When I first moved to Arizona, and indeed for the first 4 years we lived here, I didn't even know we had mosquitos here in Phoenix. One of the main draws of this place is that, unlike Virginia, where after dark if you talked at the same time you walked something would fly into your mouth, there weren't any bugs. I remember hot steamy Virginia nights, when I'd look up at a street lamp at night, and see millions of flying bugs. Here in Phoenix, I just assumed it was too hot during the summer for the critters to survive.
Turns out I'm wrong, and in a pretty deadly way. Arizona is the #1 place to catch the West Nile Virus, transmitted via mosquitos. Not only that, but the risk is pretty high right where we live. They're actually spraying just a few miles of here. Sheesh.
In blatant disregard of all this, I spent an hour at our community pool this morning. It's been a couple of years since either of us have been to our own pool, instead opting to go swim at a friend's house, or, for me, taking a humid dip at LA Fitness. But I've decided to start going in the early morning, right when it's unlocked at 0600. Hopefully the norm, there was no one their the entire time. I soaked a bit in the hot tub, and swam a few laps. I also like reading while sitting in the pool/hot tub. Very relaxing. And I was gone before the infernal sun even hit the pool, which was sweet.
Now if I could just not catch West Nile...