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The longest, grayest day of the year

O lumière! C'est le cri de tous les personnages placés, dans le drame antique, devant leur destin. Ce recours dernier était aussi le nôtre et je le savais maintenant. Au milieu de l'hiver, j'apprenais enfin qu'il y avait en moi un été invincible.*
--Albert Camus, Noces à Tipasa

(*O light! This is the cry of all the characters of ancient drama brought face to face with their fate. This last resort was ours, too, and I knew it now. In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.)

Or maybe a fairly hard to beat one. Or, you know, one that might, just maybe, survive another week of this endless PNW cloud cover and rain.

Sheesh. And to think I was worried about bike-commuting in the heat.


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Jun. 21st, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
Hilariously, I distinctly remember the weathermen saying today was going to be sunny and warmer. Not a single one of them is mentioning that tonight, however.

We were outside making dinner between 7 and 8:30 tonight, and it went from gray to dark (not dark from it being evening, but dark from more clouds) and the clouds came down real low, just misty and damp everywhere, though not chilly, just a tad cool. I know everyone's tired of the gray and the rain and ready for it to be summer (or spring, at least), but wow, it sure was awesome.
Jun. 21st, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
My niece and I took a bike ride in the drizzly falling-fog stuff tonight at about 10:00 and it was really quite pleasant. I'm of two minds about it--I love the cool, I really dislike being hot, and I sleep well in this weather. But it would be nice to see the sun, and I do feel the want of light.

As my nephew said, you can't tell whether it's 2:00 in the afternoon or 8:00 at night. He's quite right.
Jun. 21st, 2010 06:59 am (UTC)
He is indeed. I happen to love that feeling, but I understand why most people don't. It does make this whole season feel very odd and disjointed though, doesn't it? Especially during what should be the longest days of the year. This is definitely one for the record books.
Jun. 21st, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
Is reading French another one of your many talents? :)
Jun. 21st, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Not really--not anymore. I have BA in French, but it's pretty old and rusty. I can still manage a little Camus, but it's dictionary all the way if I attempt anything older, more complex, or more Structuralist.
Jun. 22nd, 2010 09:37 am (UTC)
We're going through a hot spell at the moment. 23 Deg C, high wispy clouds and mugginess that isn't alleviated by breeze or rain. :-(

I don't mind it when it's sunny and warm, I just don't like it when it's HOT! Chum #1 and I took the dogs out before bed last night - about 22:30hrs and we were in t-shirts and boiling by the time we got home. It's not that usual for Blighty at this time of year. It should be raining. It's traditional! :-P

Merry =^..^=
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