Sunday, June 8, 2008
Tough? Or Just Stupid?
There's no point in trying to avoid it. I'm talking about summer heat in Washington DC. I know, some folks stay in their a/c houses, moving, when necessary, into their a/c cars in order to travel to their a/c cubicles at work. After work? A journey to an a/c supermarket, restaurant, or movie theater, then home ... to a/c of course.
That's not how we do it in DC, mostly. One of our shared values is an identification with being tough. So we go about our daily walks as if the air wasn't shimmering with heat. We sit out in the sun, some of us even take our usual run or bike ride.
When it's "just" hot, like yesterday and today, 100 F. (38 C), I like to put on a wide brimmed hat and take a walk at midday. Or a short bike ride. I'm not stupid - I don't stay out for a long time, and I know about hydration, etc. For me it's a shamanic dance of alignment with reality. Or maybe I like to pretend I'm tough, too.
Everyone draws the line somewhere. On days when the air is foul, those Code Red days? I stay inside and breathe filtered air. And on those days I judge the folks who are tougher than I am, out there taking a run in that toxic brew of heat, humidity and smog. I believe these people have taken it "too far." Or maybe I'm just intimidated by their will power. There's no shortage of that in DC, not ever!
Today is a work day. I'll move my massage table down to the first floor of Quiet Waters so I don't have to crank the a/c up to maximum. I won't be sitting on the porch between clients, either. It's supposed to crack 100 again today.
Summer is here. Hunker down, people! Or not ... whatever ...