Notes from Newcastle — Summertime blues

July 2, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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While most of the region’s residents patiently endure the constant Northwest rain with the knowledge that at the end of the long, grey tunnel sits one prize of a summer, some strange individuals silently voice their displeasure with the sunny months.

“It’s too hot,” they say. “I miss my rain,” they lament. “Where are the clouds?” they ask.

They justify their aversion to summer weather by slowly repeating PEMCO’s “We’re a lot like you, a little different” mantra. “There must be others like me,” they insist, though they’re never quite sure.

They most closely identify with the insurance company’s “First Snowflake Freakout Lady,” only replace snowflake with “90-degree day” and you’ve got yourself a winner.

Every summer, they promise to install an air conditioner in their homes, while they drudge on in stuffy houses with just box fans. When fall returns, though, they proceed to talk their way out of it, telling themselves there’s no reason to buy a unit they’ll use for just a few months. It’s a never-ending cycle.

They moved to the Northwest from a sunny state, possibly California or Arizona. When friends and family ask if they’ll ever move back, they say, “I can’t. It’s too hot.”

Fear not, though, Newcastle offers a few things to do for the summer-weather weary.

Go to the library — There is arguably no better way to escape the sun’s gaze, than to curl up with a nice book in an air-conditioned atmosphere. The Newcastle Library is so much more than a cool place to hang out, though. It also offers programs and events for all ages. Might we suggest stopping by July 25 for Newcastle resident Italene Gaddis’ concert?

It’s time for zoëyogurt — When a cool, yogurt-filled cup is in your hands, you’ll almost forget the thermometer reads 90 degrees outside. Don’t leave Newcastle without a stop at locally owned zoëyogurt where a vast, dizzying topping bar awaits.

Take shelter under a tent — It will still be warm, but at least you won’t feel the sun’s rays when you take shelter under the Newcastle Fruit & Produce’s red-and-white tent. Since you’re there, you might as well pick up a basket, or two, of juicy strawberries.

See, there are a lot of things that summer-weather detractors can do while they patiently wait for the rain, wind and clouds to return.

And now that another summer has returned, I — I mean, “they” — will catch a flick, grab some ice cream and appreciate the sunshine, fully secure in, and relieved by, the fact that it’s only temporary in the big, beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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