#ThorsDaySmile – Summer In Florida

It’s here. Summer in Florida, where weeks of triple digit temps keep most of us locked safely inside our air-conditioned houses. But for those brave souls who venture forth to pursue trivial activities like, oh, I dunno–earning a living, perhaps–life can be full of mind-boggling sights and adventures. Ready or not, here come a few for your viewing horror–errmm–I mean, pleasure.Β  Those of you who have been here in July and August can vouch for the truth of these images.Β  Enjoy. And just remember our state motto:

Florida. The Rules are Different Here
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Ya do what ya gotta do #1

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You do what ya gotta do #2

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And last, some words of caution:Β 
Eye BleachDon’t Leave Home Without It!!!
Seriously.

39 thoughts on “#ThorsDaySmile – Summer In Florida

    • Sometimes we have winds with our heat, too–like hurricanes, and such. πŸ˜€ But lately, it’s been 96 to 98 degrees out, dead still, and simply unbearable. It sucks the air right out of my lungs. 😯 Good luck with your strong wind warning. Stay safe! And thanks for reblogging! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  1. We used to live in Florida, Marcia. I lived there for around 3 years, so I totally understand. I’ve never experienced weather like it. I remember the sunny one minute and thunderstorms with straight down torrential rain the next, and the humidity Ughhh! But was lovely too in many ways πŸ™‚

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    • I’m a Florida native, and I hate hot weather more and more every year. My heart longs for the Smoky Mountains! As for the unpredictable nature of our weather, the photos don’t exaggerate. There can be a torrential downpour 1/2 a mile away, complete with black skies and lightning, and yet the sun is beating down on your head where you stand watching it. And some of you might remember an old song with the line “Going where the sun keeps shinin’ through the pouring rain.” That’s about a guy on his way to Florida. You can be standing in sunshine and rain both, at the same time. Go figger! πŸ˜€

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    • It’s so awful, I almost didn’t include it, but honestly, you see sights like that on our beaches all the time. People get old, move to Florida, and forget everything they ever learned about how to dress in public. :O ❀

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  2. Great pics that had me laughing! I’ve only been to Flordia a couple times and was surprised by the summer weather. I found you can’t go outside at midnight to cool off and I’ve never seen it rain so hard. Here, its cooler than normal which I don’t mind at all!

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  3. We are now officially entering the time of year when the temperature doesn’t drop at night. The ground retains the heat it has accumulated during the day. And truly, our rainstorms–even just afternoon showers–can be blinding. I no longer drive in the rain at all, because the visibility is so poor. Also, we have something called Florida ice. That’s when oil has accumulated on highways during a dry spell, and the first heavy rain that comes along causes it to spread out in a slippery film. People who don’t live here all year do not know how to handle it. (Just as I would be in trouble trying to drive on icy streets up north.)

    It’s a good thing Florida also has things like rivers and springs and lakes around every bend in the road, and fabulous wildlife, and wonderful seafood, and my favorite, gardening all winter long. πŸ˜€ (I’d still move to the mountains, though, if it weren’t for my hubby’s job. I might be a Florida native, but my heart’s in the Smokies.) πŸ˜€ ❀

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    • I warned you–EYE BLEACH!!! It’s almost as important as sunblock when you head to a Florida beach!! (But the SONG. Oh, my lord. Brilliant.) And yes, Florida is a land of extremes, for sure. Feast or famine. Drought or monsoon. Good taste or Thong Man. OMG. Is it any wonder I long for a remote cabin on a North Carolina mountaintop??? πŸ˜€

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    • I know exactly what you mean. I almost didn’t share it, but then I kept thinking about how funny the song was, PLUS, some folks need to be warned before they plan their vacations. I’ve seen worse on our beaches. Yes. WORSE. Wearing LESS, even, if you can believe it. I’ll stay inside, thanks, just me and my A/C. πŸ˜€

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        • I know! It’s just mind-boggling that he would go out even on the beach like that, but riding the bike is unbelievable. I’m truly glad I didn’t pull up next to him at a traffic light somewhere (especially since I live more than an hour from the nearest beach!). I don’t know that I could have resisted screaming. After all, catching sight of that could definitely pose a traffic hazard!!! 😯

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    • As I said to Kass, I’ve actually seen beach goers wearing LESS, on bodies that should have NEVER been exposed to human eyeballs!! Sometimes, I just can’t figure out what folks are thinking. But whoever matched those lyrics to that picture has my undying admiration. Hilarious! And again, if you’re planning a beach vacation in Florida, do NOT forget to pack the eye bleach!!! πŸ˜€ I’m just glad folks like this guy don’t go out to dinner dressed like that. Much. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  4. Mind blowing, Marcia! I don’t know whether I’m more impressed with the truly incredible, contrasting weather in the same shots…or Thong-man! Thanks for the entertainment, and keep cool. ❀ ❀ ❀

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    • Well, there’s impressed, and then there’s impressed, and they aren’t always the same feeling. πŸ˜€ Of course, some of the contrasting weather shots were surely manipulated, but the one with the driver looking ahead of his car out the window and behind his car through the mirror is NOT. And I’ve seen the same thing, many times. (I’m usually praying I get home before the cloud catches up to me.)

      As I say, it’s a good thing there are some truly beautiful places, animals, and birds here, or I don’t know how I’d stand it. There are things that are wonderful that I love, and others … well, not so much on either count. πŸ˜€ Thanks for stopping by, Trish. ❀

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    • I know what you mean. But as soon as I saw the picture with those lyrics, I nearly fell off my chair. Truly, looking at it too long COULD be fatal! But what a perfect caption! Glad it gave you a laugh. (And yes, I definitely remember the original version. Somehow, an image of this sort never came to my mind when I listened to Roberta. πŸ˜€ )

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  5. Haha! These are a hoot. I do feel like I need to scrub my eyes after that last one, though. And I may be needing that ice cube necklace Saturday, as they’re calling for us to have a heat index of 104 then.

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  6. Glad you liked them, Jeanne. The ice cube necklace is too funny, and I know what you mean about the last one. (Hence the recommendation for Eye Bleach. But it’s so blinkin’ awful it’s funny!) πŸ˜€ ❀

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    • You’re welcome, Jerry! Eighty degrees sounds heavenly to me right about now. And take heart! At least you won’t be tempted to wander the streets of your town dressed (or undressed) like Thong Man!! I’m still shuddering over that image, which is burned into my retinas for all time, now. 😯

      Thanks for stopping by and taking a minute to comment! πŸ˜€

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  7. Wow. I didn’t realise the weather could be so changeable. I like that it’s nice and fine at work, but stormy at both the beach and home. Typical! Eye bleach? Ouch! that stings. πŸ™‚

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    • Eye bleach DOES sting, but not as badly as looking at Thong Man on his bike! URK!!! And yep, you can stand in your yard and check the sky to the north, south, east, and west, and see a different weather condition in each direction. As Nilsson said in “Everybody’s Talkin'” this is the land where “the sun keeps shining through the pouring rain.” πŸ˜€ The only constant thing from about Mid-March to Mid-November or so is the heat. 😯

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        • Thanks, Norah. All our hurricane damage to the house and cars has been repaired, but after all this time, we’re STILL cleaning up the yard damage and trying to restore the garden. We only have weekends, and half of those are too hot for me to work, so that part’s a slow process. I won’t even mention the fact that my energy and brute force strength aren’t what they were 15 years ago when we first started planting. πŸ˜€ (Okay, so I mentioned it! πŸ˜‰ ) But there are those in the Florida panhandle who still don’t have homes, and businesses that haven’t yet (and may never) reopened. And we weren’t hurt! So I’m counting my blessings. (Most days. πŸ˜€ )

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  9. You are dead on about everything here! We live it, we survive it! Those memes capture everything that we experience in our great state. I lived in the Tampa area for 21 years & go back frequently as my kids & grand kids live there still. Jacksonville is a much milder area in the spring & fall. At least we have (somewhat of the seasons) here. The humidity in Tampa in the summer is worse than any sauna you could climb in. I’m reminded on every trip as to why I moved to Jacksonville. Thanks for the laughs that I needed today!

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    • Glad they gave you some laughs today, Lisa. I think Florida decided to get back at me, though. Wednesday night, our a/c compressor blew out, blam! Not fixable! It has been 94 degrees INSIDE my house for 2 straight days, and the people we decided to have do the work won’t be here until Monday morning. We were lucky to get them even that quickly, since this is, after all, MID-JULY, and the worst possible time for this to happen. GAH!

      The only reason I’m alive is because we have a little window unit in the bedroom, so I can crank it down to 68 at night without having to cool the whole house down in order to sleep. That is now my Escape Pod! 😯 Monday can’t get here fast enough.

      BTW, I was born in Jacksonville, and graduated school in Tampa, back when most homes didn’t have air conditioning at all. I have no idea how I survived to adulthood. Lesson learned? Never make fun of the Sunshine State if it can hear you. It will GET you for it! πŸ˜€

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      • I’m sorry to hear about your AC. Summer in Florida is not the time for that to happen. Karma is a…..? Non the less, keep your chin up & continue on because your life stories gives you plenty of content to write. Lesson learned….I don’t think so!

        We have a window unit in our “playroom”. You know, the catch all room that sometimes is a space to put that “I’ll eventually use it” item. Frank & I just had that conversation 2 days ago because one of our neighbor’s air went out too. I told him we would have to go to a hotel, but then he reminded me of the wall unit & the camping mattress. Oh boy! We would probably freeze it up with my menopausal fits.

        Good luck & I will continue to enjoy the antics to come. You are super talented!

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        • Thank you so much, LIsa! What a nice thing to say! And, ta-daaa, today’s the day! I’m eagerly awaiting the a/c folks, and hoping they don’t run into any snags getting this issue resolved. They came highly recommended, so I’m crossing my fingers that my days of heat-related misery are almost over. (Plenty of other miseries around, in case I get bored with things going along too smoothly! πŸ˜€ )

          We originally got our little unit when we bought a generator for an extended, hurricane-related power outage. The generator gets set up every time we are in a hurricane watch zone, so it’s ready to go. It will run the little a/c, the fridge, the stove, and a couple of lights. Very handy. (We also have tons of camping lanterns, little stoves, etc, if we need to bring them out, as well.) But once I realized how useful the window a/c would be for sleeping at night, I started using it as a way to save on power. When we can leave the rest of the house set at 80 or so, yet still sleep in a nice, cool room, why not? And now, you have an Escape Pod, too. Yay, us! πŸ˜€

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