July 20, 2005

Right Here, Right Now

Can I just say that going two days without AC in 102 degree heat, making the house a refreshing 91, has made me so appreciate living in this century?

Posted by Rae at July 20, 2005 09:38 AM

Ah, that fine desert living.

Posted by: Altar Girl at July 20, 2005 10:05 AM

I can honestly say I know how you feel!!! Up until a few weeks ago I was in the same postion.Thank god for my husband and fixing the problem rather quickly. I must say the only nice thing about not having ac was the 5 pounds I lost due to sweat!!!

Posted by: sally at July 20, 2005 01:52 PM

Rae: This is the usual state of things in our country (i.e., no air conditioner whatsoever and temperatures around the 100 F in summer).

Here are some suggestions for bearing it:

Build with thick adobe or solid brick walls.

Open all of your windows at night, and keep'em closed at day.

Have LOTS of cold water to drink. Avoid anything that has sugar like the plague. Eat salads and light dishes. The point is, avoid any excess calories.

Have portable fans ready.

Wear cotton clothes -- especially the underwear.

Well, hope this helps for the next time your A.C. equipment fails. Believe me, America is the only country that can take air conditioning for granted. In other parts of the world, and even in America in past years, that was not the case... and yet, people managed to live and to work.


Posted by: Eduardo at July 25, 2005 06:35 PM

You are right, Eduardo. I experienced this first-hand on a mission trip to Haiti. However, I do think that it is always harder to go from feast to famine, than famine to feast.

Posted by: Rae at July 28, 2005 12:48 PM

A dry heat is the easiest.

Posted by: R at July 28, 2005 08:24 PM

R: how true. Humid heat (like our summers down here) can be almost unbearable.

Posted by: Eduardo at July 31, 2005 06:51 PM
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