August 4th, 2011



Warm, but not too warm, not molten warm, not flame-eruptions warm -- Portland is, again, being lucky. A mild, sometimes wet and cool summer's been occurring. Took a while to even feel like summer; again, lucky considering what the weather's been doing to a lot of places. Urg, on behalf of the lot of you who've been hit with that.

That said: It's mainly been in the past few weeks that I've really had chances to sweat. And I've been glad to.

I've been known to hold my arms out bring-it-on style when I've been out in the sun lately, soaking and grinning. Mayhaps I'm really solar-powered, the way popfiend is, and now, after months of the wet, I'm in my element. Sunning myself like a scorpion.

(Well, I *am* a Scorpio. I may as well show some of those traits.)

I will do this more, with judicious application of sunblock, as my ancestors are all from poorly-lit countries and I'm pasty. Not the glorious paledom of, say, Nicole Kidman or Felicia Day, but pale. Pasty-pale, that kind of pale, trending towards pinkish. Maybe a little more pinkish at lunch, when I brave the light in the public squares outside my office building, as I've done lately. Again, Soaking Up The Sun. For me, it's still a good idea (IN MODERATION, yes, I know, don't harp).

Memories of Sweat: June 2006, when I went to Virginia for my friend Tarah's wedding. That trip, I actually sweated away a few pounds. Wasn't trying to, but even with eating rich wedding-event-related food, I was darting and jumping so much and sweating enough that the body was making weight leave me. (Some of that darting-and-jumping, I did on the Sunday morning after the wedding, when Tarah, her husband John and I ran around Washington, D.C.'s Monumental Core takign informal wedding pictures. That was my wedding gift to them; losing a few pounds I didn't need was a gift to me!

I'm not trying to lose weight now. I'm at a decent weight, honestly. I'll use warmth for other reasons.

May y'all be warm without being too hot. Except when you want to be hot. Which, hey! Will be easy.
Whale fluke

Another kind of warmth

"You're warrrrrrrrm."

That was one of the things Alicia would say that I most loved hearing. As happens with many couples (how often is this so?), he radiates heat which she really likes. That was Alicia and I, when we were a couple.

How close am I to giving that kind of warmth again?
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