I want to go home to L.A.
This is my third summer in Mazatlan. This is the third summer I’ve said I won’t spend another summer in this heat. This is the third summer I’ve stayed in this heat.
I’ve always been a summer gal. I love the heat as long as I have air conditioning in the house and the car. I have air conditioning in my apartment in Mazatlan. I don’t have a car anymore and don’t want one. I save a lot of money using my feet as transportation.
I’m no stranger to heat. I was born in the San Joaquin Valley of California in August. I think that’s why I’m a heat lover. I remember many summer days as a kid in Fresno, where the temperature reached 112 F. The waves of heat were visible on the streets.
People say, but that’s a dry heat, and that’s true. You fry during the summer in California. The intense sun stings your skin. I have more wrinkles on the left side of my face than on the right because the sun hit that side while driving.
It’s humid in Mazatlan, and you sweat a lot during the summer. I think it’s better than the dry heat because the sweat cools you off when a breeze comes up. If I had a car here, I would go from the air-conditioned house to the air-conditioned car. Nothing would stop me from running around town and going places whenever I wanted to. I don’t want a car even though I love to drive. Traveling by foot is better for the environment.
Something I dislike more than the heat without a car are the noseeums. Noseeums are bugs that bite you, and the bites itch like a flea or mosquito bite. They’re called noseeums because you can’t see them. They’re related to flies. They love me.
I get up in the morning and spray my whole body with OFF to keep the bugs from biting. When I get out of the shower, I spray all over with OFF. I buy a chemical in an aerosol can called Bayon. It’s for killing bugs. I go from room to room, spraying it in the air and closing the doors quickly to trap it inside. It gives me a headache.
So far, I don’t think I’ve killed any noseeums, but I’ll probably die soon.
No self-respecting mosquito would live in the heat of California. California has a very good mosquito abatement program, too. I don’t get bitten in…