Wow. Time flies when you’re doing nothing. No new blogs in like two months. That’s pretty pathetic for a bloke who calls his blog IBLOGALOT, isn’t it? Especially worse now that I’m back on Twitter, under that name. I have no explanation for it. It’s just between work, which has gotten increasingly busy, and my continued sleep problems, I just haven’t had any time or energy to write anything longer than a status update on Facebook. I’ve actually planned multiple posts during the past two months, on topics ranging from reviewing The Avengers movie when I saw it in the theater (now I guess I’ll just review it when the DVD comes out later this month, to make it more topical) to talking about the Chick-Fil-A boycott, but never could seem to bring myself to sit down and write them. Well, starting today, I’m planning to change that. I will start blogging again. A lot. I promise.
So, the weather. Man, it’s been a hot summer. Apparently, nationwide, July 2012 was the hottest month ever. No word on how bad August was, yet, but it felt pretty hot too. Actually, when I check the stats, I know I really shouldn’t complain, since other folks across the US have had it much worse than I, not only with much hotter temperatures but also hurricanes and storms. I recall one day last month I had one of my friends from Washington text me about how she hated the heat, and I texted back saying I know how she feels since it was 85 degrees that day, and she texted back that it was 96 degrees for her. Yikes! And then some folks where in the 100’s in other states. For the record, I’m in Southern California, where you’d think we’d be used to hot weather. There were some weeks where we were in the high 80’s to early 90’s, but I’d say early 80’s has been the norm. But I work in a Warehouse, as a shipper for a distribution company, so it always feels much hotter on the inside than it is on the outside. Then you factor in that I’m on my feet most of the day and, as I said, we’ve been really busy, so I’m already tired and achey, during the day, and the heat doesn’t help. Some days I sweat so much that I can’t even wear my glasses, because they keep sliding off of my face. Then they have nice cool air conditioning up in the front office, so I have to try to avoid going up there during the day because the quick contrast of heat and cold could make me sick.
And let’s not forget to mention the earthquakes. Another So Cal staple. I’ve experience to in the past months, there was one around 7pm in July, I was sitting @ my desk @ home when it hit, and another one that hit around 11:30pm in August, after I had just gotten into bed. Both of them relatively small on the Richter scale, but I felt them. I hear that there have been several other small ones since then, but I didn’t feel them. Naturally, the first thing I do when after the shaking stops is get online to post about it on Facebook. It’s always interesting to see the reactions from my friends in other states, and other countries, where they never have earthquakes, they always want to know what it’s like, and if I get scared. Well, as someone who grew up in SoCal, let me explain what earthquakes are like. I’ve never been in a BIG one (knock on wood). I’ve had some where things in the house get knocked over, and it can be nerve-wracking. Basically, when the first jolt hits there’s an instant where you quickly think “Oh s**t” and your heart skips a beat as you freeze and wait to see if it’s going to be a major quake. Then it’s over, usually within 30 seconds or so, and you exhale, and that’s it. It’s not so bad unless, as I said, it’s a big one, or just one big enough to cause any kind of damage. But it’s one of those things that, growing up and living in So Cal, you just sort of get used to.
By comparison, I think other parts of the country have it much worse, in regards to weather. I don’t know how some folks deal with living in states that have hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. And stuff like that seem to happen on a regular basis. I mean, when I hear the phrase “hurricane season” I’m like, you have a whole season where hurricanes happen?!? That sounds crazy to me. I see various friends on Facebook talking about stocking up for a hurricane or big store, locking up the house, getting ready for the power to go out, etc., and I’m just glad I don’t have to deal with that. And then there’s all the places where it snows during the winter. Even if it’s not a big snow storm, just snow in general looks like it sucks to me. I would never want to have to deal with that. Driving in the snow, needing to get snow tires, shoveling snow to clear a way, eff that.
Well, today it’s supposed to reach 82 degrees. But I’m I’ll be indoors (with the fan on) anyway. Let’s see how many more blog posts I can come up with today, to get this thing re-started.