08/28/2007

Feel the Heat Part II

A solid week has passed but the heat wave hasn't. Although we got some pretty heavy showers over the past few days, the rain, while welcome, did little to alleviate the heat and may have even added to the Humidity.

Well my tan is coming along fine and I (like most others I imagine) have lost 2 kgs. bringing me down to my fighting weight of 68. I feel slimmer than I have in months and faster than I have in years. When you got lemons, you just gotta make lemonade! Alas all good things will most likely come to an end soon as the Weather Studs are promising conditions most
cloudy and filled with rain for the next week or so along with a subsequent drop in temperature.

We'll see because that's what they said last week too.



My tip for the day- Put a bottle of water in the freezer before going to bed and in the morning you'll have a frozen treat that will provide you with ice cold water all day long no matter how hot it gets.



And keep your beer COLD!
posted by Billy at 11:20 | Weather

07/16/2007

We Now Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Blog

Please excuse the break from the action but, as I type these words, a Typhoon (T4 to be exact) is bearing down on Kyoto and I thought perhaps this meteorological event deserved some space on these pages. Now when I write Typhoon I realize that you may be forming an image in your mind of angry winds powerful enough to blow your dog away, brick heavy rain pouring down like a waterfall, violent waves crashing and smashing into the shore, raging floods washing away cars and houses, etc・tc・.etc・・/SPAN>



What is actually happening here during the terrible onslaught of T4?



Well・・・.ummmmm・・・

Right now it's raining・・..slightly. No, no, no・・wait・・・・sorry, it stopped.



Indeed.

For about 3 days now we've been assaulted by constant news reports concerning the terror that will be T4 plowing it's destructive path through Okinawa and hurtling headlong toward Kyoto and・・OOM! If you were paying attention to the television you would've believed THE END IS NEAR or at least that Godzilla was on the way, instead we got a tepid little storm that may/may not force us to・・GASP・HANG ON・・.OPEN OUR UMBRELLAS!

Oh, how I wish I could relay dramatic tales of Man vs. Nature and heroic struggles against forces greater than any imagined・・・・・・・・・・ but it just ain't happening folks. I climbed Mt. Daimonji yesterday and the most dramatic thing to happen was that my shoes got a little muddy.

That's about par for Typhoons in this part of the country.



Please understand that I have no wish to tempt the Weather Gods but this is now the 3rd Typhoon I've experienced in Kyoto and to call it an experience is an insult to experiences everywhere.



Here is my completely unsolicited advice to my fellow Kyoto Citizens-



RELAX, THE SKY IS NOT FALLING.



We are surrounded on 3 sides by beautiful, friendly mountains and we are a long, LONG way from any ocean. We are the least likely victims of any weather calamity in this entire nation. Come on out from under your bed, the Typhoon is NOT coming to get you any time soon and maybe never!



Ahem・・・・・sorry about that.



We Now Return You to Your Regularly Scheduled Programming.
posted by Billy at 17:35 | Weather

06/09/2007

Rainy Season

Today the rain is coming down in sheets and the sky is a somber battleship grey. This most likely announces the beginning of "Rainy Season" in Kyoto, approximately 3 three weeks of almost non-stop downpour that tests the mind, body and soul.

It tests the mind as you wake up everyday to the same slate grey sky and eventually begin to wonder if the Sun, or your smile, will ever reappear.

It tests the body while honing your bicycling reflexes to razor sharpness as you desperately clutch your handlebars in your right hand, your umbrella in your left, pedal furiously and squint into the wall of water while you weave like a drunken sailor through maniacal traffic, elbow-to-elbow sidewalk crowds, grannies flashing and splashing past you on
scooters, ubiquitous taxis threatening your life in their pursuit of the hard earned yen, all while feeling like a character in "Blade Runner" even on a short ride to the Konbini (convenience store) which can always turn into a soaking wet adventure.

And it tests your soul as surely as it tests your new, daily and worn out "uniform" of raingear and your brand new identity as "Umbrella Man"- he of the mighty power that can walk through water!

The Good News?

Lush greenery everywhere you care to look will soon be an everyday treat.

Near constant rain can make certain "indoor activities" even more fun than they might normally be.

In one week I'll be winging my way to Okinawa where the Sun will be shining and the beaches inviting.

So let the skies open up!
posted by Billy at 17:42 | Weather

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