out from under 6 feet of snow. You tend to forget just how flippin' hot it was for the past 8 months and how every single day for many many weeks in a row the temperature exceeded 110 degrees. Hell, I'm motivated to leave, but not until it's too late.
What's worse? Getting in to the spirit of Christmas is especially difficult when you end up having Christmas dinner outside on the patio because it's 82 degrees!!! During the holiday season, I want a snowman on my lawn not the remnants of the dead grass that did not make it through summer.
Those of you that complain about your 3-day rainfall or your icy conditions wouldn't stand a chance here in the desert. After just a few weeks, you'll begin to suffer from lack of cloud cover. Thank your luck stars you have the luxury of experiencing the four seasons. Because I tell you, living in the desert really blows.