The woman scanned the arena. Three thousand (or so) students were sitting below her, anxiously awaiting their graduation diplomas. She craned her neck and strained her eyes looking for the one student she was there to see. Her dear friend was being awarded her PhD today and the woman was not about to get distracted from the presentation….but good grief it was hot in Arizona as the sweat trickled down her forehead….it was July after all.
In the immortal words of Matthew Broderick, “it’s like Africa hot”! Now, the woman had never been to Africa but she was pretty darn sure that Arizona was at least face-of-the-sun hot! She was melting!
Apparently this summer heat phenomenon has made an impression on other visitors to Arizona. Below is an excerpt of the “Arizona Diary” that was published about Arizona in the Apache Junction – Gold Canyon News:
June 14th: Really heating up. Got to 108 today. Not a problem. Live in an air-conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car, work in an air-conditioned office. What a pleasure to see the sun every day like this. I’m turning into a real sun worshipper.
June 30th: Had the backyard landscaped with western plants today. Lots of cactus and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here.
July 10th: The temperature hasn’t been below 100 all week. How do people get used to this kind of heat? At least it’s a dry heat. Getting used to it is taking longer than I expected.
July 15th: Fell asleep by the pool. Got 3rd degree burns over 60% of my body. Missed two days of work; what a dumb thing to do. I learned my lesson though: got to respect the ol’ sun in a climate like this.
July 25th: Dry heat, my butt. Hot is hot! The home air-conditioner is on the fritz and the A/C repairman charged $250 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts.
July 30th: Been sleeping outside by the pool for three nights now and got stung by a scorpion. Spent several hours in the emergency room. At least it was air conditioned. Why did I ever come here?
August 4th: 115 degrees! Finally got the air-conditioner fixed today. It cost $1,200 and gets the temperature down to about 90. I hate this [expletive deleted] state.
August 8th: If I hear another guy wisecrack like, “Hot enough for you today?” I’m going to tear his [expletive deleted] throat out. Damn heat. By the time I get to work the radiator is boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and my deodorant’s not working!
August 10th: The weather report might as well be a damn recording: Hot and Sunny. It’s been too hot to sleep for two damn months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week. Doesn’t it ever rain in this barren damn desert? $1,700 worth of cactus just dried up and blew into the [expletive deleted] pool. Even a cactus can’t live in this heat.
August 14th: Welcome to Hell! Temperature got to 120 today. Forgot to crack the window and blew the [expletive deleted] windshield out of my car. The installer came to fix it and said, “Hot enough for you today?” My wife had to spend the house payment to bail me out of jail.
August 30th: Worst day of the damn summer. I’m not leaving the house. The monsoon rains finally came and all they did is to make it muggier than hell. Nobody told me about staying out of the washes during a “flash flood” warning, so my car is now floating somewhere in Mexico with its new windshield.
September 10th: Seventy-five days in a row over 100 degrees. That does it. To hell with Arizona! We’re moving back to [Nebraska] and buying a snow blower.
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