“The Harvard Law states: Under controlled conditions of light, temperature, humidity, and nutrition, the organism will do as it damn well pleases.”

Last night I went to bed early, around 10:30, but couldn’t fall asleep so I decided to check out Netflix as my iPad is beside my bed. That was a huge mistake. I started watching Stranger Things and was hooked. It was close to 4 o’clock before I put down my iPad and went to sleep. Episodes remain, and I’m thinking I’ll watch them this afternoon. I won’t do that late night binging again. Okay, I admit I probably will.

As of late yesterday afternoon, the house was closed again, and the air conditioner became a necessity. All of a sudden it was very humid, and the breeze did nothing to cool the day. Poor Gracie was panting, a sure sign the house was too warm. Today is also hot and somewhat humid. Boston is officially in the middle of a heat wave. We are not though heat wave or no heat wave it is still a really hot day.

I don’t remember when the weather started to bother me enough I complained. When I was a kid, the weather never mattered. Summer was for being outside as long as I could be. I always dreaded my mother yelling out the back door for us to come inside the house. Snow was always fun. It was for sledding, making snowmen and building forts. Sometimes snow even gave us a free day from school. Where I lived in Ghana was the hottest part of the country. It was savannah grassland with few trees. I could look across the fields to the horizon. Nothing stood in the way. I was hot in the 100 plus degree heat, but I found ways to be cool. At night I’d take my cold shower and not dry off. The air cooled and dried me and I easily fell asleep. After every snow storm, I used to shovel my walk and driveway. Now I pay someone and wait patiently inside until he comes. My house has central air conditioning. I used to have a fan I carted from den to bedroom at night, and I was cooled enough to sleep. Maybe this intolerance is because I am getting older or maybe it is because I no longer want to abide too hot or too cold. I aim for comfortable.

Tomorrow is our first deck movie night. I have several from which my friends can choose including Charade, The original Thomas Crown Affair, Cabaret,  the Equalizer, Three Days of the Condor and Beginning of the End, our awful science fiction B movie for the summer, a movie where giant grasshoppers wreak devastation wherever they go. I’m serving grilled sausages and sauteed peppers and onions and fresh bread for sandwiches. I’m making a couple of appetizers and a new drink, a blue drink. I have my shopping list ready.

Gracie is sleeping and is snoring. I envy her the nap, not the snoring.

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11 Comments on ““The Harvard Law states: Under controlled conditions of light, temperature, humidity, and nutrition, the organism will do as it damn well pleases.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    There is No e in Crowne

    What a choice – Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway and the music of Michel Legrand….or……Pierce Bronson whacking Rene Russo on a staircase.

    Guess if it is your outdoor deck my neighbors can see party you had better stick with the original

    Of course both have friggin Noel Harrison singing Windmills of your Mind – one incredibly awful song even though Legrand wrote it

    Get the popcorn in and loose the e !!!!

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,

      Well, there should be an E raising it above the ordinary.

      The original was the last film I saw in Ghana before I left. Because it took place in and around Boston, it was special as I would soon be there, home.

      I don’t have a copy of the remake. A few years ago I bought several films which take place in Massachusetts and never thought about the newer version.

      That is such a great song too!

      That would be lose the e, not loose! The e is gone and the popcorn machine is ready!

      • Hedley Says:

        Well, if you choose to watch the remake, you might want to close the drapes and limit the audience to your very closest friends

        I would rather listen to three hours of Lennie warbling on about chicks down by a river than three minutes of friggin Noel Harrison going on about Windmills and all that other guff.

      • katry Says:

        I guess it only has sentimental value to me.

  2. I did fall asleep almost as soon as I went to bed but I can’t say I slept well or for specailly long. Good thing since I woke up to thick fog that evaporated as soon as the sun started to heat it up.

    I’ve been wondering if I should get Netflix but I feel I just would sit even more in front of the computer (well tv because I would of course connect it to the tv 🙂 ). Still, they do have lots of things I wouldlike to see.

    Hot here today and this weather will stay for at least four more days they say. We’ll have nice weather after that too but it will cool down considerable.

    I think I started to bother about the weather when my body started to give up. Suddenly it was annoying when we got lots of snow and it was hard to walk anywhere or to shovel snow of course. After that anything that wasn’t ordinary annoyed me 🙂

    It is hard to find any good old B-movies here. We are just too few who understand their value I’m afraid 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      It was a long time between when I went to bed and when I fell asleep. I was up too early as I usually sleep 8 hours. Five just isn’t enough.

      You would really like Stranger Things. I know because you and I seem to enjoy the same TV shows and movies. When nothing is worth watching on on TV, Netflix is a good alternative.

      It is really hot here today. I went out to do errands, and the store wasn’t all that well-chilled and I was sweating moving the cart up and down the aisles. I was glad to get in the cool car and then in the cool house.

      There are a couple of stations where you can sometimes find a good B movie. I always look just in case.

      Have a great evening

  3. Bob Says:

    Kids ignore the weather while their minds are focused on playing. When I was a kid in 1953 we had one of the hottest and driest summers on record. My mother constantly worried that if we became over heated we could contract polio. The following spring every kid in the neighborhood lined up at the elementary school for the first of the series of Salk vaccine shots. After that she calmed down about polio but worried about everything else bad that could happen to us. 🙂 The only thing that she changed when we moved from NYC was that we could be stolen by Gypsies. I don’t think there were any in Dallas in the early 1950s. However, we did have our share of bigotry against blacks, Mexicans, Jews and Catholics. I remember a middle aged man who lived in our apartment building who asked me if I had them removed. I replied what removed and said your horns. 🙁

    • katry Says:

      My mother never had a thing about polio so hot days were just hot days. I know I had the vaccine but I don’t remember getting the shots. In Ghana, they gave us oral vaccine during training as part of the Peace Corps stress on preventive medicine.

      My mother wasn’t afraid of all that much when we were kids. There was the wear a hat or you’ll get sick warning, but I don’t remember fears of other people. Our town was pretty much middle-class white. There was a synagogue but no one made any sort of a deal about it.

      That was one mean guy!

      • Bob Says:

        Actually he wasn’t mean just ignorant. You have to remember this was in the south during the time of racial segregation. The largest religious denomination in Texas was the Southern Baptists. The Southern Baptist Convention was formed to separate the white Baptists from the black congregations and to keep society segregated. They were preaching separation of the races along with anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic BS from their pulpits based on their perverted reading of scripture. Kids and adults in those days used the ‘N’ word in everyday normal conversation. People thought nothing about saying “I saw that ‘N…ger’ Jim walking down the road to work this morning”. The speaker didn’t want the listener to be confused which Jim he was referring. Everything was separate. There were separate schools, rest rooms, water fountains, resturaunts, hospitals, hotels and seating in buses. The black accomodations were always inferior to the white ones. Blacks could be beaten or killed by the police or their vigilante groups for looking at a white woman a certain way, not giving way on the sidewalk to a white person or drinking from the wrong water fountain.

        We have come a long way in the last 60 years but not far enough. Having an African American President has been a horrible thing in most white people’s minds. The ‘Birthers’ and other Republican hate mongers are still out there. Watching the Republican convention this week proves how little most white people have come regarding race. Additionally, Issis and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have now thrown every Musilm into the hate ring. Not using the ‘N’ word to them is “Political Correctness”. In their hearts and minds those folks are still just ‘N….gers’.

      • Bob Says:

        BTW we officially hit 100 degrees today.

      • katry Says:

        I didn’t meet my first black until I was in college and that was it for my four college years so it was a bit ironic that I was posted to West Africa. My father was a racist and told me I couldn’t go. As if that would stop me! Many of my relatives, my Irish relatives, were bigoted. I just ignored them.

        You are so right about the hate mongers. They complain about the Obama presidency despite everything he has done. They give him no credit at all. Had he been white, he would have been lauded.

        Boston got to 94˚ so they are officially in a heat wave. We were 84˚ but terribly humid.

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