Wow. Austin. Way different than Seattle, my family's old stomping grounds.
Or so I thought. I just heard the news (delivered by a recently melted in-law) that Seattle had not one, but TWO days this week with 102 degree temperatures! The 102-mark set a record. An all-time record. Yes, Seattle (in all its recorded-weather history) has NEVER hit 102 on the mercury before. Ever!
I jokingly tried to tell them that here in Central Texas, we have a word for 102-degree days -- WINTER!
OK, maybe that's a stretch, but not by too much anyway. It's hot here. We lived through last summer (our first in Texas), and a seemingly endless supply of 100-plus-degree days (a record 43 of them by Mid-August last year!) stronger and better conditioned for heat than I ever thought possible.
Just so you know, when we lived in Seattle -- where only roughly 10 percent of homeowners even have A/C -- we were one of those families! And, despite the rumors that Seattleites only need the A/C for 2 months out of the year, we used it year-round. And, before our precious daughter, Isabella, arrived on the scene, we kept the A/C set at an unthinkable 65 degrees at all times. (Our post-Izzy temperature 72-73 degrees)
Now, we're happy when the A/C can keep the house under 78. Usually it's 82 in here. And we're actually used to it.
Just for fun, here's an entry borrowed (and slightly sanitized by me) from my good friends at www.urbandictionary.com. (They don’t mind as long as I give them credit. Honest!)
By the way ... can you smell the pretense?
1. Any person living in, or within ten miles of The city of Seattle, WA
2.Is easily agitated when tourist asks to see the original Starbucks, Microsoft or Kurt Cobain's house. True Seattleites do not care for these things.
3.Considers Seattle to be the best city on Earth.
4. Is a pretentious coffee snob due to the thousands of delicious coffee houses and rostaries that surround them.
5. Any person who knows not to visit Pike Place Market on a Saturday.
6. Any person who was disappointed by Experience Music Project (EMP) (unlike the "masses" from across the country who come to visit it).
7. Anybody who knows that the only hamburger worth eating in the entire world is at Dick's -- and it's best to eat at the one on 45th.
8.Any person that hates it when Californians drive through Washington and cry about the rain and the cold.
9. Typically a city that is completely devoid of soccer moms.
On the 8th day God created Seattle
and on the 9th day God created the Seattleite
on the 10th day, God finally rested.