Monday, September 27, 2010
An Open Letter to San Diego
Your weather is sublime and everyone knows it. Every morning I hear the weather report: "Cloudy in the morning, giving way to sunshine by midday, high in the mid seventies." Sometimes it's a bit cooler, maybe a little warmer, and sometimes it stays cloudy; but no one actively checks the weather because it's the same every day: mostly nice, and awesome at times.
San Diego, your citizens take great pride in their weather. No one swims when the water is cold, no one goes to the beach if it's not a perfect beach day. And why would they? After all, the water will probably be warmer tomorrow, and tomorrow will probably be a perfect beach day. There is no need for one to make themselves uncomfortable on account of less than perfect weather, because perfect weather is always just around the corner. No wonder you are one of the most desirable places to live.
But San Diego, your citizens truly flip out when the weather changes--even if just for a day.
Yesterday you were hot. To be fair, you were not just hot relative to your norm. You were truly fry an egg on the sidewalk, melt in your car, 100 degrees, desert hot. This was cause for alarm among your citizens. People treated your temperature like the End of Days--they didn't even want to leave the office for lunch if it meant leaving the safe harbor of air conditioning. This was the day to end all days:
"You remember that day back in 2010 when it was hot?"
"Boy do I! I was sweating when I was outside, even though I was wearing shorts!"
"I know, I went for a swim, even though the water was only 65 degrees!"
I'm not surprised San Diego. You treat your citizens to the most temperate weather in all the land and they expect nothing less. They are not impressed with a partly sunny 80 degree day--in fact that may be too hot. They care not for a mostly sunny 68 degree day--nothing special. But you crank the heat one one day out of three-hundred-and-sixty-five and your citizens are appalled; and when it rains... "OH THE HUMANITY!"
But I understand. If you never consider the weather a cause for discomfort, or even mild annoyance, then a 100 degree day will blow your mind farther than some Maui Wowi. But what I don't understand is that today--when the temperature returned to a balmy 78 degrees--your citizens weren't happy or thankful, they were placated.
No hard feelings San Diegans, but given that your winter sport is surfing, and the "no shirt, no shoes, no service" signs don't apply to you, complaints about just one uncomfortably hot day might fall on deaf ears. I enjoy your weather as much as the next, but I spent the last seven years of my life in places where the first nice sunny day in spring is cause for celebration and impromptu "sick days." Moreover, I grew up in the desert where 100-degree days are what's going on during the summer. So get over it, it's not that bad.
My advice would would be to take the next 100-degree day to give thanks for the fact that it's just one day, and remember tomorrow the weather will be mostly nice, and awesome at times.