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And the moral of this story...

...is that jalenstrix does not function well in extreme heat.

In short, Florida heat 1, jalenstrix 0.



Perhaps a slightly longer summary would be this:

jalenstrix: La la la ....what a lovely day for my brother's graduation!

Florida heat: (thundering) Cower before me! :: smite ::

jalenstrix: Aaaaaaiiiieeeeee! :: is smitten :: jalenstrix fairies, where are you?

jalenstrix fairies: Sorry, darling. Can't help you until you actually get enough sense to get out of the heat.

jalenstrix: Well, damn.





And an even more detailed summary, for those not faint of stomach:

My brother's graduation was a trying sort of event. Not just because my family was in a very touchy mood (no one slept very much last for various reasons), but also because of the truly hideous heat.

For you see, the event was held outside. In May. In Florida. In very heavy humidity. With the attending family & friends of the graduates packed into little tiny rows too small for even airplane makers to consider sensible.

We arrived, after some small tribulations, and sat down in the midst of the throng.

I began to feel faint.

So I got up and walked around for a bit.

I tried again to sit down amidst the throng.

I began to feel dizzy.

Figuring this wasn't so good, my mother walked with me around to the shade in the back where there was some breeze.

I tried to continue standing. I failed. So I began to lean.

I then began to fail at leaning, so I kneeled. When that failed, I sat down with my head between my knees on the grubby ground.

Kind-hearted Floridians brought me water.

I continued to wilt.

My mother, quite concerned at this point, fetched me a chair. I wilted on the chair.

Kind-hearted Floridians led us inside where the air was stagnant but slightly cooler. I wilted on a very nice leather chair for awhile until my stomach revolted. Much ickiness ensued. And continued to ensue.

At last, the ceremony was complete and I wavered over to the steps to wait for the car to take me away. My brother, not knowing my icky state, brought a plate reception food over and began to eat next to me.

More ickiness nearly ensued right then, but thankfully didn't.

Instead, it waited until we were in the car about 5 minutes. My father pulled abruptly off into a parking lot of a nice little diner, and ickiness ensued in their side garden because I couldn't find the door in fast enough. (Poor diner...) Thankfully, they apparently didn't notice and happily gave my mother a cup of water for me when she went in to ask.

Then, the plan had been to go out to dinner to celebrate my brother's graduation. Thankfully, I was feeling composed enough to actually stomach (bad pun, check) the idea of being around food. So around it I was, as I sipped my little cup of tea. Conveniently, anti-nausea medicine was located beforehand. (Thank you, pepto-bismol.)

And so here I am, inside, slightly less wilted - having survived the raging beast that is the heat of Florida. (Barely.)



Stupid Florida heat.

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nameless_abyss
May. 8th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)
Hee, my delicate flower of a friend. Glad that you're feeling better. Don't get wilty on the plane tomorrow, your kittens need you to give them love.
jalenstrix
May. 8th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
[grin] The plane, thankfully, was not wilt-inducing. And now I am back with the kittens purring on the couch beside me. Hee! Thank you again for giving my little kittens love while I was away.
larksdream
May. 8th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
Oh no! Poor wilty you. That sounds like a whole lot of not fun.
jalenstrix
May. 8th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a whole lot of not fun.

Precisely. But luckily it makes for a semi-humorous write-up, and thus serves some good. [grin]

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jalenstrix
May. 8th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
It was, until you moved the house-warming to the date of a wedding I already RSVPed to, sadly. :(
halophoenix
May. 8th, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
Ack! Too much wilting in that story for my tastes. O_o;;

I'm glad to hear that by this point you'll be quite less wilted, but do take care, won't you? ^_^;
jalenstrix
May. 8th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
Too much wilting in that story for my tastes. O_o;;

Way too much wilting for my tastes, too. ;) But I'm so keeping an eye on this whole pseudo-heat-stroke thing. So much the not-fun.
bkleber
May. 8th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
yeeeech. Much with the wilting and the ickiness. ::love:: and ::sympathy::. at least you finished with all of that unpleasantness, and can move on to bigger and better things.
jalenstrix
May. 8th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
[grin] Thanks.

at least you finished with all of that unpleasantness, and can move on to bigger and better things.

Or at least cooler places that involve fuzzy little cats curling up next to me on the sofa. [grin] Vast improvements, check.
chronographia
May. 8th, 2006 05:41 am (UTC)
Blech. I maintain that there are places on this earth where humans are not meant to live, and Florida is among them.

Since I too suffer from heat sickness easily†, may I recommend a cold, damp cloth placed over wrists and the back of your neck in future? Pulse points such as those help regulate the body's temperature, and can be tricked.

† Give me frostbite any day - at least I know how to prevent and treat that.
jalenstrix
May. 8th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
I maintain that there are places on this earth where humans are not meant to live, and Florida is among them.

I have to say I completely concur on this point at the moment. (Though to be fair to the climate, I walked out earlier in the day without doom, so it may have been more a product of the enclosed space with so many people in the same heat. But hey, who wants to be fair? ;) )

may I recommend a cold, damp cloth placed over wrists and the back of your neck in future? Pulse points such as those help regulate the body's temperature, and can be tricked.

I actually tried that a bit, and it did seem to help (though not quite enough, unfortunately). But good to know that it's generally a good idea for tricking the body into calming down.
generouscruelty
May. 8th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC)
Oh goodness. Were I there, I would have carried you inside.
jalenstrix
May. 8th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
Darling, were you there, I would have loved you to. I was completely a collapsible-jalenstrix-package. [grin]
thewronghands
May. 8th, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
Eek, so sorry to hear it. I hope you continue to recover.
jalenstrix
May. 8th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) Thankfully, a few hours in the cool and more pepto-bismol seemed to have been sufficient. But, oh, minus a billion constitution points for me!
amalthya
May. 8th, 2006 09:21 am (UTC)
Why do people in hot-weather climates always buy leather furniture?
jalenstrix
May. 8th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
So they can snerk politely while out-of-towners faint into them and stick? [wry grin]
fallen_tigress
May. 8th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
The heat is just one more thing I don't miss about Florida... I'm sorry you had to go through that. *hugs* Hopefully, you will be feeling better when you get back to beautiful Maryland.
jalenstrix
May. 8th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
[hug] Thanks, honey. And indeed, I'm feeling tons better now that I'm back in our own cooler clime. ;)
corivax
May. 8th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
Eeep! Glad you are somewhat better now.
jalenstrix
May. 8th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
:) Thanks. Sympathetic eeps much appreciated.
ameer_tavakoli
May. 8th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
::winces::
Ouch.

Perhaps my memories of the DC area are way out of touch, but I always thought DC was hot and humid as well, if not moreso than many parts of Florida?

Regardless, glad to hear-er ... read that you survived your encounter with the state that most people move to, rather than come from. And while I know there is a way to end the previous sentence without a preposition, I can't bring myself to correct it. Mea culpa.
jalenstrix
May. 8th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
Re: ::winces::
but I always thought DC was hot and humid as well, if not moreso than many parts of Florida?


[rueful grin] Usually true, which is why I was feeling like such a wilting little flower. I mean, minus serious constitution points for me, no?

And while I know there is a way to end the previous sentence without a preposition, I can't bring myself to correct it. Mea culpa.

[grin]
Really, truly fine. I should find you my rant on people who insist that ending a sentence with a preposition is grammatically incorrect. It's just Latin-envy, really.
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