Sunday, January 22, 2006


If you have been perusing the Eastern Australian blogshere, especially those of us in Melbourne and our Adelaide cousins, you may have noticed either:

1. We have disappeared for the duration
2. All we can talk about is the weather

Today we are edging up towards our 43c (109.4 f) predicted high. That’s fine if you are acclimatised to such condtions, but most of us don’t have any real cooling in our homes. This terrace house, typical of the era, is double brick and built to retain heat. For the first 2 hot days it remains blissfully cool, then does sauna impersonations until the cool change has come around, taking at least 48 hours to cool down.

Of course nudity is one of the only options, to bare bear this weather (though beer too has its uses). Other survival techniques include.

1. Driving around in the car with the air con on full
2. Visiting friends/relatives with air con
3. Shopping centres, cinemas, libraries, restaurants – you guessed it with air con

More ecologically friendly options include:

4. Dampen a thin sarong and place in freezer for about 15 minutes, then wrap self in it
5. Sit in front of a fan in above sarong watching dvds
6. Large quantities of Mogadon to stay asleep til it cools down
7. Sitting in any cool body of water – bath, shower, pool, lake, river, sea
8. Spending a lot of time looking in the fridge
9. Long cool drinks with lots of ice
10. Booking into the ice hotel

Some really dumb things to do in this heat are:

1. Baking (and yes I know at least one person who did that yesterday)
2. Walk to a picnic in the gardens carrying a large esky
3. have sex – though it takes your mind off the weather, it’s only temporary, unless while at the movies….


Blogger flying kiwi said...

Yesterday I baked. And carried an esky (well, a chillibin actually), but that was evening and slightly cooler (around 30C) at Opera in the Alps.

I've had enough of this weather.

5:50 pm  
Blogger Armagnac Esq. said...

My first lascivious experiences were in darwin, so being all sweaty and slidey and having to find leverage with your toes to avoid running off the bed is for me still a slightly fond concept.

8:06 pm  
Blogger Justine said...

well said.

9:14 am  

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