I’m done with summer

As I was biking up the hill from Factoria to Eastgate, the sign at the Honda dealer indicated 99°F. A quick review of temperatures in the area:



Because the house was running 86°F (no air conditioning), I spent the rest of the evening at Crossroads Mall in Bellevue. It’s an unusual place. For one, the food court is replete with ethnic restaurants instead of the typical franchise faire. If you have a group of people who can’t decide whether they want pirogis, pizza, lamb kebabs, or a burritos, come here. Everybody’s happy. There’s also a live performance stage. Tonight, Pearl Django, a jazz/swing band was playing to an appreciative audience.

The “front” entrance has relatively comfortable seating between a news stand, Starbucks and Half-Price books.
Further down the mall, away from the food, is a satellite branch of the King County Library System, with free wireless.

Best of all, it’s air conditioned!

7 thoughts on “I’m done with summer”

  1. The part that kills me is the smiling Sun. Maybe I’m alone here, but I don’t see anything even remotely delightful about 100+ degree weather (actually, somewhere around 90 I throw my hands up and sigh that ‘even Hades can’t be this unpleasant’). For reals. I’m tempted to start a fund to ship the person responsible for that icon to Arizona, where temps like that are inexplicably appreciated.

    I thought the Pacific Northwest was supposed to be cool and wet. After three straight 100-degree days, I feel cheated.

    Anybody want a ride to Canada? I have a car.

  2. That sounds like a lot of fun! Is it odd to have temps that high where you are?

    No tossed fish in that mall, huh? 🙂

  3. Lisa – the normal temperature range for this time of year is 57°F – 77°F. (This was one of the reasons I left Austin.) No fish tossing occurred.

    Jarrett — I know what you mean about the icon. It should have menacing eyebrows, a scowl, and maniacal laughter, like “Ming” from Flash Gordon, only much brighter. Apparently it’s supposed to ease off Tuesday.

  4. Oh, also I know it could be worse. My friend in Monrovia, CA, has had 100+ going on for a week. The “break” Tuesday knocks it down to 95.

  5. Doug in Exile

    I’m trying to feel ever so sorry for you all, but down here behind the Zion Curtain, it’s been over 90 every day since June 15, save two.

    This may not be the gaping maw of Hell, but it’s certainly clearly visible from here…….

  6. I think I may be standing right next to Doug…or possibly just to the left as he forgot to mention the absolutely energy sapping humidity.

    But you know what? That’s normal for this time of year where I am. What I don’t get is why people complain about what is normal and fail to adjust (ie: why are “professionals” still wearing long sleeved shirts to work on days when it’s 85degF at 8:30am?).

    Yeah, you guys are having a horrible summer up there. But hey, the government says global warming isn’t a problem so it’ll be OK soon, right? 😉

  7. Doug in Exile

    In an interesting spreadsheet exercise, I have discovered that here, 888.88 statute miles southeast of Paradise, June averaged 4.9 degrees per day hotter than normal. So far, July is 5.7 degrees per day hotter than normal. Humidity here is not a problem. A really humid day is 20%. “It’s a dry heat”. So’s your convective oven….

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