The heat index will be.... 105 to 110 today.
This was the news when I turned on the radio. At 8:00 it was already 78F.
I do not live in Florida, but I can tell you it sure feels like Florida without the beach and coastal breezes.
Within seconds of stepping out the door, my body is covered with a thin film or water. My clothes begin to stick, clinging in all the wrong places.
It is going to be a long day.
Think about cool places, I tell myself.
Growing up in the west, it got hot but it didn't get humid like it does here. In other words, I didn't need to form gills until I moved to Nebraska and Virginia.
I remembers summers spent with windows open, running through sprinklers, days spent exploring the forests and creeks... I remember summer nights at drive-in movies, stars close enough to touch, and the desire to truly be outside rather than craving the relief offered by fans and air conditioners.
I swim through the air a bit farther and a bit closer to the air conditioner that is calling me....
I remember days spent sailing one summer, other days spent water skiing, enjoying lake side picnics, wind blowing through my hair while the boat skimmed across the water....
Almost there... I can see the doors of the building...
Summers spent backpacking through Europe... 4th of July in Scotland where I actually wore a sweatshirt in July and sat in a pub with Scottish lads celebrating the 4th with the Yanks.... eating ice cream in the plaza in Freyberg surrounded by centuries of history....Sitting lake side and searching for any sign of Nessie, because I know she is in there somewhere just waiting for the right time to surface...
The cool breeze rushes through the second set of doors as they slide open offering refuge to this soaking wet traveler.
Badge and keys in hand, I sprint through security, thankfully pop directly onto an elevator and up I go to my office, my wide open AC vent, and my change of clothes!
It is days like today and tomorrow that have me searching the company job site for positions in the west or another country or... well, anywhere that is not humid!