8/5/19, “Some Like It Hot”
I hope you had a great, fun, and relaxing week. I hope you’re sitting on a beach somewhere, relaxing, or under a tree in the country, having some down time!!!
I’ve been whining a lot about the weather lately!!. I grumble all winter about the cold, wet, and sometimes even snowy blizzard-y weather, and am thrilled when the warm weather rolls around. Only this year, I’ve been in 2, possibly 3 just brutal heat waves. Two in France, and one in NY when I was flying through for a couple of days. Like childbirth, one forgets how miserable a heat wave can be. One kind of expects it in NY but it’s much more unusual in France. And this year in France, we had history making temperatures. One night at 4 am, it was 104 degrees, another day it reached 111, and there is almost no air conditioning in France, except in big hotels and supermarkets. It almost never would occur to me to check into a hotel, and I didn’t think of it this time—-but I will next time. Very few homes in France have air conditioning, you just don’t need it except in the South. And most buildings are very old (including mine), many buildings and homes in France are 200 or 300 years old, and it’s apparently very difficult to install. And landlords won’t let you put it in if you rent. Instead, many people have archaic machines (that look like a small refrigerator, it has a tube about 8 inches across, you hang the tube out the window, and supposedly it will eventually cool down the room. It actually works surprisingly well, but it’s not like the state of the art built in air conditioning systems in the US. We put one of those in each room, and two good fans.
I have to tell you, the day that it was 111 degrees, I was melting. And I was worried about my dogs. I kept wetting them down all day and night.
There was one massive heat wave in June, and another in July, it was hot as blazes in the South of France, and when I flew to NY to visit my daughters there, it was close to 100 degrees. It was 95 degrees and then alarmingly close to 100 for the duration of my brief stay. When I landed in NY it Was 98 degrees, still in the realm of the bearable, though not by much.!!!
I actually wrote a book while I was boiling and suffered, but both books I worked on turned out well.
I’ve decided that I like the cold winter weather better after all. It’s a lot easier to dress warmly and add lots of sweaters under a warm coat, than to try and cool off in record breaking heat (the temperature during the second heat wave broke all records in France. I would have loved to sleep at my local supermarket!!!)
And by blissful contrast, when I flew in and out of San Francisco, to see my kids, it was the usual freezing San Francisco summer weather, in the 60’s in the daytime, gray and foggy and about 50 degrees at night…..heavenly!!!
I hope the temperatures won’t be too extreme wherever you are this summer!!!! keep cool!!!
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In Arizona there is AC everywhere, but the problem arises when we have to park our cars. First we scan the lot for a tree covered space. The unbearable part comes,when we return, after completing our errand.The temp gauge will read 122 to 129, and driving home can be tricky. Touching the metal parts– steering wheel, gear shift, etc is painfully hot.In spite of this obstacle I love living in the desert!!!
Once when our AC was down, we retreated to a hotel. The supermarket is a great idea, though. You are so creative!!!
Thank you for “boiling and suffering” through the heat, as you worked on two fabulous new books.
I have read so many of your books in the last 2 months and really enjoyed all of them. I read about 2 a week now. Have you written any books where the setting is not in New York? And where nobody travels to Paris & Italy frequently? And where the characters are not extremely wealthy? I find these 3 things a common denominator in all of your books that I have read so far. Just curious. And please, keep on reading. You are very talented.