Makulimlim: Muggy in New York

Written on the way to work on the Q88

Makulimlim.    That, I think, would best embody what “muggy” is.  The sky is a sheet of dirty white — not a speck of blue anywhere.  We’re supposed to hit the 70s only (Thank, God!) and there are thunderstorms sometime during the day.  That, plus the fact that the boss is out on a conference today and tomorrow (yipee!) made me dress casually.

Here in New York, we always check the weather forecast and plan our daily wardrobe and weekend activities around it.  Unlike in  Manila where most people make fun of the reliability of the weather forecast and have even made a comedy icon of popular weathermen like Amado Pineda and Ernie Baron, the weather is serious business in the big apple.

What’s it with the weathermen?  Two of my favorite weathermen here are Sam Champion and Dave Price.  Sam is deliciously handsome but is, unfortunately, not one of the so-called “fish in the ocean”.  (Read what you will into that!)  Dave Price is supposedly the eternal funny man who had such a following that when he “disappeared” from Fox 5 news, I found myself googling him and I discovered that he had transferred to rival network CBS 2.

While Amado Pineda and Ernie Baron don’t do their spiels wearing a suit, they were as credible to me.  I wonder whatever became of Amado Pineda of PAG-ASA.  Tito Ernie is still his “encyclopedic” self over at ABS-CBN.  (Unless he got pirated by the other network and I didn’t hear about it!)  I realize now how much of an impact they made on the Filipino psyche as comedians spoofed them and joke after joke perpetuated their popularity.

Imagine me thinking about them as I sit here on the bus, crawling my way through the Long Island Expressway to the R Train.  After ages of not watching them on TV, I can still see them in my mind’s eye, delivering the weather report in their own style.

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