21 November 2007

A Long Hot Summer

"One can only hope that Santa has an air-conditioned sleigh, otherwise he is going to be reeking really bad in that fur lined red cloak!....Suddenly, you notice a passenger standing up holding onto a rail with armpit raised"

Even though it’s not quite summer here in Sydney, it is certainly starting to feel like it.

Already the temperatures are rising, and the nights are getting sticky (and that’s not because Justin Timberlake was in town recently he he he). This year it seems that the humidity has started earlier than normal, as we don’t often experience that humid, clammy feeling until January at the earliest.

So for the vast majority of people living in Sydney, we can expect perspiration to be the order of the day for the next three months. One can only hope that Santa has an air-conditioned sleigh, otherwise he is going to be reeking really bad in that fur lined red cloak! With the possibility of reindeer droppings, the mind boggles as to what the combined smell would be like.

One of the certainties of the warmer months in Sydney, even more certain than mosquito bites and sunburn, is the rise in body odour. In fact, the first noticeable sign of this is when you are catching public transport while travelling to and from the CBD.

What happens quite often, is that you will be sitting on a train, ferry or bus totally engrossed in your book or trash mag (in my case, being a male, it is a classic rock magazine) when all of a sudden your nose detects an unusual smell. Instinctively, your head moves to the direction of where it thinks it has originated from. Suddenly, you notice a passenger standing up holding onto a rail with armpit raised right next to your seat. As if by magic, the smell continues to waft over you until you exit your mode of transportation. By now you are desperate for fresh clean air!

To compound this further is the fact that virtually all the trains that I seem to catch are not air conditioned in the warmer months. I find this very strange, as in winter I always seem to catch an air conditioned one – which is the time of year when you don’t really need it! My view is that most air-con trains must go on a summer sabbatical to cooler climes. This being the only obvious reason for their lack of appearances across the city in summer.

So, dear reader, spare a thought for us Sydneysiders who rely on public transport to get to work, school, Britney Spears concerts etc and having to inhale a variety of nauseating body odours.

Roll on the cooler months!!!!

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