When I showed up for work yesterday at 4pm, the temperature was at 104 degrees on the set. On top of that, management decided to make us walk to the theater rather than our usual trip in the van. The van doesn’t have air conditioning but is still a welcome ride in comparison to walking to a theater in such high heat. We have no control over this new change in policy either.
When you’re outside sweeping a set with a broom in 104 degree weather, it makes you think of better times. It makes you want a better job. It’s hot, it’s hot, and it’s hot!
At home, I’m usually sitting around on my computer or watching TV. The heat usually starts to attack during the noon hour and lasts for the rest of the day. Last night, I arrived home at around 11:30pm because I was stuck in traffic for almost 2 hours. Yeah, seriously! It was 11pm and traffic was backed up for 5 miles on Interstate 5 north of the 5/14 intersection. When I got into my room, the temperature in my room alone was probably in the upper 80s or lower 90s. I open my door, turn my fan on and try to hope that by the time I need to put my head to rest the room temperature has dropped by about 20 or more degrees. Sometimes it’s almost impossible to reach those temperatures because it’s still in the upper 70s outside at 11pm.
Because I was home for half of Sunday, we decided to run the air conditioner for the first time in I don’t know how long. Even then, it was almost unbearable. The scary thing about this heat is that we’re only 13 days into July, and it’s going to be this way until at least the end of August…