The humidity? You were thinking “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”? That’s what I thought for many years, living in Oklahoma. Yes, summer humidity is a thing in Oklahoma; the Dust Bowl was a long time ago. But now that I live in Colorado, humidity is no longer a thing. In fact, we are constantly reminded to drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated.
So, it’s not the humidity. But the heat? Definitely a thing. It can get downright hot here in the summer. 100°F is common in many parts of the state. High desert, etc. And I don’t do heat. Haven’t for many years. You see, if it’s cold you can always put on more clothes. But if it’s hot, there’s a limit to how much you can take off. And birthday suits don’t come off.
Thankfully, there’s air conditioning. I couldn’t survive summer without it. So, if it’s not the humidity or the heat, what is it?
NOISE! I’ve concluded that for me the greatest irritant in the summer is the noise — “noise” being sounds generated by others and not under my control.
I sit here in the morning, half awake, sipping my coffee, and then RRRRRR!! A neighbor fires up a lawnmower. I get it. One mows early to beat the heat. I did that myself for many years. But it’s noisy. And it’s not my noise. My noise is sound I choose to create. I can crank up the volume for video games (more immersive that way). I like my music loud enough to shake the walls (gotta feel that bass). I turn on the dishwasher or the washing machine at times of my choosing. Those are all sounds I control.
Lawnmowers. Speeding cars. Roaring trucks. Kids screaming. Dogs barking. Air conditioners. Illegal fireworks. The sounds of summer. I expect them when I’m outdoors. But they are uninvited intruders in my home.
In the winter, people and pets stay inside where it’s warm. Traffic is minimized when the roads get bad. And snow, beautiful cold white snow, muffles all sound. You can wake up in the morning and actually “hear” that it snowed overnight.
So yes, I’ve decided it’s not the heat … or the humidity. It’s the noise.