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Monday, 25 July 2005
Just a little crazy
Topic: Raving
I was looking at some pictures that Mike Doughty posted from an outdoor gig he played in Boston recently, which reminded me that I missed Artscape in Baltimore this weekend, and I suddenly felt the strangeness of living through winter* in July. Even more strangely, I felt a deep craving for an East Coast summer.

I want to walk out my door and into a wall of hot, heavy air that sticks to my skin. I want to wonder why it is that humidity weighs down my clothes, yet impels my hair to wander far and wide from whatever style I've attempted to train it into. I want to need no excuse for lying around all day, because everybody recognizes that its just too hot to move. I want it to be summer, and I want it to be the summer I know, not the summer here that I briefly experienced when I first arrived, all dry heat and intense glare.

I remember the many little miseries of city summers. I lived through a bad one the summer after college, in a sub-let studio apartment with no air conditioner. I remember lying absolutely still in my bed night with the fan blowing directly across me, hoping I'd fall asleep before I felt the need to turn my pillow over again in a fruitless quest to find a cool spot. I remember wanting it just to be cool enough that I wouldn't start sweating as soon as I turned off the water in the shower. I remember that, when the wind did blow, it only brought in the smell of tar from the roof. And yet the summer that I love is the summer that feels like a sauna and smells like things that haven't been properly dry for days, and right now, as crazy as it sounds, I'm envying all of you who are having that summer.

*This must be qualified with the disclaimer that the season referred to as "winter" in Melbourne would barely pass muster as late fall in most places I've lived.

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Updated: Friday, 26 August 2005 3:55 AM BST

Saturday, 30 July 2005 - 5:42 AM BST

Name: George Carmichael

We just went through a stretch of 90+ temps with over 80% humidity and I can't see why you would miss it. I could also do away with the sub freezing temps and blizzards.

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Monday, 1 August 2005 - 4:35 AM BST

Name: eninnej

Heh. Well, I'm definitely not saying its always fun, but I guess if you're going to love summer, its going to be the summer you've grown up with. Even if that summer is very much like a bad cross between a sauna and a swamp.

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Tuesday, 2 August 2005 - 6:02 PM BST

Name: Dan

You can take the 100+ heat indeces any day. Air conditioning is the ultimate savior in these cases! But I can understand the nostalgia. I especially understand the justification for laziness, because no one else wants to move or leave the A/C either.

I missed Artscape unfortunately, I was just too tired the night I wanted to go, when Drive-By Truckers were playing. Oh well. Those pics made me miss Boston...

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Wednesday, 3 August 2005 - 5:53 AM BST

Name: eninnej

Too tired to go to Artscape? What kind of nonsense is that? If I didn't love you to much to wish the suburbs on you, I'd tell you that you don't deserve to live in Baltimore. Punk.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011 - 10:17 PM GMT

Name: dan

Chickasaw tribe

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