Originally posted by FissionSurplus
I can't decide which is the worst: Another La Nina summer, with record heat, no rain, and trees withering under the stress, or an El Nino summer and
fall, bringing above average rainfall, cooler temperatures, and all that radiation from Fukishima that comes with the rain.
You know, I have lived in Texas since 1980. 25+ years in Dallas and the last 6 years in Lubbock. I am, totally, over it all!!!! But, due to my current
financial situation, am incapable of getting the hell out of here. I, truly, HATE Lubbock. But brought my dying father here in 2006 and mom wanted to
stay for a while because of grand kids here. Then she became severely ill in 2010 and we never made it out of here like we, both, wanted to.....she
passed the end of August, 2011 and NOW I am stuck.
Yesterday, it was close to 107 in some parts of Lubbock - per the local TV station reports at 6pm. Being, basically, homeless - I am staying with a
woman who out of the kindness of her heart has been allowing me to stay in her space bedroom. She is not charging me anything because I have ZERO
money and she understands all the mental & emotional stuff I have had to endure since mother passed away.
That being said, it appears the recession is slowly starting to hit in Lubbock and she has been 'laid off. (FIRED) from one of her part time school
system jobs at the end of the school year. So......she is really stressed out not knowing how she came make house payments, car payment, utilities,
etc. in the coming year. Due to this she really conserves on the electric bill by not running the AC as much as possible.
Yesterday, since I am job searching, I was out in it for several hours. Her dog & mine were really suffering all day long. So much so that they would
not eat and just laid around in coolest spots in the house they could find. I worrying about my dog....he is 5 years old but is use to being shaved in
the summer months. Well, I cannot afford it this year and the poor guy is paying the price. I kept spraying him down with cool water and tried to keep
his paws cool. I was told that was how to cool a dog down - their paws.
Anyway, she drives a school bus during most of the day and I KNEW how much she must have suffered thru out the day. Hell, all she has are a couple of
small fans to blow the hot air around. When she got home she, immediately, started closing windows to turn the AC on. She has been using it during
sleeping hours the past 2 nights (7pm-6am) or we would not be able to sleep the heat is sooooo stifling. She even has ceiling fans in every room, but
bath, in the house. Those really help a lot. BUT, I believe this kind of heat can, and will, kill people. Much like people freeze to death in the
Hell, it has been so damn hot that cooking anything is out of the question. Nothing is appealing but something cold - salads, sandwiches, etc.
Basically, I agree with the quote in as far as it will be a terrible summer in Texas no matter how the weather is. I think every state is showing some
radiation, from Japan, in the food and water supplies. So rain will be a bitch - but feel so good - and the heat?? Well, you all that live down here