a.k.a. "The Oscar Messenger"

Posts tagged ‘Heat Wave’

New York Heat Wave Continues. No End in Sight. “Double Indemnity” never fails.

I went out early, and it was OK. Like 9-10am. But by one-two, it was already unbearably oppressive. One DOES have to go out to the store, sometimes. But it’s best advised to all and sundry. STAY IN.

Did not notice that I had worn white athletic socks, which actually, though the right color for a heat wave of this type, white, they were really tooooo thick to be comfortable. AT ALL.

I returned to remove them as quickly as possible and I noticed just how hot my feet felt! Like OVENS! Wearing a lighter sock would do the trick, I think, and the color isn’t important. It’s the weight of the sock.

Your feet actually sort of dictate your body heat I’ve noticed over the years. And walking one long NYC block in this heat wave is dangerous.

But then cabin fever sets in, as there is really no alternative on a Sunday.

How many times this week have I watched “Double Indemnity”??? It’s a great film, a masterpiece, and I love it, but now I’ve even RE-listened to the Special Features TWICE and they are very interesting and well done by Richard Schickel and then a second one by Len Dobbs and a Mr. Redmayne who very well may be Eddie Redmayne’s posh film expert father. He sounded a bit like Eddie…

And of course, the film is a masterpiece. And if one is going to watch something over and over again in these trapped situations, it might as well be a masterpiece.

And Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson and Barbara Stanwyck are all at their career best, directed by Billy Wilder.

E.T.A. It was the first of what we now call the Film Noir genre, which I love. It didn’t even have a name then. All those Venetian blinds throwing those shadows over everyone and every thing, and you just can’t believe that Barbara Stanwyck could be that Fatal – But SHE IS! The Fatelest of Femme Fatales! It’s a masterpiece. I could watch it forever. And probably will.

New York Suffering Through ANOTHER Heat Wave!

This is the third day that feels like it’s over 100 degrees. They say it’s 91, plus that heat index, especially for midtown Manhattan is plus 10 more. The streets are heated here. Great for the winter because the snow melts so quickly, but in the summer, SHEESH!

There was only one day like this last week. Wednesday. I remember that day particularly since…well…more on that later…I hope…

It’s like you take your life in your hands every time you just step outdoors, which basically you shouldn’t do.

You have to get everything done early in the AM, which is bearable, before it heats up. But now around 2pm and later, til sunset….LOOK OUT!

Wear light-colored clothing. White if possible, and always bring at least ONE bottle of water. Loose fitting clothing. A hat. An umbrella even, which deflects the sun, but again, a light-colored umbrella.

I find myself ducking into doorways of air-conditioned stores on my way to my latest destination.

Everyone in these treacherous climes, take care!

I wish I was in Provincetown NOW, where it is probably gorgeous! It was freezing when I was there. More on that later, too…

Heat Wave in New York continues. Dangerous to even go outside!

The stiflingly hot record heat wave continues to suffocate New York City, and most of the rest of the country, making it too hot to even go outside. Just stuck therefore INSIDE, where the air-conditioning is.

I can’t ever remember it being so hot that going outdoors was dangerous. It must’ve been over 110 degrees in the part of town I live it. The last time I was able to go out, and live to talk about it was several days ago when it was ONLY in the 90s.

The air was like breathing poison. The pollution of a thickness it was almost liquid. You could smell it and taste it. Awful.

Have had to cancel nearly all appointments.

I did however see TWO movies at Press Screenings on Thursday, the last time I ventured out. “The Whistleblower” and “Gun Hill Road” both of which I thankfully liked. So it was worth the trek through the crowded mid-town streets.

But yesterday, Friday, and now today, Saturday, it’s just frighteningly hot. Even crossing the street seems impossible.

The power grid, as they keep referring to it on the TV, is pushed to the max. The TV weather says it’s “ONLY” in the 90s today. Ugh! I’m a prisoner of Zenda, as the old saying goes.

I’m reading David McCollough’s entrancing “The Greater Journey” about the Americans who traveled to Paris in 1830-1900 and the immense impact Paris had on their lives. LOVE IT!

And am preparing via email and phone for my own great annual journey to the Montreal Film Festival in about a month or less. It’s earlier this year, which means I’ll be going to Montreal and then coming back to New York. Then having a break from I head to the Toronto Film Festival in September.

I keep projecting forward, thinking of those wonderful COOLER places in Canada, where I’ve gone now for 12 straight years. CAN NOT WAIT! Wish I was in Canada NOW! It’s got to be cooler up there, right?

This heat seems never-ending.

Heat Wave in New York today! Ugh! Tomorrow, James McAvoy of “X-Men” Yay!

Ok, it’s going to go into the 90s again today in New York City! I have been reluctant to write about just how bad the heat gets here, because heat effects me greatly. The cold, not so much. Guess I’m a true Celt in that sense. With an ethnic background of Irish-English-Scottish-German, I’ve always been better in cooler climes and weather. And New York in the summer is a bummer

Me, I prefer the blizzard we had this winter. Worst winter in NYC in my memory and I hope this summer doesn’t match last summer which was a 90 degree heat wave through almost all of July and August!

I got drenched by stupidly misjudging the rain one day on my way to tape my Tony show. You can see it here www.youtube.com/StephenHoltShow

I was soaked, then had to sit in the air-conditioning for four hours or more at the lovely Bombay Palace Restaurant while we were filming. Then got sick from it and developed what was probably Walking Pneumonia.

I wonder if people realize how strenuous it is to keep doing a weekly TV show? Esp. when you’re sick.

Also for the first mega-heat wave last week, which lasted five days, I didn’t have any air-conditoner. I thought I was going to die. And got sicker. But fortunately, I went to the doctor, got the right antibiotics AND a brand-new air-conditioner and am fine now.

The doctor said “Rest and lots of liquids” so basically what that amounts to in New York is staying IN ALL DAY. Or at least til the Sun begins to set.

I’m getting ready to do Editfest this weekend, which is this really neat two-day festival of all Editors, mostly film, but TV, too, talking about Editing.

As someone who does a weekly show, I have a new mantra “You can never know enough editors!”

Fortunately, it doesn’t begin til after the heat wave is supposed to be over. But we’ll see. I basically don’t trust the weather men, anymore. They almost always seem to get it just a bit WRONG. So I hope this heat wave will be over by Friday. And Editfest.

I’m interviewing James McAvoy via Satellite tomorrow. I think he’s in London. For “X-men: First Class” which is very exciting, esp. since I liked and actually SAW the movie!

This franchise will put James in the multi-millionaire category. Where he belongs. And he’s so good in this film, too. Never your typical leading man, he’s so right for the good guy, Professor Xavier. Can’t wait for that moment!

Tag Cloud

%d bloggers like this: