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Caught Heat, Everything Burns





It was 44 (111) degrees celcius today in Sydney.

Reports say that it's the second hottest day recorded here, but who really cares about such statements? I took this photo fifteen minutes ago and the heat was still trapped in everything outside. Stand on the pavement in bare feet and your soles burn. Movement is sweat. Birds make fading chirps. Old Air conditioners stutter out after twenty minutes. You wouldn't dream of touching another person. Sure, it gets hotter elsewhere in the country, it gets hotter elsewhere in the world, but none of that much matters when you're freezing drinks cause the fridge isn't good enough.

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justinelavaworm
Jan. 1st, 2006 10:17 am (UTC)
Hey, but the southerly just hit and is swirling through our flat right this minute. So very very wonderful!!
benpeek
Jan. 1st, 2006 10:23 am (UTC)
i'm in the western suburbs. deep in the western suburbs. it's going to take years before that hits!

but i'm very happy for you. i bregrudge no one space from this heat.
benpeek
Jan. 1st, 2006 10:36 am (UTC)
i take it back. it's here. you were right and i love you.
justinelavaworm
Jan. 1st, 2006 10:44 am (UTC)
Told ya! Told ya! Told ya!

This is one of things I love most about Sydney. A stinking hot day and then at the end of it: sweet, gorgeous, sexy southerly relief! Ain't nothing better!
benpeek
Jan. 1st, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
it is total neatness, yes. i like your icon, btw :)
justinelavaworm
Jan. 1st, 2006 11:53 am (UTC)
Seemed appropriate what with all the wind going down right now . . .

Good night! Happy new year!
benpeek
Jan. 1st, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC)
happy new year to you, too.
simplykathryn
Jan. 2nd, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
That's what I loved about living in Cronulla - I'd catch the train home from the stinking hot city and as soon as the line did the big curve east at Sutherland I swear the temperature would drop about 5 degrees.
bodhichitta0
Jan. 1st, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
Cool picture. Sorry about the heat but the ice is a bitch after awhile too. (Has actually been rather "pleasant" here--35 F--able to walk outside, kids play outside without needing to bundle up like the little brother in A Christmas Story.)
benpeek
Jan. 3rd, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
speaking as someone who has never had to deal with ice on a regular basis: i much prefer it to heat :)
simplykathryn
Jan. 2nd, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
When we were still living on the South Coast, my husband used to play fast pitch softball. I remember sitting out at Campbelltown one Saturday in summer, underneath an umbrella - my only movement was breathing and blinking and the sweat was just rolling off me.

That was also the day we stopped at McDonald's to get drinks on the way home - we ordered two large lemonades (we surely didn't feel like food) and the girl behind the counter, whose mind was obviously on autopilot, said 'Do you want drinks with that?'
benpeek
Jan. 3rd, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
good old maccas stuff ;)
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