Got up and got going this morning. Had a job to go finish but also had something to do before that. My neighbor who I just finished a deck for was having a concrete crew come over and pour a patio slab underneath the deck that I just completed. I kind of wanted to be there while they did the job. He called me last night and told me that they were going to be there today to do it. Knowing how hot it was going to be today I figured that they may have put it off for a few days. But he said that they were planning on getting an early start and they should be done before the heat got too bad. Well they showed up and were working by about 7:00.
I went over there at about 7:20 and they were busy with shovels and such while they prepped the area and formed it up. I kept thinking how uncomfortable it already was outside at 7:30 a.m. As the hour got later, the heat was already rising. I kept thinking how miserable it was getting to be and it wasn't even 10:00 yet. They started the pour by about 9:15 and they were completely done and finishing by 10:30. They busted their butts, did a GREAT job and were cleaned up and out of there by 11:30.
I headed home, hooked up the trailer and headed over to do that job. While hooking up the trailer I started griping again about how hot and miserable it was getting to be and it wasn't even noon yet. I was just about to the job when I stopped to pick up something to drink to stay hydrated. It was nice and cool in the truck with the A/C blasting but when I shut the truck off and stepped out to go into the store, the oppressive heat smacked me in the face immediately when I opened the door. Here we go again, another miserable walk from the truck to the nice air conditioned convenience store to pick up refreshments.
Right at that moment, for some reason a thought popped into my head. I thought about my nephew who is stationed in Iraq. I thought about how he's been there for a while and he deals with this crap EVERY DAY and he's got to deal with people shooting at him and trying to kill him at every chance they get.
At that point I decided to QUIT WHINING and just DEAL WITH IT. I've got it MUCH easier here than he and all of the other service men and women have over there in Iraq! It is uncomfortably hot right now and it's supposed to continue for a little while longer, but I feel LUCKY to only have to deal with a little bit of heat and how I can fairly easily escape it for a while and cool off. I wish it were so easy for our military people.
Thank you again to all of you who put yourself in harms way to protect us!