June 17th, 2019

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Sunday Yet Again Late Again

So I got a ride to Safeway today, and though the best bargains were last Wednesday and Thursday I still bought a few useful things. Later I went to K-mart, but not to buy something. I had to return the bargain shoes I bought the other day. Although they were my size, they were much too tight. On examining them more carefully than I had in the store I discovered that though the right number size they were the wrong sex. They were women's shoes, which apparently have different sizing for the same numbers. Weird.

The store had displayed them on a rack facing the men's department, and the writing on the box and the inside ticket saying they were women's shoes was so small I was unable to read it without getting really close. Of course everybody's athletic shoes look pretty much alike these days, so there were no obvious clues. Still, it was dumb thing for me to have done. I will be more careful in the future. The odd thing is if the men's size 11 and women's size 11 had actually been the same size I'd b waring those shoes right now, and would never have known that I was transgressing an Old Testament rule by wearing a woman's garment. So I guess the sizing discrepancy saved me from being stoned to death in the public square had aliens transported me back in time to ancient Jerusalem. Whatever.

There is slightly good news about the weather, though. We are now predicted to have not three but only two days of 100-degree + temperatures, and the peak on Tuesday will be only 105, not 107. Whoopie!? It still seems unlikely that I'll be able to brave the heat and go to the other store tomorrow or the next day. Friday looks almost good, though, as it is now predicted to only get up to 88. Too bad the stuff I most want to buy will no longer be on sale then.

In the meantime I've got three more packages of quick cooking Asian soups so I can avoid putting extra heat into the kitchen. They were a bit pricier than my usual Top Ramen, but then my diet has been getting a bit boring lately, between the heat and the missing of so many grocery sales in recent weeks. It's worth spending a little bit more money to liven it up a bit. Thank goodness CVS has my favorite beer on sale for the rest of the year, and I can easily walk over there. My brain may fry but at least my throat can stay cool.

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Helter Swelter

It's probably the heat that is giving me very strange thoughts between sleeping and waking. I always have strange thoughts in that period, but now they are very strange, but I still can't remember them. They are rather like dreams that continue after you wake up, then gradually evaporate and leave no trace but the awareness that they happened.

The heat remained intense today even as dusk neared, and is still unpleasant even now. It's supposed to go down to 71 degrees tonight, but I won't be surprised if it doesn't get that low. Tomorrow is still predicted to get up to 105. I suspect I'll have to leave the air conditioning on until sometime late Wednesday night. By then it should get cool enough that I can open the windows and turn on the fan.

Right now I've got the AC set to 78 degrees, and I can still feel a blast of heat when I go outside. I'll be glad when this hot spell is over. No triple digit days are in the long range forecast after tomorrow, but highs will stay in the nineties well into next week.

It looks like I'll be reading far into the night. Eventually exhaustion might let me get to sleep, but then I'll probably wake up fairly soon and frequently to us the bathroom, I'm drinking so much water. But maybe I'll get lucky and swat most of it out.

An to think that July and August are still ahead.