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Old 07-21-2008, 10:34 AM
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I'm with you. First Texas summer and due in October. Lifting my wild toddler in and out of a hot car, with a big belly, by the end of the day I'm in the worst of moods. My spirits lift greatly though when we get a little rain, even when it stays hot, because it's a change. I love the T-storms we get here. I'm hoping for some this week. They actually put me in a good mood I'm very effected by weather, as you can tell. If I have one extreme for too long I get very depressed.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:03 AM
Location: Austin
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It is my third summer in Austin and the heat really does get to me. For me, summer used to mean comfortable outdoor recreation every day, with limitless possibilities. Here, it is too hot to do anything besides go swimming, and instead of lush, flowing brooks and rivers like in Vermont (where I moved from), there are dried-up creeks and draining lakes. I feel sorry for the kids that get an entire summer off from school and then have to make a choice between being confined in the a/c or out on the streets sweating it out.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:08 AM
Location: Austin, TX
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This is our first summer here as well. So far, we're doing OK. I'm surprising myself actually. I've always been a complainer about the heat. I made a deal with my wife that for the first year, I wouldn't b*tch about the heat...but she's been doing all of the complaining so far The key for me is to be able to escape it when it starts to feel oppressive. Water, shade, light cotton clothing, hats...these things are crucial here. I will say, I don't enjoy getting sweaty and grimy when going out to dinner and such. I had a job interview last week and had to dress nice. That was kind of uncomfortable...

But I love working out in the heat. I've been training for a 10K and my joints and muscles feel much looser when it's warm. It's definitely a mindset.

You have to be the sun
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:26 AM
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Part of the problem is that we had a horrific May and June. In what I might consider normal circumstances, it doesn't start to get that hot until the first week of July or so. By then, September and the first cool down is close enough so you can tolerate 8 weeks of the hottest temperatures. But this year, we've got 7-8 more to go and we've already had 7 or 8 weeks of it, so it's pretty tiresome. It's bad when you find yourself hoping you'll get some residual rain from hurricanes.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:51 AM
Location: Austin, TX
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I hate, HATE, the summer! I was born and raised in Texas and spent the first 20-years of my life in Orange (Southeast TX) which is a lot worse than Austin due to the humidity. I always got depressed in the summer and now it seems that every year is worse than the last one. 2007 was the only summer that I actually enjoyed.

Anyway, people can talk about SAD in the Pacific NW all they want, but I think that month after month of 100+ days and heat that sucks the soul straight out of you is SO much more depressing. I just have no tolerance for heat... I can't stand for the A/C to be any warmer than 75-degrees. My wife is the same way and is sick of being hot all the time as well. I love Austin but I don't know how much longer I can live here.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:52 AM
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I have lived hear all my life and this is a tuff summer, reminds me of the summers of 98 and 99 those were bad too. The all time hotest day in Austin was Sept of 1999. I can't remember what the airport recorded but I had 113 deg. that day !

I would rather have hot than cold, hot maybe be uncomfortable but cold hurts. October is my favorite weather month.
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:00 PM
Location: houston
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This is my first Texas summer and it's not nearly as bad as I thought it'd be. And this after living in Seattle for 3 years. I think it has a lot to do with your state of mine. I sort of mentally prepared myself for this heat and have adjusted pretty well. Also if you're overweight it'll probably take more of a toll on you as well. If you carry a heavy load you should hit the gym. The loss of those pounds will make dealing with the heat more bearable.
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:21 PM
Location: Austin 'burbs
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I am loving this heat! Bring it on... I could deal with this year round. Just got back from a long afternoon out with the kids and we are eating lunch and heading to the pool!
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:39 PM
Location: SoCal
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I love the heat too. I think it just depends on your body's makeup or something. Some people (like me) can't stand the cold. Some people can't stand the heat.

Another tip: Have an automatic starter installed on your car. That way you can start the car from inside your house a few minutes (letting the air conditioner run) before you get into it.

I haven't done this, personally, but it sounds like a good idea.
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Old 07-21-2008, 01:25 PM
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I really think SAD can happen with too much sun and heat, as well as too much rain and lack of sun. Its not the presence or lack of sun, its the extremes of temperatures for any length of time, at least in my opinion.

Not to sound like the Addams Family, but I find days on end of sun and heat to be depressing, too. My kids try to go outside and enjoy themselves, keep coming back in about 30 min drenched in sweat! Oh, well, complaining won't change it, just wondered if anyone else felt as I do, the sun and summer can get you down.

Longing for a nice, rainy day!
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