Friday, May 20, 2011
Believe in sheltering skies and stable earth beneath (Mountain Goats)
It was forecast to be 46 degrees today. A new high. But in reality it was 48 degrees.
What's that feel like?
It's like opening the door on a hot clothes dryer, except the air continues to blow hot and it doesn't stop when you unplug it. And it follows you around, all day, and all of the night (good song in there somewhere).
It's so hot the bananas are ripe for a day and then not.
It's so hot that people are shading themselves with umbrellas and newspapers.
It's so hot that today at school I could feel m y s p e e c h s l o w i n g d o w n a n d m y b o d y m o v e m e n t s b e c o m i n g a r e a l e f f o r t. The brain goes into a temporary kind of go slow. I was speaking to Hesham (my translator) after assembly (about 7.30am) and it was like I was moving/thinking in slow motion. Then we walked into a classroom block where the AC was working and the change in both of us was amazing. We were both suddenly back into normal mode, like we'd woken up. A very strange sensation indeed.
It's so hot that if the ACs break down we send the students home! Today I was observing an Arabic Studies lesson and the window was open. The hot air came in and met the colder AC air of the classroom and it struct me as the reverse of what I'm used to in Nu Zild classrooms where there are no ACs (but there should be).
And it's going to get hotter.