Friday, July 3, 2009

Hot & Tacky

Leave it to Seattleites to complain all Winter and Spring about the dreary weather. Then, when the sun does finally show up in earnest, to complain even more about how HOT it is.

Ok, so it only reached 90 degrees Fahrenheit here today, but when you feed that into a normal temperature conversion translator (such a device must exist in a back room of some government warehouse somewhere) it would feel something like 140 degrees to a resident of, say, Arizona or perhaps Southern California. It might even feel slightly uncomfortable to a resident of Hell, but I suppose that would be the point.

Despite the heat, we were out this morning visiting Gas Works Park in Seattle. Even at 10 AM it was already uncomfortable and crowded with work crews. Not what we had hoped for. I'm not sure but I suspect the heat had something to do with the fate of one unfortunate family, the remains of whom are only seen in the photo below.

Bizarre. But the oddities did not end there. As we rounded one hill I was immediately sickened and shocked at what I viewed. All I could think to say was "Dam You! Dam you all to Hell!!"

Yes, it was true. As much as I didn't want to believe it, it turns out Seattle did have a tacky underbelly. Proven by this rather enormous inflatable Statue of Liberty Head overlooking the park and television platforms which were being erected to film the local Independence Day fireworks display.

In the end it was all just too hot, sticky, and "tacky" for our taste. We loaded up Lukas, kept a keen eye peeled out for any apes on horses (just in case) and made our way to the car to crank the AC and head home to find a cooler way to keep cool.

Happy 4th of July to all!


Dan said...

It's hot and sticky here too at the moment. I really don't like it at all.

Ed said...

Funny. That's what I thought, too.

Steve said...

That moment in (the original film of) Planet of the Apes made such an impression on me as a youngster that when I saw this snap in your blog my stomach actually turned over!

It's been very hot here too, but frankly after two dreary wet summers I refuse to complain!

James (SeattleDad) said...

@Dan - Thankfully it was a bit better here today, but still fairly warm for my taste. Hope it cools off there soon.

@Ed - I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to use that picture.

@Steve - I was going for the humor, but wasn't expecting anyone to have quite that reaction. It certainly was a memorable scene. One of my favorites.

Lady Mama said...

I'm intrigued with the chalk drawing on the floor!? Sounds like a very bizarre outing. And far too hot for comfort.

James (SeattleDad) said...

@Lady Mama - Never did learn the fate of that poor family, and yes it was way too hot to stay out where there was no shade.

Claudya Martinez said...

I live in San Francisco (THE greatest city on the planet) and people here start to melt when it hits 80 degrees.

Love the chalk family.

Knatolee said...

Where's her BODY?! Is someone holding it hostage?!

And yes, 90F is stinky hot for the northwest. It's too hot for me here in Ontario, but when we lived in BC, the temps hit 90F (or over 30C) a few times every summer, and people would just wilt.

WILLIAM said...

I ,too, thought planet of the apes.

FilmFather said...

I hope nobody -- human or damn dirty ape -- put their stinking paws on you during your short trip.

James (SeattleDad) said...

@Unknown Mami - We just aren't used to it, that's all. Thanks for stopping by.

@Knatolee - Look for a new X-Files movies about it. (The chalk people, not the heat of course.)

@William - They opened up for tours into her crown, but I didn't want to brave the lines.

@FilmFather - The only apes we saw were actually quite civilized. I think one was a professor or something.

Darren said...

Weird. There was a giant inflatable space needle in New York last week.

Just kidding. And I wish it were 90 degrees here; we've barely been over 70.