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It's hot.

No, it's really, really, really hot. The Californian Bay Area is a sweltering death zone right now. Even at night, the temperature never drops below seventy-eight around here, and humidity makes the apparent temperature so much worse. Wearing short sleeves, shorts and drinking as much iced beverages as possible is helpful- to an extent. But without air conditioning, it's a losing battle.

Luckily, I have air conditioning.

So I stay indoors all day. With the rare excursion to the mall, if I feel brave enough to withstand the summer's sun and wait for the bus. But for the most part... home-bound. Productivity depends solely on two things: how often I play DDR, and how often I write. My attempts at political analysis? Now extending beyond twenty-five thousand words. My exercise regime? Ten pounds lost over the course of two months. You would think this would be something worth celebrating...

...But it doesn't help! I'm trapped! The doldrums are getting to me! Not enough games or stories or books or porn in the world to fight off this looming wave of cabin fever- this feverish boredom, set upon me by a horrid, vile mixture of summer apathy and sheer summer heat. Even without DDR, even with all the shades closed and the AC roaring away despite repeated blackout warnings from all the local news channels, I can feel the terrible pressures of the sun's rays bearing down upon the house. Sweat breaks out, despite the blast of cooled air from the ceiling fan, trickling down and staining my white tee-shirt. A suffocating tightness bears upon me.

It's a seriously bad case of cabin fever.

Ah, but that isn't the end of it. It's no garden variety of restlessness. Not with the thick, black tick marks on the calendar. They're not marking down the days of the heat wave- it's a countdown. A countdown with over a month and a half's worth of time left in it, extending all the way across the remainder of July, clear over August, and smack dab in the middle of September.

I'm counting down the days until school starts.

...weird, isn't it? Especially for me. Rare is the teen who eagerly anticipates the start of a new year- the countdown is usually done relunctantly, if at all, and almost unanimously in growing dread. No good can come of a renewed school year- it beckons not pleasantries, but the end of lethargy, end of apathy, end of laziness. It is a harbinger for great struggles and greater troubles... especially when the first report cards come in through the mail. No good can come of it!

No good, unless you were waiting for it for most of your life.

There is exactly sixty-three days until I start my college career.

And time is crawling to a halt.

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so i guess you're not in one of the south bay areas that has been without power for 3 FUCKING DAYS. i'd have to pack up my stuff and stay with a friend who had AC if i was down there (someone told me a part of NY has been without power for a week also, but we're talking CA here)

and be glad you haven't had to put up with those goddamn blackouts. nothing quite like trying to get some drawring done when the power cuts out around dusk, cutting the light just enough so you can't see when a drop of sweat from your face has hit the paper and smeared around with pencil dust and eraser shavings

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I'm pretty excited for college, too.

The difference is I'm having a lot of fun this summer.

Call up some friends or something, man. Be social. Go out to the movies.

Can't. ;_; They're all out of town for their orientations, and I can't afford movies right now.

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It's hot.

No, it's really, really, really hot. The Californian Bay Area is a sweltering death zone right now. Even at night, the temperature never drops below seventy-eight around here, and humidity makes the apparent temperature so much worse. Wearing short sleeves, shorts and drinking as much iced beverages as possible is helpful- to an extent. But without air conditioning, it's a losing battle.

I wouldn't complain about the heat. Here in Minnesota, I'd would do ANYTHING for it to be 78 year round.

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Rolling black/brownouts. The AC's been spluttering the last few days, allowing five-minute periods of increased temperatures. They're trying to keep the power working around here, though- we're sharing a power grid with a garbage processing plant, I believe. Plus downtown.

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I guess I can't complain since the highest we've been getting is 30 celsius. It's still odd considering this year, we've had an extended winter.

Not that I'm excited for September to roll around, but it'd be nice to see some friends who've been out of town.

If you can stand waiting for the bus, why don't you check if anything is happening around your city like street festivals, free concerts or such?

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I'm pretty much counting down the days until I go back to college myself... This summer has been pretty damn boring, so much so that I don't plan on coming back home next summer. I'd rather stay at college and take a couple classes than go back home. Luckily I have friends I can hang out with a few times a week, that helps.

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I wouldn't complain about the heat. Here in Minnesota, I'd would do ANYTHING for it to be 78 year round.

Trust me, on my recent trip to CA (and by recent I mean last year), the heat was ridiculous. Granted, I'm Minnesotan, so the heat is amplified many times over to me, but San Jose just about destroyed me. Being exposed to direct sunlight was a risk taken only if no other option presented itself.

Course I know what you mean roundabout winter, because Minnesota has winters that living things cannot survive in, but we're crazy that way.

On the plus side, cold weather has proven to stimulate the stock market, and thus the economy. This is because cold weather makes people take risks, and warm weather makes people lazy.

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It's been getting up to around 98 around here. Which is bizarre considering I'm 800 miles north of San Francisco, and all the wind and water currents come in from Alaska.

Also, I don't have air conditioning, nor do most people in this city.

However, I haven't been experiencing blackouts. That's got to fucking suck. I have family in the Bay Area, they've been complaining like nobody's business.

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I'm probably going to head down to southern California later in the summer to visit family, and I can only hope that by some miracle it is better by then. I do NOT do well in high heat. The times I have been to Texas (always in the summer) I simply refused to leave the air conditioned rooms unless it was ABSOLUTELY necessary or my parents forced me to. As CF said it's been in the 90s the last few days around here, which sucks for me because I live in my attic where all the heat from the house goes.

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Alas, I hate to sound like I'm just whining, but there isn't anything happening soon.

Well, except the second annual Grand Prix, but that isn't for another week or two.

Also trying to find a job. Haven't been too successful at that. -_-;

You don't sound whiny. I know what you mean when nothing's happening around town and time passes so slow.

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I guess I can't complain since the highest we've been getting is 30 celsius. It's still odd considering this year, we've had an extended winter.

Not that I'm excited for September to roll around, but it'd be nice to see some friends who've been out of town.

If you can stand waiting for the bus, why don't you check if anything is happening around your city like street festivals, free concerts or such?

Huh? Wed last week was up at soemthing like 38 (A little over 100 degrees for most of you) celsius when I left work. It was a horrible commute home made worse by all the tourists on the train.

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So...

I have a job now.

Eight bucks an hour to loaf around an air-conditioned warehouse, slowly putting together kits for the production of robots. No, not the cool sort- the sort they use to move silicon wafers around and etch things onto 'em.

It's easy as hell, bores me out of my wits, and I'm glad to have it. >_> You can stand a lot if they offer you enough~

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