Dealing with the Heat

DashboardTo the left you’ll find a picture of our speedometer in our Ford Expedition. The thermometer (numbers on the bottom) read 102. That reading was taken in late August as we crossed the border between Texas and Mexico. Imagine my surprise when this Thursday I looked down to see a reading of 105! Yes, as you have read in my previous post, A Culture of Waiting, we’ve been dealing with the heat quite regularly, so regularly in fact that although the post season is on in baseball, it’s been nearly impossible to “feel the fall in the air.”

Still we’re finding that the people of Merida have a bead on beating the heat. Many stores and businesses close from 2-4 when Mexicans normally have their mid-day meal. Not necessarily an official “siesta” time, it is still a time to get in to a cooler place at the height of the afternoon temperatures. It’s no wonder most of the houses are constructed of block here instead of wood. While also providing more strength against the hurricanes that have been known to sweep the peninsula, they also keep much cooler than their pine constructed counterparts.

Don’t try to find anyone at a park during this time. While there are many in the city, they stay dormant through the day, only to come alive in the evening around 6:00 PM when things start to cool down. Restaurants see business pick up around 8:00 and most cultural events don’t start until 9:00, quite a challenge for this family that was accustomed to turning in at about 10:30. Still, we’re adjusting little by little. Besides two showers daily never hurt anybody.

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  1. honhol’s avatar

    How are you doing with the heat there? In Spain they have specialized stores on every corner and a lot of people shop daily rather than weekly. Is it like that there?
    I met Bill and Lena…going to Costa Rica and then Peru! Now I have another blog to read!

  2. Dave’s avatar

    There are many of those specialized shops here as well from the carniceria, where you can buy your meats to the tortilleria where corn tortillas are sold by the docenas, but there are also lots of large supermarkets as well like Mega, SuperMaz, and Chedraui.

    Great to hear that you have met the Shraders. We got a chance to meet them in candidate school and hang out for a bit at the General Council in ’05. They may even be able to get rent the same house that we were in while studying in Costa Rica.

  3. Michelle’s avatar

    Oh, NOT FUN! Swim, go to air conditioned places, siesta with a wet sheet covering your otherwise scantily clad persons with a fan blowing directly on you.
    Just stay cool.

  4. Dan V’s avatar

    Sounds like you’re melting out there — kind of like the Yankees this year…well, with that kind of heat, you’ll have an advantage on us all here when it comes to the Beat the Heat run next July (which is worth the trip to the U.S. for — HA!) Had my last long run (22 miles) and it went VERY good, so I’m encouraged as I enter my taper weeks. Well, start taking naps in the afternoon so you can “hang” with the locals in the evenings! Later, buddy!

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