Wednesday, July 08, 2009


Days like this make me remember a song from back when I was a kid in New Jersey

Of course, in NJ ‘hot time’ meant it got up to 84f - to us that was hot. And the humidity was usually around 98%, but at night it did cool down to 83 or so and sometime rained. I remember laying I bed trying to sleep but being so hot and sticky, no breeze or air movement at all, and just feeling the heat. Right now here it’s 105 (40c), but the humidity is 4%, so when I go outside it does feel warm, but not that sticky feeling that comes from feeling wet and clammy at the same time. You know it's hot when starting up the car that has been sitting for two days and the temp gauge is already in the middle. We are running our two ‘swamp coolers’ - evaporative coolers that just have large fans forcing air through wet filters. This drops the air temperature by 25 degrees, keeping it around 80 inside. After living here for six years the 80 seems cool, and I walk outside periodically to warm up. Tonight it will cool down by 30 degrees to about 74 or so (23c), meaning that we can turn off all the coolers and just enjoy the evening breezes. We’ll probably roll back the pool cover and float in the water at sunset, the water temp is up to 90f, a little cool for me but enjoyable. On the Fourth we floated and watched the sky go dark and the starts become visible, as our neighbors shot off all of the illegal fireworks they bought at the Indian shop a few miles up the road. The weather report says the dew point is 13f, meaning that we will not get moisture coming out of the air until the temperature drops to 13, not too likely today. This is July in Vegas.

I would much rather have weather like this than almost anything else. Well, we did have a very pleasant stay in the Caribbean where the temperature stayed at around 80 for a solid week. That was pretty nice. And May in Paris whatever the temperature was pretty nice too.

Several people have been posting reviews of movies and plays, so I thought that I would join in and do a brief review of a musical play that we went to see a few weeks ago. Up at the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park there is a summer theatre program where different plays and musicals are presented. B received notice from a group she is part of about the Buddy Holly Story being presented there this year. She had gone a few years ago and appreciated the atmosphere, so we thought that we’d get some tickets and try again. Advance tickets are $10, you bring a blanket or chairs and picnic and sit on the grass and enjoy the entertainment. It’s up next to Red Rock Park, a thousand feet or so above the valley floor, and about 20 degrees cooler. The plays start at 8, a little after sunset, we arrived early one Wednesday and sat down and had something to eat and talked and waited.

Here’s what the area looked like. Sorry, I couldn’t put together a panorama view or it would be too small, so put these together in your mind.

Las Vegas is off in this direction, over the hill to the east.

My review of the play? Well, evidently this is run by a volunteer organization, and there was some type of technical problem that delayed the start. Since it was a performance that runs for over two hours, and I get up at five to go into work, I figured an 78pm start time, plus drive back home (about 45 minutes) would still give me enough sleep for the following work day. Well, with the technical problems delaying the start, eventually it got to be after 9pm and still no estimate on when things would start. This was the point at which we, and quite a few others, packed up and left. The majority of viewers looked to be retired, and seemed to be having a good time talking and drinking, so they did not seem into much of a rush. I have no idea if they eventually the play started or if the showing were cancelled. But it was a pleasant evening out anyway.

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