Funny travel story You're in the Desert 16 Ways of Knowing You're in the Desert 1. You no longer associate bridges (or rivers) with water. 2. You can say 110 degrees without fainting. 3. You eat hot chilies to cool your mouth off. 4. You can make instant sun tea. 5. You learn that a seat belt makes a pretty good branding iron. 6. The temperature drops below 95, you feel a bit chilly. 7. You discover that in July, it takes only 2 fingers to drive your car. 8. You discover that you can get a sunburn through your car 9. You notice the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance. 10. Hot water now comes out of both taps. 11. It's noon in July, kids are on summer vacation, and not one person is out on the streets. 12. You actually burn your hand opening the car door. 13. You break a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m. before work. 14. No one would dream of putting vinyl upholstery in a car or not having air conditioning. 15. Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?" 16. You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.