Just another steamy and sultry September day …


Whew!! For the second morning in a row, it felt a mite tropical out there, and, there really was no joy in going out for the morning trek, just for the sake of getting it done.

When I left the house this morning, it was 76 degrees, with a humidity reading of nearly 100 percent.

Today is the second day of school, and the traffic was much busier than yesterday, as I suspect many of the schools just had a half day Monday. The big yellow busses were rolling down the street, leaving behind diesel fumes that could choke a horse – yup, the wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round as we settle into the September routine.

But, not all kids take the bus, so some parents, with their kids in tow, were still scurrying out of the house to jump in the vehicle to get on the road, with everyone still in “Summer mode” and the morning regimen not quite meshing yet. This means that I must pay special attention to frantic parents, trying to get their young ones to school before the school bell rings, and themselves to the workplace timely.  I am constantly perusing the driveways that are ahead of me, for cars that might back out on a dime … many times I know the drivers do not see me coming and they are buckling up, looking back over their shoulder at their kids, sipping coffee, checking their phone … believe me … swiveling their head to the left just doesn’t happen all the time.  Then, after they notice me, I get the sheepish look and a mouth formed in a perfect “O”, like “Oh my gosh – I never even saw you!”

I heard that the Detroit school system dismissed some students mid-day due to the heat in the classroom. I know that back in my days at Huff Junior High School, and even Lincoln Park High School, we had no amenities like A/C, or even fans, and, I clearly remember suffering through a few wicked hot June days when the temps soared and we were in an old classroom that felt like a sauna.  If we were lucky, depending on where our last name fell in the alphabet, especially if there was assigned seating, we kids would hope for a desk close by the window to at least get a breeze.  We had a dress code at Huff Junior High – no pants for girls, but minis were the style, so at least, as to the girls anyway, our legs weren’t too awfully hot.  At the high school, the dress code was “anything goes”, but we did not get to wear shorts and tee-shirts back in the early 70s.

Hopefully a cooling trend is on the way …

[Image by Kaz on Pixabay]

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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4 Responses to Just another steamy and sultry September day …

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda………………………..I felt hot reading your blog today!……………………..the humidity was how high?


    • lindasschaub says:

      Whew! Ann Marie … that humidity was nearly 100% and today just as bad … while I really enjoyed the snow-free and mild Winter last year, we are paying the price with this hot Summer. I think they are promising some relief for this Sunday … if we can wait that long. 🙂


  2. Marge Aubin says:

    It’s been very warm the past few days but I don’t want to give up to fall. The school busses signaled September is here. So I guess its about to happen some cooler days are coming.


    • lindasschaub says:

      Marge – If we can only hold out to Sunday and Monday … the brief respite before the heat and humidity resurface AGAIN. This morning was unbelievable and the fog … and as you wrote me in the separate e-mail, the humidity outside just oozed through the house here too, in fact, I swear I thought the carpeting looked like it was buckling. Years ago, we had a power outage for an entire week. It was sickening hot that week, just like the past few days. No fans or A/C on and the carpeting was starting to buckle in some spots.


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