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re: Florida

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by » Sat Aug 24, 2019 04:43 pm

I do know humidity makes a huge difference in how the air feels.  In Lake Havasu City Arizona, it was a staggering 118 degrees, but it didn't feel anywhere near that hot.  That day I went swimming in the river in a pair of cut-offs and stupidly left my wallet in my pocket.  I got out of the river and under a small shelter with a picnic table.  I laid everything out on the table and smoked a cigarette.  It took about 10 minutes to smoke a cigarette and much to my amazement, by the time the cigarette was gone everything in my wallet, even in the shade of that shelter, was completely dry!  I do hate the desert though.  I left a book in the back window of my car and the next day I noticed it was scorched!  How hot did it have to be to do that?  I also noticed many of the windows on people's homes were covered in aluminum foil and I thought, "You people are living like baked potatoes!"  That was my second trip out there.  The first time was in Kingman.  Both trips were for one month and both trips were in August.

Playing on the road I made a lot of long trips to places like Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Arizona, North Dakota, etc.  The longest drive I ever made without stopping was to Kingman Arizona, which Google says is about 20 hours.  It would have taken longer to get there as I obviously had to stop for gasoline, but I really shouldn't have done it.  The trip to Florida was supposed to take 14 hours but actually took 18.  I figured it up and 6 trips to Kansas City and back is about the same as one trip to Florida!  That's why I hate going up there.  John

re: Florida

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by » Fri Aug 23, 2019 09:25 pm

Yep, David, you'll be here before you know it!  I'll send you mine too then. 

John, I do remember how hot and humid it was in K.C. but we moved to Chicago my senior year of high school () so I really didn't notice it like I would later in life.  Chicago doesn't even come close to the severe storms K.C. gets. Refused to go down during tornado season but did give in and went down in May 2007 for the 50th reunion of "our" F5 tornado.




Peggy, Laila and Angel Minchie

re: Florida

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by » Fri Aug 23, 2019 05:03 pm

I am willing to bet that the heat here is a bit more tolerable due to the low humidity. Since I have been here the hotest day I remember (based from my weather station's readings) was 107f, but likley at almost 0 humidity. THis year it has been odd, not a lot of hot days and I am not sure we broke 100 so far. More rain than usual (it was raining again this morning on the drive here).

Of course NO sharks or jellyfish here! Yeah! BUT I suppose I am not sure I rather be eaten by a mountain lion or bear than a shark. Eh, hard choice. ;)


My longest drives in my life:

Fairfield NJ to Bozeman MT. Did it in 3 days.

Miami FL to Fairfield NJ. Did that one in 20 hours I think.

Palatine IL to Bozeman MT. 2 Days (and reverse) - did this one 2 times (4 total one way trips)

Arlington Heights IL to Helena MT (3 days and with 5 cats)

Arlington Heights IL to Fairfield NJ (with Hamlet - 1 day)


N. Brunswick NJ to Palatine IL (with Hamlet & Itchy - 1 day)

Those are the more noteworthy lengths I think.

Oh, Peggy, I'll send you my cell # soon since the trip is what, just over 2 weeks from now?


re: Florida

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by » Fri Aug 23, 2019 04:48 pm

Wow, everything I typed just disappeared.  Trying again.  As I got older I became more of a recluse.  That is, I don't mind being around people but I want to be able to get away from them.  There are places in Florida with very few people but of course, not along the coast.  My first trip there was to St. Petersburg/Tampa.  Yeah, way too many people.  But then I discovered the panhandle.  A lot cleaner, a lot closer, and a lot fewer people.  No way I'd ever go some place like Miami or Fort Lauderdale.

18 hours is really a lot longer than I should drive.  I don't think I ever let the car get down to half a tank before I'd stop for gasoline, junk food, and just to walk around.  Cheri of course, helped keep me awake.  She was my navigator.  I realy wanted to get past Birmingham and Montgomery before I stopped, as I didn't want to have to face them the next morning, but to my surprise, southern Alabama is largely empty.  There really was no place to stay and I just can't get to sleep sitting in the car.

Peggy, a lot of people say that about Florida but I think you've been away from Kansas City too long.  You didn't forget how hot, humid and buggy this area can be?  When I played the Fair, it was up to 105 with 75% humidity and it was miserable, and then the big storm hit.  Coming back through Birmingham it was 103 and it stormed on me in southern Missouri.  Of course, I don't go to Florida for the weather.  I go because I love that ocean.  When I'm in that water with those waves picking me up and setting me down, it doesn't matter how hot and humid it is, and there ain't no bugs.  OK, maybe the occasional shark or jellyfish.  

Actually, I'm OK with Kansas City itself.  I just don't like driving through it, and it's an hour and a half west of Sedalia.  I'm just so tired of that drive.  This week I'm there 2 days in a row.  That's the equivalent of about a third of the way to Florida!    John

re: Florida

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by » Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:55 pm

Welcome back, John!  Glad the granddaughter got to see the ocean.  Florida holds no interest for me at all with the bugs, heat and humidity.  One of my brothers lives down there and I refuse to go visit.  Say hi to good ol' K.C. for me!  Peggy


Peggy, Laila and Angel Minchie

re: Florida

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by » Thu Aug 22, 2019 06:05 pm

It sounds like you had a nice time.

I could never move to Florida. way too many people for my taste. I like the general emptiness of MOntana. :)

I would not have liked the long drives you did. When I was younder I had no issues with it, but now I rather not drive more than 8 hours if I had to.

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