Wednesday, May 23, 2012
HEAT of Summer
So it's on it's way...The FUCKING HOT days of summer that I absolutely dread. It seems that this past winter we never really got much of a winter. A few cold cold days and then BOOM HOT HOT HOT.
I grew up in a house without central air, only central heat. We had a window unit and a ceiling fan in our living room and small fans throughout the house and they cooled us down even though our summers in northwest Florida averaged 89 or 90 on the average day. Our house pretty much maintained low 70s thanks to the fact it was well insulated and the brickwork kept it cool. Now, it seems hotter than it was when I was went I was younger and it takes a bit more effort to stay cool on hot days.
When I was little, I'd not think twice about running through the sprinkler, drenching myself with the garden hose or jumping in the neighbor's pool while they were out of town.
Back when I lived in Atlanta the first time (a few months in 1992) I never got hot and I never had to wear deodorant...I never really perspired and I didn't get stinky for some odd reason...No I just think of heat and I'm sweating buckets. I guess I was either used to the warm weather. Now that I lived in Georgia, many years later, it seems that I just can't get comfy. During the summer, I get up in the morning, shower, use a little powder and Anti Monkey Butt and deodorant because I not only don't want to stink but I also don't wanna sweat. I try to limit my activities to 1 small room in the house with my portable A/C unit or a fan. Around 2pm, showertime and another at 8 or 9pm.
I did get creative during this time, I tried to make A/C units using coolers, ice water, copper tubing and other items like I'd seen on instructables.com. Nothing was a success and I ended up more with messes rather than satisfaction.
Well, it's about time for Terry and I to recharge our A/C unit again and it seems that R-22 is now being phased out and the HVAC techs have realized they can charge more for it. Hopefully in the next few years, we'll either be out of this house or get our HVAC unit totally replaced.
A pool in the backyard would be FABULOUS but thanks to the fact we don't have it fenced in yet, we can't have one. Anyone out there wanna do me a favor and rectify that? Til then, I'll use the pool that I've been using for the past few years. (wink wink)
So what do you do to stay cool?
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