16. May 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Ramble

It’s hot here. Right now weather.com tells me it’s 80 degrees in San Jose, and it’s only 8:35 in the morning. It’s bound to get a lot hotter. “They” say 97. My car yesterday said 102. And we don’t have air conditioning.

I’m fine with not having air conditioning, to be honest; it seems rather wasteful, and is hardly ever necessary here. But it’s gonna be a hot one!

Teaching when it’s this warm is difficult. I have a small fan that’s aimed at the students, but anything larger does weird things to our sound. (Try it! Play oboe in front of a fan and listen to the wacky sound!) My poor students. Some of the younger ones get especially hot, it seems. I’m not sure if it’s that they’re just warmer to begin with, or if it’s that their bodies’ cooling systems aren’t working well. But I always feel sorry for them as the play and drip away.

To add insult to this day, the roofers have returned. Our neighbor is putting on a new roof, and they were here last Friday. Then they were here a few days later, and after that nothing. They decided, I guess, to wait until the hottest day yet to come and finish up. At 7:30 AM. With a loud machine. By my bedroom.

Ah well. Think of all the whining I’ll get to do today. My life is complete! ;-)

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  1. Now that the sun has hit the thermometer in my backyard it’s reading 108 – I don’t think it’s really 108 outside, but the direct sunlight on the copper back of the thermometer is causing it to read a bit high – it’s probably only 99 out there. I had the thermostat in the house set to 76, which it hit around 1:00pm (not too bad, since it was 73 in the house when I got up around 6:00am). Yesterday, as I was doing my weekly* practicing, I noticed that my reeds seemed to dry out a little faster (although that might’ve been my imagination).

    * Just kidding! Sheesh, you think I’d drive a minivan all the way down to Willow Glen in traffic with $4/gallon gas after only one practice session? I put in a good 12 minutes on Monday, too. :)