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Friday, April 18, 2008

But It's a Dry Heat!

This post here goes out to anyone who looks at Phoenix's temperature and states... "that's not bad, at least it's a dry heat" and actually believes that. You know what else is a dry heat?

This thing:

Try sticking your head in there for awhile, sure doesn't feel good does it?

There are a lot of things to compare here, namely, why do people feel this way? Sure, when it's 95 and 100% humidity, that feels absolutely horrible, I know, I spent a week in Maine about 10 years ago during a major heatwave, it was not exactly pleasant. The problem with this is that we are comparing apples to oranges. There is a reason it's a dry heat, there is so much sun beating down on Earth that it drys up the air making humidity impossible. Now, not everyone can imagine how this feels. What you will need to do is imagine all the moisture in your skin evaporating, to do this, try taking a hair dryer on full power and aim it at your arm from about a foot or so up, Ahh, our great August wind.

Now, a lot of people also have this idea that Phoenix never gets rain. That's only partially true, every fall, we have our monsoon season. To anyone that has not had the pleasure to be here for one of these, let me explain. The wind shifts from S->N to N->S, bringing cool air down with it, and cool air and warm air, they don't like eachother, so the moisture from the cool air will begin to form to clouds which will hang out, outside of Phoenix, but never actually making their way into Phoenix, due to the heat rising off of the concrete and asphault in the heat island. Eventually, the city will start to cool at night and these massive clouds will start rolling into town. The thunderstorms don't usually last very long, but they are very powerful, and usually preceded by some very fun duststorms.

My favorite part of the heat, above all else, is that whenever you feel like you want to escape it, you can always just into a pool, as most homes in the Phoenix area will have them. The only problem, pool temperatures are usually the same as the air temp during the night, putting your relaxing pool at a refreshing bath-water temp of 85-95 degrees.

Anyone else have some complaints about their cities?

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Life isn't Always Funny

I'm going to drift off topic a little bit because of recent happenings in my life. I pride myself on being able to get through any situation by using humor. As I write this, I'm sitting in the waiting room at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit while my girlfriend's little brother is sitting in the room with tubes all in and out of him. When you hear the phrase don't do drugs, you do little to worry about it. A 16 Year old kid in intensive care with a cocaine overdose is enough to care.

Nothing prepares you for something like this. Everyone knows someone who has been in the hospital, but the sight of someone you love, someone that young, lying on a bed with a machine helping him breathe, you aren't ready for that.

At this point, we do not know what will happen, multiple stories from multiple docs. They had him knocked out all last night to help his body come off the drugs, but they were saying his motions while unconcious may signal brain damage. Currently he has undergone multiple tests to see the extent of the damage as his heart stopped twice while in the ambulance.

I wish I could finish this with an April Fools, but like I said, Life just isn't always funny.

Update 4/13.

He has been moved out of ICU to a Regular bed in the hospital, all vitals are good, right now we are just praying for a full mental recovery. Most recent MRI shows brain damage in the area's that control hips and shoulders, possibly vision as well, but we won't know until he is able to speak again and let us know for sure. He is able to move his arms and legs as he has kicked a few people lol. Luckily he is under the age of 18 and his brain should be able to re-map what areas control what.