Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

Hot is my favorite time of the year


Until I was an adult, and in the army, I really didn’t know there was much in the way of seasons. In Los Angeles, it’s largely hot most of the year. Yeah, it gets cold, but their idea of cold and what Virginia was like this last year … well, that’s apples and oranges. It was a really, really big deal when it got cold enough to actually freeze the water pipes,which happened once.

This photo is very typical of how Southern California looks.  It was taken during the winter:

Rocky mountains covered by scrubby bushes against a blue sky backdrop

February in California

 

I didn’t even see snow until I was 25, and that was also while I was in the army. It gets cold enough in Los Angeles for snow maybe once every 25 years or so. Maybe.

My first year after I transferred to Washington, DC, we had a blizzard. I’d seen some snow in Washington State, but not a blizzard. I locked my keys in my car while I was trying to shovel snow off it. I got stuck multiple times in the snow (the army said, “Come to work in the snow.”). I had to wear Class B uniforms in the snow, and it wasn’t made to keep warm … exactly how is snow fun?

We had 56″ inches of snow one year, which was a record. People were leaving cars parked in the middle of the street because they got stuck. No one shoveled off the sidewalks, so pedestrians walked on the streets, competing with the cars.  Pedestrian paths on the sidewalks were human foot wide, so it was easy to fall and get snow onto my clothing, which now meant wet and cold. Then my heat went out during the coldest time and I was freezing! Exactly how is this fun?

So by the time I’m nearing the end of winter, I just want it to be warm again, so I can go around in tank tops and shorts and soak up the sun.

Mmmmm. Hot. Sun.

Up angle of palm tree against a blue sky backdrop.

Virginia Beach, VA in June

 

This was from a writing prompt at The Daily Post.

11 Comments

  1. I know being in the army you traveled a lot right?

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    • Actually, not as much as a typical soldier. I homesteaded at Fort Lewis, Washington for six years, with a break to Saudi Arabia for six months, and then to Washington, DC. So only three locations (unless you count Los Angeles for the Reserves).

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      • Did you like LA? I want to visit there and other places, but I can’t afford to travel.

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      • I’m probably biased since I grew up there, but … I miss things like having such a creative environment around me and seeing antique cars driving around. I visited L.A. in February, and there was art everywhere and museums galore. I went to the car museum, and it had all these fabulous cars that were art themselves. In DC, despite having so many museums, it’s like all the politics stifles the art. And the drivers are so aggressive that no one’s going to drive an antique car here.

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  2. It’s hot here in Florida in the summer; I miss winter. I do know snow, btw, ’cause I’m from Wisconsin.

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    • What part? My father’s side of the family has a historical house in Wisconsin (on the National Register; they’re trying to get it declared a National Landmark).

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