The heat crawls around corners and under the cracks in doors looking for the back of your neck, where it can spread slowly and vaporize under and over your sheets in a melodramatic embrace that takes over your entire life until you walk over to the air conditioner and slowly squelch the crazed intruder. Life in the desert changes you and the way you think about life.
Everything changes. You'll have to know if you're going to buy perishable food before you leave the house, so you can take the cooler. If you're going to Costco, you'll be better off with the large cooler which doesn't fit in the small car. So now it's a question of which car. Many summers ago you stopped asking about whether or not those particular pants made you look fat. The crucial aspect of pants are whether or not they give you heat rash.
Yesterday, a huge area around here had a power outage that affected almost 4,000 homes and businesses where restaurants, gyms, dry cleaners, everyone was dealing with immense heat. The reason we moved here has, for a few months anyway, become our enemy.
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