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08:40 pm: Conversations with my team teachers
The topic on everyone's mind is the heat. It pervades every aspect of life. ...And the scary thing is, it hasn't even gotten into full swing yet.

Team teacher: You have an air conditioner, don't you?

Me: Yes...in one room.

This exchange was repeated later with another teacher. Only this time, there was a followup question.

Team teacher: Do you have any plans for this weekend?

Me: I will stay in that one room.

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From:basicblack
Date:June 24th, 2005 07:24 am (UTC)
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*Smiles wryly* I hope that works out for you. Whereabouts in Japan are you again? We shall hope for a cooler weekend...
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 24th, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
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Whereabouts in Japan are you again?

On this map, I'm in the city closest to Kyoto, Moriyama.
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From:megory
Date:June 24th, 2005 08:18 am (UTC)

Great plan!

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Maybe that and a popsicle!

If you have to leave for any reason, don't forget the old scouting trick which I often used also in the hot, humid jungle in Mexico, the Huasteca, of getting a bandana wet in (cool) water, rolling it and tying it around the neck. For some reason, even though it's humid out the water evaporates cooling the blood vessels near the surface of the skin that go to the head. When the head feels cooler, it's a little more bearable. If we had to sit for meetings outdoors, we would sometimes also wet a bandana, then hold on of the tips in front of our face and spin it like a lasso creating a fan effect. That used to feel good, too.

But your first plan is the bomb!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 24th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Great plan!

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Thanks for the reminder.
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From:firesign10
Date:June 24th, 2005 08:49 am (UTC)
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Wow! I didn't realize the heat was so bad there. Is that it for the whole summer now? Thank goodness for the ac.....any chance you can get another one to expand your sphere?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 24th, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC)
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I didn't realize the heat was so bad there.

It's not just the heat, it's the combination of the heat and humidity. The humidity rarely drops below 80%. (I just checked weather.com, which says it's currently 72°F with 83% humidity...and it's still only 5am.) So you always feel sticky, no matter what. That really saps away your will to...well, do pretty much anything.

Is that it for the whole summer now?

Yep. It won't start cooling down until October.

any chance you can get another one to expand your sphere?

Not likely, since the apartment is rented.

I am fortunate, however, in that I have concentrated my bed, computer, and TV all in the room with AC, so I can stay in here most of the time without too much trouble. Cooking, however, can be quite miserable.
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From:firesign10
Date:June 24th, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC)
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It won't start cooling down until October

Wah! :-( I can deal with being cold - there is always something else to put on - but being too hot just puts me into a semi-coma. It gets pretty bad here in New England for quite a stretch at a time (surprisingly?) but at some point you get a break for a couple of days.

I have concentrated my bed, computer, and TV all in the room with AC
Thank goodness! Summer hibernation LOL.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 24th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Thank goodness! Summer hibernation LOL.

Now I just have to figure out whether it's worth shoving aside my videotapes and manga to clear a spot on the living room table to put my sewing machine...
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From:megory
Date:June 24th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)

Probably...

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but only at 5 AM. I can't imagine doing anything after it gets even warmer.
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