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January 29, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Well, that was an interesting day to say the least. 

We started at 7am and finished at 12:30 and this is what greeted us when we returned to the car.  That’s the outside temperature while the car was under a shady tree.

Amazingly enough, we didn’t feel all that bad considering it was probably the hottest day of our lives.  I’ve never worked in such temperatures in my life so maybe we were psyched up to it or something but needless to say were were starting to wilt by 12.30 and a good time to pulled up stumps.  We passed the car on a couple of occasions, and a shop too, so we were able to drink plenty to the point of bursting so that helped.

The old PDE packed it in at 10am and fortuitously right opposite a pub just on opening time.  We adjourned there for the great air conditioning and ordered two large lemon squashes.  The lovely girl pulled out these monstrous glasses and asked if we wanted those instead of the standard ones.  We argued but she forced them on us and we got them gratis too so she must have felt very sorry for us.

Sipping our drinks in one gulp, we then got a call from my friends wife to say the other PDE had turned up so we headed back to transfer the data to a shiny new handheld and headed back to last account, a funeral home, which seemed handy to know considering the conditions. 

I got back to Ocean Grove and it was 45.9 (115F) on our gauge and all of our lovely photinias are burnt to a crisp. 

It’s going to be 40c tomorrow followed by a mild cool change in the afternoon but the timing for this training over these 3 days has been somewhat shitty.

Dem’s da breaks.

  1. January 29, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    It’s meter reading time up here, can I put your name down as a fill in?

  2. January 29, 2009 at 8:41 pm


    Brian – Yes please! I’ll even do it naked.

    June – The weather isn’t their fault but just bad timing.

    Gabrielle – It’s a mixture of lemon cordial and lemonade. Solo is one brand and you can read about it and it’s American connections here. Pubs usually have it on tap. I usually have an LLB. Now that would have confused you.

    AZ – Yes, a record for the Geelong area.

    You have done some Googling for LLB? I can’t imagine it being a drink you guys have because the Poms have never heard of it.

    June – Mad dogs and Englishmen about sums it up.

    Paradise Driver – I realise it’s an everyday occurrence for some people but we’re in a very temperate climate and fortunately would only get 3 to 4 days of very hot weather over summer, or in this case, once in a century. I presume tradespeople and outdoor workers in hot areas would just have to live with it and life goes on but you can’t tell me people can get used to it. Over here, outside work stops for a unionised workforce when it gets to 36c.

    shammy – I feel for you too in that cold but you probably get used to it. This heatwave was exceptional and I defy anyone (other than AZ) to be able to handle it. We usually only get a couple of days of real heat at the most before a change and our house is well insulated and takes a couple of days to heat up but 4 days was too much and we sweltered in and out.

    AZ – Sorry to cause so much confusion with our lingo. Wikipedia is always a good source for info. This is the entry for Bitters. One derivation of “Pom” is that it stands for Prisoner Of her Majesty given to that riff raff that Mother England dumped in this country.

    Scott – Cook your eggs on the pavement hot!

    Brian – I can’t even recall that 1mm of rain. Gardens are looking terrible everywhere.

  3. june in florida
    January 30, 2009 at 1:03 am

    There was a song when i was a kid,something about mad dogs and englishmen go out in the midday sun.Obviously there is still some english in you yet.I hope you are making them pay til it hurts for this stint.

  4. January 30, 2009 at 2:51 am

    What in the world is a Lemon Squash? Lemonade?

  5. thomashouseman
    January 30, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Here’s an appropriate song for you:


  6. AZ
    January 30, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Okay, you got my attention 115F is hot, is that a record breaker for your area?

  7. AZ
    January 30, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Lemon, Lime and Bitters = LLB?

  8. January 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    That is hot. Where I live now we get about 30-40 days in that range a year.

  9. AZ
    January 30, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Every time I visit your blog I have to Google something, now what the heck is/are “Poms?” And what the heck are “Bitters?” I’m tellin’ ya I can’t make it through a sentence without Googling something! 😆

  10. AZ
    January 30, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Oh Jeebus, I Googled “Pom” and it came up with the Pomeranian, a breed of little yapping dog! I just remembered your slang dictionary, looked up “Pom” oh, so “Pom” = Englishman.

  11. January 31, 2009 at 3:54 am

    I see your monthly rain gauge is 1.00mm; I’m sure more than the lovely photinias are burnt to a crisp with those temps.

  12. Scott from Oregon
    January 31, 2009 at 9:54 am

    That’s hot!

  13. February 1, 2009 at 9:14 am

    I feel for you… it never gets quite that hot here (knock on wood with fingers crossed)… that’s bloomin’ ‘ot.
    I live in an old 2 storey double layer brick house surrounded by tall trees so a few days of hot weather doesn’t really affect the interior temperature, but if it stays hot for 5 or 6 days and the bricks heat up, then it takes forever to cool the house down again. And I don’t have central A/C, just a couple of window units.

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