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Monday, June 09, 2008

Hot in the city tonight

I think I might have mentioned that it's a tad bit warm around these here parts. Nothing too drastic. 98 degrees this afternoon. In early JUNE. Damn, global warming isn't kidding. It's freaking h h h (hazy, hot, and humid).

But hot doesn't stop me from doing what needs to be done. Like hitting up Dunks for iced coffee. So refreshing and brrrrr, cold! Or taking back some stuff to Marshalls, where the air conditioning was barely adequate.

Shopping While Hot is a ritual that began when I was a kid growing up in Los Angeles. Where hot is hella hot. Like every other home in SoCal, we had central air, but every once in a while there would be a power glitch and the house would go dark. Being a typical house from the early 60's in LA, there was no such thing as storm windows or insulation. The house would get hot really really fast.

My mother, in her menopausal peak, would load us up into the car and take us to the biggest discount store she could find. We would wander the aisles, looking at the crappy merchandise, and keeping cool. Our haunt of choice was a store called Zody's, now long gone. It was huge, like Wal-Mart huge, in the days when most stores just weren't that gigantic. It had everything, automotive stuff and tools and all the things that your local K-Mart probably carries now. We could spend hours in that store, and walk out without spending a dime. But we were cool.

Another site for cooling off was the Topanga mall. It was an early mall in the valley, big, with enough stores to keep us busy for quite a long time. But the mall sold better stuff, which we would beg and plead for. My mother was a bigger fan of Zody's for that reason. Can't blame her.

We wandered around Marshalls after returning our things, but it wasn't really cool enough for some decent Shopping While Hot therapy. The Girl begged to head over to Old Navy to replenish her vast collection of flip flops, so back into the car we went. The car is the most comfortable place when it's burning hot. It's so small that it cools off and then some. But with the price of gas topping $4.00, I'm not driving around recklessly just to cool off.

We got to Old Navy just after it closed. The Girl and her friend Syd stared into the store like it was nirvana. They were so sad that it was closed. It was kinda funny. I walked back to the car and they were still staring in, hoping that the employees closing up would take pity on them and let them purchase their flip flops. Fat chance.

Back into the car. Sunday evening is a tough time for Shopping While Hot. Everything but the restaurants were closed up tight at 6 pm. I took them to McDonalds for McFlurries. The Girl told her friend about how disgusting the ice from the icemakers is. They were grossing out left and right whilst waiting for their drinks.

It was a pleasant end to our little trip. Back home we gathered around the air conditioner like you would gather around the fireplace. The poor thing is pumping on high and well... it's hot inside, too.

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Blogger Vanessa said...

We did a little Shopping while Hot yesterday. It was an expensive trip though. :( Tanks for leaving a comment with your POV on my blog!

9/6/08 8:29 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

I used to take my "baby" Shopping While Hot at the mall down the road. Back then we didn't have A/C. I would aplurge by spending $1 to get an Orange Julius that we could share. She's 21 now and still loves orange Julius; I blame the heat wave when she was a tot.

9/6/08 8:52 AM  
Blogger adena said...

congrats on your entry on the op ed page of the globe today! wow!

10/6/08 2:03 PM  

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