Today I learned I can get a heat injury in an air-conditioned space if I get hot outside and get covered with something that resembles a blanket, like a barber’s apron.
Rather than wait the hour until the next bus I walked the 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from the credit union ATM to the barbershop and it was only 87°F (31C) so I thought I was going to be fine getting a haircut inside an air-conditioned shop. I was adequately hydrated because I was sweating like pigs don’t, completely drenched. But because of the apron covering my torso no air could get in to evaporate that sweat to cool me down. I got nauseous and had to take a bathroom break which didn’t help much because there was no air flow in the bathroom, either. But I eventually got my haircut, and it was a great haircut, and I look great in it. I suffered for that haircut, so I had better look fan-freaking-tastic in it.
Anyway I was still feeling the effects of the heat and the lack of sleep when I finally got home so I skipped lunch in favor of a short nap and lots of water. And even so I’m still doing the sleepy-time bob and weave as I compose this, so time for another shower and hitting the bed before 2200. You guys get two blog posts today, I get a story to tell, and then I get two naps to recover from it. and then I get to get up before sunrise tomorrow so I can maybe have another story to write about.
There is an event I want to attend near Casa de El Poeta, the Dallas event for the Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Tour. Hot Wheels were first introduced in the fall of 1968, but didn’t make it to the rural TN town I lived near until spring of ’69, and my first one was a red 1968 Mustang from that first run. I was already an avid Matchbox car collector, but now I had a new obsession that was to be fed by Hot Wheels and Johnny Lightning cars, which were similar but made by Topper toys instead of Mattel. Anyway that event takes place between 8 and 11 AM on Saturday.
Given that I’m normally falling asleep when I would need to be catching the bus to get to the party that calls for some drastic sleep cycle reset on my part. Which is why this is going to be a long day, or technically Thursday is going to be a long day. Yep, I’m staying awake until after sunset instead of my usual about sunrise. Seriously I’m usually dropping into slumber between 0600 and 0700, and I need to catch the bus at 0651 to get to the opening ceremony featuring the monkeys from Gas Monkey Garage at 0800. There will be a small car show (small in number) and some potential Hot Wheels cars (small in size), and of course the Gas Monkeys. But to get there I have to not sleep until 2200 tonight, which is going to be difficult. One thing that will help is I have lots of caffeine in the form of iced coffee and 2 liters of diet cola, and iced tea. You might have noticed a common thread in the beverages beyond caffeine, they’re all cold drinks. Hot drinks and weather together make me sleepy, so no hot beverages until close to bed time. One thing I’m going to take care of is shaving and getting a haircut. I’m overdue for shearing the locks because no matter how much product I put in my hair it just won’t assume the correct flat surface of the classic flattop haircut.
Next post will be after the haircut.