“I’m not lost. I’m exploring.”

The heat is unrelenting. Today may be the hottest of all here. The temperature is already 87˚. I was going to do some planting but have decided to stay in the house until later in the afternoon when it might be just a bit cooler. The dogs go outside, do their business quickly then run back into the house and collapse in the cool air.

When I was a kid, Saturday was the best day of the week. I’d eat my cereal in the living room so I could watch TV. I always sat on the floor in front of the TV cabinet. Saturday morning TV was kid-centric. I remember Rin Tin Tin and Rusty, both of whom lived at an army post. Rusty would yell at ease and Rinty would let go of his prey, the bad guy. We tried to train our dog Duke, but he was a free spirit and never listened. In the winter, I watched until later in the morning. On warmer days I was gone early, usually for the whole day, mostly on my bike.

I loved exploring my town. Sometimes I would walk through the square and window shop. I always stopped to watch the lobsters floating in the pool at the fish market, but I hated the smell which hung in the air outside the store. I checked out the windows at Woolworth’s and Grant’s. I liked Woolworth’s better. My dime went a long way. I’d bike to the outskirts of my town in different directions and sometimes into the next town. I’d ride on the dirt beside the tracks. I knew where one side of the tracks ended, but I never reached the end of the other side. The tracks just kept going. I’m still curious about that. I did search but didn’t find the answer. It is still a mystery but not one worthy of Nancy Drew’s talents.

When I was older, in my teens, and still too young for cars, my friends and I walked. We had stops like O’Grady’s diner for a brownie topped with ice cream or one of the drug stores for a Coke. I preferred a vanilla Coke. We had drill practice either at the field, Recreation Park, until it got dark or in the school yard under lights. It was always dark when I walked home. I was never afraid in my town.

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4 Comments on ““I’m not lost. I’m exploring.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    The weather fluctuations, of course depends, on where you live. What you think is hot for Cape Cod, we here in the oven of hell in Texas consider a cool spell. The hottest temperature ever recorded on earth was in Death Valley California on July 10, 1913 of 134°F. That’s 56.67°C. By comparison all of us in the rest of the world are comfortable even at 113° which was the highest temperature ever recorded in 1980 at DFW Airport. It’s all relative. 🙂

    My Saturdays as a kid were similar to your Saturdays. One of my greatest ‘Ah Hah’ moments came while traveling around the world and working with folks from many other countries, religions, and cultures. That moment was when I came to realize how similar we all are. This is why I get so frustrated with people on the far right who espouse drivel about racial, religious, or ethnic differences. “Let’s keep those, _______ people out of our country. I don’t want to live around those people”. That’s the most stupid, ridiculous, and illogical ideas. Basically, I’m referring to Trumpsters. The far right wing, which now makes up the majority of the Republican Party, are dead wrong and extremely dangerous to our democracy. Of course, I think they know they are wrong, but don’t want to give up their political and economic power.

    Compared to the other crap going on in the world, this heatwave doesn’t seem so bad. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      It is all relative. I live in a state with 4 distinct seasons, each with its own peculiar weather. Summer starts late here by the water. Fall lasts longer. Usually we don’t get into the high 80’s until August so to have it now is weird weather, too hot for July. I don’t ever remember getting beyond the low 90’s once in a while, maybe twice a summer.

      I too have traveled the world. When I was living I’m Africa, I also saw how similar but still how unique we are.

      The Republican Party is hell bent on remolding the world to their skewered view. Stop abortions, stop gay marriage, redraw voting districts to break up strongholds of democrats and make it difficult for aliens to become citizens. People feel free to hate.

  2. Christer. Says:

    It has cooled down considerable here and I love it 🙂 Yesterday it barely reached above 59F but today it will reach almost 68.They’re guessing we’ll get plenty of rain tomorrow, perhaps as much as an inch but their guessing can change in seconds and perhaps show we won’t get anything at all in the end 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I want cool weather. Today the high will be in the high 80’s. The morning is cool, but that won’t last long. I turned off my air conditioner last night, but the house was still cool this morning. The dogs are outside, but when it gets really hot, they like the cool house.

      Nothing on my list except the dump.

      Enjoy your Sunday!!


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