Remember that scene in the Blues Brothers where they are in that redneck bar pretending to be the Good Ol' Boys and asking the barmaid what type of music they played?
"Two kinds, Country and Western."
Hangzhou is like that with weather. Basically cold and hot. I really and truly hate summer. I have always lived in a place that has basically the same summer weather. Like in my hometown, summer is very LONG, and extremely hot with over 100F (38C) temperatures with full on humidity.
I also have vitiligo, the same skin disorder as Michael Jackson. Vitiligo is where the skin cells quit producing melon which creates white splotches of skin. Fortunately for me, I am a very white boy, so it is not very noticable, except for the summer. I don't want to be out in the heat at all and I am very aware of it. In 2005, I sunburned my feet driving a motorbike in Laos and I still have the scar marks today.
I love to play with the Newbies "uh, spent a summer here yet?" When they say no, I break into an evil giggle, especilly the poor bastards from Canada, Europe or Minnesota.
One good thing about summer here is that the girls do show off the leg and wear Daisy Dukes. Another thing I like is that the run of the mill Chinese person do not care that much about fashion in the heat and wear what you want. Teaching corporate training in a T-shirt, shorts and flops? No problemo as long as you are clean, the clothes cleaned and pressed and the teacher is ready to work. It is freaking 40C outside, screw the tie.
Spring so far this year has been pretty decent, I have worn shorts a bit, but it is still cool in the evenings and rather nice, comfortable sleeping weather. Summer is edgeing loser and I am not loking forward to it. Not only that, I will have to buy new pants and shorts. I am not really looking forward into wearing sandals outside either. And yes, I wear them with socks. Don't like it, kiss my behind
, I told you, I have the Michael Jackson disorder and I don't like burned feet!
I was about to lose it here in February and March. From Chinese New Years for 6 freaking weeks, nothing but rain, grey skies, absolutely no sun and just frigid, bone chilling cold. Now, I LIKE cold. One of my favorite types of weather is what I call "Fresh and Minty", which is bright sunshine, clear skies and between 0-5C. Feels good to me. One can warm up, but it impossible to cool down.