(Note: if you’re not interested in more talk about the weather, head on over to Professor Barnhardt’s Journal and see what ‘s new there.)
Is it possible to be changed by the weather? I don’t mean getting goosebumps when you’re really cold or sweating when you’re really hot. I mean is it possible for your mind/soul/DNA to actually be changed in some way? It has been so humid the past couple of weeks that I have noticed a profound difference between the way I feel in the summer and the way I feel in the fall/winter. My ambition, my outlook, my mood, maybe even time and space itself, has been crushed by this humidity.
The past day has been better, with temps in the 80s instead of 95-100 and the humidity pedal not pushed all the way to the floor. There’s a breeze coming in the front door once in a while that I can feel if I’m sitting in a certain place and the door is open at just the right angle. In a way it’s like when you’re sick. You walk around for a couple of days or a week with everything slightly “off” and hazy and then you feel better and things seem a little clearer, a little less dreary, a little more like you’re running in real time. But wait: as I type this I can feel the humidity creeping back, dew point by dew point, drip by drip. It’s saying, “this is just a little break in the action…you know you have August to get through still, right?”
I’m getting by with the help of four things: a fan, my knowledge that the summer will eventually end, iced tea, and Fresca, The Most Underrated Soft Drink in the World (TM?). Why isn’t there a massive new ad campaign for this drink, with a well-loved celebrity praising it and groups of people dancing and singing while holding a can or people laughing and running on the beach because they’re drinking Fresca and they have 0% body fat?? Why isn’t everyone on The Walking Dead drinking Fresca? Why doesn’t Howard Stern have a Fresca can in front of him on America’s Got Talent? Why isn’t every person making FrescaScapes on their computers?