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August 14, 2003

is it hot yet?

Illustrious blogger bill quick caught all kinds of flack in HIS comments for writing a post similar to mine about the European Heat Wave. He gets more lefty readers than I do, and they all seem to believe that calling the French pussies for being unable to cope with 100-degree temperatures somehow is "dancing on the graves of children and the elderly."

I don't want to dance on any graves, but one simple fact remains. I live in Southeast Georgia. The summers are HOT here, and I ain't talking just a little bit hot, either. It's hotter than the gates of hell on Roast a Pig day when Satan has all the fires stoked to full blast. The humidity makes the air thick enough to cut with a knife and the sweat just drips off you because evaporation is impossible when the air is already saturated.

We don't drop dead.

We didn't drop dead before air conditioning, either. I don't give a shit about what the "Global Warming" nutballs say. I remember summers that were a lot hotter than this one. And I lived through those WITHOUT air conditioning. My parents never air-conditioned the Original Crackerbox until my brother and I moved out on our own. I never even had a goddam fan, for crying out loud.

I remember many a summer night when I threw my pillow on the tile floor of my bedroom and slept there like a dog because my bed was nothing but a pool of unevaporated sweat. I went through three-a-day practice summer football camp in full equipment in that heat, too. But I lived through it.

I suppose Southerners adjust their bodies to the heat through experience. I drink a LOT of water at work. So does everybody else I work with. Sweating is something we all do very well. But we also bathe and shower regularly, too, which is something the French have yet to figure out.

The news media love any kind of disaster story, and French assholes dying in 100-degree weather fits that bill. I disagree with their take on the matter. The heat isn't killing anybody. Pure-assed ignorance is.

100-degree weather never killed anybody who drinks enough water and knows when to cool off. Give me the heat. I would rather sweat than shiver. I've had more practice at sweating.

Of course, sabrina has this pithy comment to make:

Some are right... they don't have as much a/c in Europe as others, though I think they're crazy for it. Here in Chicago we had something like 700 deaths 8 years ago due to the heat. People here do have a/c but some were just too stubborn to turn the stupid thing on. Oh well, I guess that's Darwinism for you. I would like to see some of you southerners survive through a winter up here though. I laugh every time 2 inches of snow shuts down a city down there. :) *ducks*

Sabrina, we don't WANT to survive the kind of Brutal Afghan Winters you have in Chicago. That's why we live in the South. Snow is a goddam anomaly and IT DOESN'T BELONG HERE!!!

We'll take the heat. Any day. When you're really sweaty, a tall glass of iced tea tastes especially good.

So does a cold beer.

Comments

It's hot and I am not complaining, despite dragging my loaded carcass around with an extra 30 pounds. Why you ask?

Well, it's summertime and it's supposed to be hot. Damn people. I mean seasonal changes are hardly a news flash.

I like hot weather anyway. (but I do love fans and air conditioning - but I don't ALWAYS use them.)

Posted by: DAwn on August 14, 2003 05:54 PM

Read you - some, not a lot. Agree with you - hardly ever. You do make me laugh though.

Gotta say, you hit this nail directly on the head. Those stinky pusses in France deserve to die if they can't handle the heat.

Have visited your neck of the woods in August, and agree the humidity is something powerful. I live on the edge of the So. Cal. desert where 108 is the norm this time of year, perfer this to what you have cause it's dry.

Either way I would invite the French to kiss both of our cracker asses!!!

Posted by: cinders on August 14, 2003 06:32 PM

I've been GOLFING in 103 degree heat and pure sun this month.
"Twilight" fees start at 1 pm, and my partner is a cheap ass.

Drink water. Continuously. Wait for beer until back in the clubhouse.

Stupid French fucks. What else is new ?

Posted by: Dan Pursel on August 14, 2003 07:02 PM

Acid Dude,

You are killing me man...

It's hot here in Texas, and with all this laughing I've been doing, over the "heat-wave" in Europe, my abs will be in great shape soon.

Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Blowback on August 14, 2003 08:29 PM

Acid Dude,

You are killing me man...

It's hot here in Texas, and with all this laughing I've been doing, over the "heat-wave" in Europe, my abs will be in great shape soon.

Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Blowback on August 14, 2003 08:30 PM

Acid Dude,

You are killing me man...

It's hot here in Texas, and with all this laughing I've been doing, over the "heat-wave" in Europe, my abs will be in great shape soon.

Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Blowback on August 14, 2003 08:30 PM

This is a win/win situation. The same heat wave that is killing the Frogs is probably gonna produce the best wines since 1947. The only problem is getting the grapes picked. Maybe we could ship 'em some Mexicans.

Posted by: Denny Wilson on August 14, 2003 10:53 PM

Not to inject the cool voice of reason into this heated non-debate:

People get acclimated to certain weather zones. They tend to die or get sick if the temperature varies too persistently out of the expected range.

In today's Washington Post they published those ranges for a sampling of cities:

The ability to tolerate heat appears to be a product of culture and experience to some extent. In almost all parts of the world, there is a band of temperature in which mortality rates from all causes are lower, with higher death rates when temperatures rise or fall outside that band. That temperature band, however, varies from country to country.

A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2000 looked at temperature bands associated with minimum population mortality in Europe. In northern Finland, the band was 58 to 63 degrees; in London it was 67 to 72 degrees; and in Athens it was 73 to 78 degrees.

3000 people have died in France. Yeah, that's sure funny.

Posted by: Pascale Soleil on August 15, 2003 10:25 AM

"People get acclimated to certain weather zones. They tend to die or get sick if the temperature varies too persistently out of the expected range."

And yet our troops who are over in Iraq where the temps sore to 120 or so aren't dropping like flies like the French pussies!

So yes, it IS funny!

Posted by: serenity on August 15, 2003 12:24 PM

Um, no, it's not funny. Why do we think it's funny when people die? Do you think the World Trade Center deaths were funny? Then shut the hell up. People in America die from heat strokes, etc., as well. Do you laugh at them, too? Please let me know when the next member of your immediate family dies, so I can come laugh at him/her.

I'm from the South, and I hate the heat. I avoid it as much as possible. So, Acidman, um, quit speaking for other people when you have no clue what you're talking about. Say that YOU like the heat, but not that EVERYONE in the South likes it.

And no, they don't have air conditioning in much of Europe because such extremes in temperature are unusual, and why would they spend extra money on something when chances are they'll never need it? It may not make sense to you, because you're all too close-minded to see things from any perspective other than your own, but it's pretty common sense.

Posted by: Elena on August 15, 2003 01:47 PM

I never said that I LIKE the heat. I prefer it over cold, and I can handle it. I work in a chemical plant. When it's 100 degress outside, it's 130 degrees on the micronizer deck. I don't drop dead there.

Besides, the French lied their whining, pussy asses off about the heat deaths anyway. And I DO LAUGH at that.

Buncha pussies.

Posted by: Acidman on August 15, 2003 05:36 PM

The thing about the heatwave in Europe is interesting. Here in Wisconsin, it doesn't get real hot in the summer. I like the cold weather and snow better than the heat. Give me 10 degrees below and snow before that nasty 100 degree heat. I can always put more clothes on. I'm limited as to how much I can take off. I can deal with the heat, but it makes me crabby. I couldn't live in the South. More power to those of you that can take the heat.

Posted by: Dawn on August 16, 2003 07:24 PM

The people in Chicago didn't die because they were "too stubborn" to turn on the A/C, but because they were living on limited incomes and were afraid of generating electrical bills they would not be able to pay. And most of the Chicago and French dead were elderly, who are more susceptible. Very funny.

Thanks for the info about the "temperature band." I observe that if there is unseasonable weather for a week or two more people come down with colds, so that rings true to me.

FWIW I prefer heat to cold, but I don't bear up well under high humidity.

Posted by: Yehudit on August 17, 2003 07:50 PM

I'm living in Germany now on a military post, and it's hot here. And we're grumpy about it, even though we're not strangers to heat. The real problem is the crappy German fans. We bought one to get us by until our belongings arrived from the USA, and it was a piece of junk. We tore into our boxes last week and plugged in our Honeywell fan...which nearly blew us out the window. Three cheers for Honeywell: that fan cost us less and is ten times better.

Posted by: Sarah on August 21, 2003 04:11 AM

Only in this country will you see morons actually rejoice themselves of the death of old people...Have you gone stupid or were you born that way!Mind you,when something bad happens here,i only hear sorrow from other countries..I guess THEY know what compassion means..Then again,no other country will ever post 10.000 +gun murders /year,since after all,they have more values,education,and don't promote hate and fear on a daily basis..And since all you guys hate french so much,remember this country would not even have existed without them giving their lives for your sorry ancesters...

Try peace in your mind if that's what you wish for yourselves...and possibly others.
If not,well...live and learn as what you give out IS what you'll receive.
I know,that's borderline Buddhism,and most of you probably are too busy drinking beer and driving polluting SUV's,but in case you want to evolve,stop watching tv,and pick-up some books.
Peace.

A frenchman not scared of heat.

Posted by: frenchie on August 30, 2003 04:52 PM

as far as the world trade center deaths go, they were MURDERED.
as far as the heat deaths in france go, they let themselves die, let the elderly die, and ignored it because it was 'mandatory' vacation.
And yes there is such a thing as survival of the fittest, and even survival of the smartest, what we are seeing is the thinning of the stupid, and theres nothing wrong with that. EVERYONE dies, thats not the point, the point is, STOP BEING SUCH A DUMBASS, DRINK A GLASS OF WATER AND MAKE SURE GRANDMA HAS A FAN.

morons...
/rant off

Posted by: Ribhog on September 25, 2003 01:38 PM
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