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Friday, July 16, 2010

Dog Days

Well here we are again in the midst of my least favorite time of the year in Abu Dhabi, I am sure I am not alone. How I wish I could ignore Middle East summers from afar in more northern and temperate latitudes like so many are fortunate to do. I could live without the blazing heat and stifling humidity that force me to stay indoors and struggle with boredom and increased levels of adult beverage consumption.



Not only is physical activity curtailed during the summer, I am convinced the mind is adversely affected as Cabin Fever sets in. This syndrome is more commonly known in Arctic climes where folks are confined to their living spaces for long periods of time by the harsh weather outside. Bad things have been known to happen to the housemates of sufferers of this malady. I am sure the same thing happens here but on opposite ends of the calendar. Everyone I know is grumpy and itchy.



I don’t like keeping a pair of potholder mittens in my car so I can touch the steering wheel or how the back of my shirt is wet when I get out of the car. I don’t like the way my head swims when I walk for more than 100 meters in the intense heat and humidity. I don’t like the way the summer sky is the same color as the desert due to the frequent sandstorms. The sky should be blue.


I realize I can’t change the climate, but I try to endure the best I can. What redeems the summer weather in Abu Dhabi is autumn, winter and spring. During those seasons, it’s about as perfect as one can hope for. Cool nights and mild days predominate, just right for outdoor activities and the sky is blue too!

8 comments:

佩璇佩璇 said...

人要學習健忘,把所有不如意忘掉,才會快樂。..................................................

Chuck said...

Faith must be a big girl.

Abu Dhabi summers sound similar to Phoenix ones...and Phoenix is not as dry as many people say it is, it gets plenty humid with all the irrigation going on in that valley. Of course, I'm sure SGU had some pretty warm temps also during summer months, but it really is dry there and the sky stays blue.

Mohammad said...

Unfortunately spring and autumn here are almost non existent.

Mid day temperatures stay 90+ well into mid-October.
Whatever autumn we have is from late October to early-December.

Spring is a bit more in duration, something like from mid February to mid April can be considered spring

Abu Dhabi/UAE Daily Photo said...

I feel your pain and am enduring the summer season for another 10 days. Hang in there... :)

溫緯李娟王季 said...

Subtlety is better than force. ............................................................

楊儀卉 said...

獨居時,要反省自己的過錯;在社會大眾之間,則要忘卻別人的過失。..................................................

蕙春蕙春 said...

德不孤,必有鄰。文不獨,必有應!..................................................................

陳曉薇陳曉薇 said...

人應該做自己認為對的事,而不是一味跟著群眾的建議走。..................................................