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Saturday, May 28, 2011

France, ready or not, here I come!

Oy vey. I am so not prepared for this trip but what can you do? I still haven't packed. My flight isn't until tomorrow night at 8:30pm so I feel like I have plenty of time to do it tomorrow. I have gone shopping for all my personal items (soap, handy wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, et cetera) so I have prepared in that way but I haven't tackled my wardrobe and to be honest, it is a daunting prospect.

If I am to be honest, truly the reason why I have not packed as of yet is because I really don't know what to take. This global warming has me (and the weather) all screwed up. Take us here in Vegas for instance. I don't know how many of you have actually been here in May but usually it's a hot. I don't mean sort of, "oh, isn't it a bit warm?" hot but "Damn, where is the nearest casino/strip mall/indoors place with air conditioning?" hot. We usually have entered the late 90s by this time if we haven't already started on our 100 degree plus days and this lasts until about mid to late September (one year, it lasted until early October).

This year, the weather has been bi-polar. I don't know any other word for it. Perhaps Mother Earth is manic depressive? One minute (today), it is a high of almost 90 degrees. You're blasting your air-con in the car and generally sweltering. Now, it's windy and the temps have dropped into the 60s. Our high for tomorrow? 61 degrees. No, that's not a misprint. A whopping 61 degrees! If that isn't bi-polar, I don't know what is. And it has been like this all month. For a few days, we'll have temps into the 80s and maybe a day flirting with 91 or 92 and then bam!, it's back down to temps in the late 60s and early 70s. WTF?

Now, if I hadn't lived here for the past seven years and didn't know usual Vegas weather like the back of my hand, I would say perhaps it is an anomaly. But it has NEVER been like this as long as I have been here. It has always been no spring weather (not really)... just straight from cool temps to hot temps. And now, my body is all screwed up. I'm actually sweating on days in the 80s when they used to not even phase me. I complain about it being hot when it is a mere 90 degrees (and that is nothing for a city which spends most of June and July with 100+ temps and July is usually 110+).

Mmm, don't know what it is... end of the world, maybe? The temps in France are just as schizo so this isn't purely an American phenomenon. They have highs in the mid 70s and temps at night in the 40s and 50s. Huh? In the spring time? Yes, I know, Paris is a bit north and therefore going to be cooler. It isn't Barcelona or Madrid and I don't expect it to be but then again, it isn't Manchester either. So, what's going on?

Basically, the moral of this story is I will layer and not take many clothes for *hot* days. I will take some thin shirts in case I need to peel off a few layers but I think it is safe to say I can leave my shorts and capris at home.

The next time I communicate with you all, I will be on French time so don't be surprised if you receive blog updates at odd times as they are 9 hours ahead Pacific Standard Time (6 hours for EST et cetera for all y'all living in Mountain and Central). You'll figure it out. I wish you all a wonderful weekend and will be back again soon!

Au revoir... ;-)

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