I woke up this morning with a pounding headache and a sensation in my throat akin to having a barbed wire fence dragged through my thorax, and so decided to take the day off school. My headache is subsiding somewhat now, and as I have a SPB to work on and a geography coursework extension to plead for, as soon as this post is finished I’m going for a shower and dragging myself to school for half a day.
As I lay in bed this morning debating whether or not it would be worth downing a large amount of Ibuprofen and hoping for the best, it struck me how crap summers are.
Everything boils down to the length of the days, and the unnatural heat. During autumn or winter it is possible to wrap up warm, put the fire on, or wrap a blanket round you. You can wear as much or as little as you like – a t-shirt, a shirt, a jumper, a coat… even just shorts and a vest if you’re prepared to turn the heating up. In the summer there is no such flexibility – anything in excess of two layers makes you feel like you’re going to die in the heat, perhaps of a condition where your brain melts through your nostrils.
Yes, it is possible to stay relatively cool in the summer – but its so much work compared to keeping warm in winter. I don’t want to wear shorts, I want to wear combats or jeans. I don’t want to wear a t-shirt, I want to wear a t-shirt, a shirt, and a trenchcoat. I don’t want to wear ickle pumps, I want to wear full-length boots. What’s more fun? Attempting to keep cool and being immensely restricted, or wearing whatever you like and being pestered by your girlfriend to wrap her up in your arms and keep her cosy?
The heat and the long day length don’t make meeting up with your girlfriend all that it could be. You spend a day moaning about the heat, and feeling like death and not doing anything. You go to the cinema, and it’s still light when you come out. You go to a gig, and its light the whole time you’re there. Whats that about? It’s not the most romantic of conditions.
Oh well, its good for some things I guess. My throat seems OK now, and the painkillers are starting to take effect. Time for a shower.