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June 25, 2013

Kali Davies-Anderson: Summer ain't what it used to be

NEW CASTLE — I am not complaining, but it has been HOT these past few days in New Castle, PA. Not just warm or kind of hot, it has been SCORCHING HOT. I am still unsure as to  how the weather went from low 60’s to 90’s overnight, but that seems to be how we roll here in Western, PA.

Hot summer days will always remind me of my childhood. Throughout the entire school year, I day-dreamed about summer vacation. We never really took an actual vacation, but that did not matter to me. I looked forward to sleeping in, swimming, playing kickball in the field behind my house and getting ice cream before bed. Those were simpler times.

Unfortunately, however, I take a much different approach to summer now. Summers now are my personal peak time for complaining. That’s right, I spend the entire winter months (all 9 of them) complaining about snow and ice and cold and then spend the more sparse summer months complaining about summer and heat and SUN. But, that’s what adults do, we complain.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy some things about summer, but it’s just not the same. I can no longer spend the entire day swimming or taking naps…I now have to face the heat like a warrior in battle, and since I do not have Central A/C in my home, it’s going to be a long and arduous battle.

It begins first thing in the morning.

I do, thankfully, have a window unit in my bedroom, so I do actually get some sleep. However, when I turn the knob of my bedroom door and slowly open it to the hallway the lyrics to ‘Disco Inferno’ play boldly in my head. When the door opens I am bombarded by a rush of scolding hot air.

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