Jun 11, 2011

20 The Heat Is On & The Clothes Comes Off & The Lights Go Out

tatooed backSummer heat is here and the clothes is coming off. People are wearing as little as possible and some of it is frightening. This is the season for “Skanky Wear.” As people show off their tattooed bodies instead of clothing, some of it is like comedy relief from the heat.

blingbling earringAnother aspect of summer is the fashionistas or so they call their selves. People tend to be very ahhhh…for lack of a better word creative? the elaborate bling bling earrings come out the rainbow hair colors, weaves, wigs and futuristic hairstyles.

Soon the sweltering heat will descend upon us. It will be so hot the asphalt will get soft and gooey. The air will be so oppressive and the humidity so thick you will feel like you are licking the asphalt. They “the metheologist” are promising a blistering summer. I am not looking forward to it. I hate the oppressive air-sucking humidity that robs you of your breath, yuck. During the nasty muckiness if one were to encounter a lizard it would just watch you cross eyed while it is laid out in protest of moving.

Last July 2010 most of Toronto (T.O) was in a blackout! It was a power outage due to some blowout plunging most of T.O in darkness. Trains were down, traffic lights were not working and traffic was a nightmare. Police had to resorted to old school traffic directing, a dangerous tasks as there is always a fool with a license too ignorant to wait and will opt to plough through the chaotic traffic because they are too impatient to sit it out.

People had to walk to the nearest working subway station which was miles away and walking in the sweltering smoggy humidity was no small feat. Tired, drained and listless people became impatient, transit tried there best to accommodate the unaccustomed crowds minus the usual ebb and flow normalcy. Pushing and shoving became normal mode of functioning as people adapted the survival of the fittest attitudes and squeezed, shoved, cussed and ram their way into buses and trains in an effort to get home and away from the oppressive heat.

The last time this happened I think it was 2003 and my oldest daughter was caught in it. I was terrified because I was home sick that day from work but she was volunteering there. Luckily for me my colleagues took care of her. They called me to let me know she is all right as they all walked for miles to get to the nearest subway their moods and attitudes deteriorated as tiredness descended upon them. My daughter had the time of her life, she thought it was a cool adventure and the adults around her ask her to put lid on her cheerfulness as they were becoming irritated with her perkiness. She had fun. I thanked God neither of my children was caught in the nightmare in 2010 because when you do not live in the heart of the city itself the commute home is nothing short of catastrophic. The use of that word might sound dramatic but that in a nutshell it is what it feels like.

All joking aside I am noticing a trend of blackouts and this concerns me. I think I will have to apply some of my natural life skills inherent from living in the Caribbean so I am not left stranded with no means of surviving until power is restored.

This year I’ll keep try and keep you posted on the hairstyles, bling blings and tattoos…..


  1. Eeeeek – what a nightmare! I can only imagine the frustration and horror. BTW – judging from those photos, I am assuming you were somewhere near the circus – I thought the freaks only come out at night?!

  2. Wow! Sounds really bad! We had the same thing happen here in Detroit back in 2004 (I believe it lasted for about 4 days). I know how scary it can be without power, I hope things are well with you and yours. My cousin told me that she drove through a really bad storm from Winsor to TO on Thursday night, she was really scared, but they made it just fine. I hope your power comes back on soon!

  3. Just curious? Is that a guy or a girl? I want the earrings…Fabulous!!!!

  4. Blessings Ms. Rhapsody, Teehee! When clothes come off in Canada it probably is the start of the comedy relief tour from the heat. I have this vision of cut off hockey shirts? When it is hot up there surely it is a state of emergency. Thanks for continuing to be a blog bud through all the changes. Have a wonderful weekend. Greg

  5. Indian summers take a lot out of people here too but kids, they have a ball…playing cricket/soccer all day long and taking breaks to glug down ice cold lemonade and juices :)Hope the power returns soon and saves all from the heat n humidity.

  6. That sounds gastly quite frankly, far from the hot days at the lake swiming and sunbathing in my distant memory.Hugs from a cool Alaska

  7. Sounds like T town was just the place to be today. With the Royals visiting as well I bet traffic was a nightmare already even if signals were working. It sounds like normalcy may be slowly returning. Good luck on the morning commute! Oh yes, sorry about the heat. We’ve had a little reprieve for the last 4 days. Hi temps in the low 80′s F and lows in the low 70′s F. Hey, we had to send the hot stuff somewhere!

  8. Hi Rhapsody,
    We have also suddenly lost electricity then I can't go to bed because my mattress needs electrity to keep going.
    Keep your trini spirit going.

  9. Back in Chennai we do have power cuts scheduled and unscheduled almost daily but not so scary as you have described.I hope it is not a recurring phenomenon in your place.

  10. Not looking forward to the blistering heat, but I do enjoy people watching and the crazy fashions that come out during the summer season. We've already had two power outages this spring and I suspect we'll have at least two to three more before the summer is over.

  11. The clothes have been off here for awhile as we have had quite a bit of hot weather. Not a pretty sight!

  12. those earrings caught my eyes to although they do look like something which belongs on the drapes in a Palace...I have a necklace to match those LOL.
    It seems that heat brings out impatience and anger in people. Where you live there is that humidity too! That is the worst in my opinion for breathing.
    Funny lady let me thank you for stopping by my place and leaving a comment. :)
    Enjoy your weekend... Caribbean style hah!

  13. You should try living in the Deep South during the summer. Also, how much do those earrings weigh? I don't know if I could hold my head up with those dangling from my ears.

  14. Rhapsody dear, this happens all the time where I live - Chennai! Every day when we are at work the power goes off by about 11AM. The generator gives way by 1 PM and we sit there sweating until 4PM and then when the power comes complete our work and rush home - depending on where we stay we might find ourselves again in a power cut...! So we dont cook anything that reqiures a microwave or any electrical appliance sticking instead to the good old stove!!!

  15. Lol. This post is fun, yet true! The weather over here is also becoming hot. Even though it can be bipolar at times. Hehe. And yeah, when the weather becomes extremely hot and hard to bear, people start wearing less and less clothes. Lol. The funny thing is that most of them think dressing that way is sexy or whatever. It's not that you shouldn't dress to suit the weather. But, we should try to dress modest in whatever weather we find ourselves in. By dressing indecently we might attract the wrong attention; something we didn't wanna attract.

    Well, that's my thought about this post for now. Stay blessed.


  16. We are so used to blackouts and heat in Nigeria. It is not a new thing at all. But we keep our clothes on. lol

  17. Some people have no shame. Some people are just exhibitionists. As far as I'm concerned the best seasons are spring and fall.

  18. The tattooed on young girls bodies that is ashame
    to have one then it is very popularity in here too.
    Some younger woman wearing it almost night dress to walking the city road.
    Only I can thinking of that because different generation:-)
    This morning I was here to post comments and not succeed but hopefully tonight is okay?

  19. LOL at those pictures! Blackouts getting more frequent? Better stock up on those survival gear then!


  20. i couldn't help staring at the pictures! *blank stare* ...as in seriously?....this freedom of expression is been abused ..hahahahaha...the heat..asphalt going gooey? now, i always thought Africa experience the wrost heat ever? got to show how little i know my geography!..hehehehe.. blackouts?...ma;am. please go AFRICAN on them...GET YOUR KEROSENE LATERN, TORCH LIGHTS & PRESERVE FOOD BY DRYING THEM UNDER THE SUN,,,,, Take care.


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