Friday, July 10, 2015

Air Conditioning, Please

One thing I miss is air conditioning (a/c). Especially this past week when it got as hot as 39 Celsius (102.2 F). Yeah, it got hot. Many people do not have a/c in their homes and even when they do,they rarely run them. And if they run them, it never gets what I call cold. I emailed my sister in Texas telling her how hot it was and she replied that she at that moment was sitting in an office building freezing because of the a/c. I miss that. Yes, in Texas, you actually need to wear a jacket indoors due to the air conditioning but we wouldn't have it any other way.
I love sleeping with the a/c turned down to 68F (20C). Love it. Here, this would cause sickness or death. Well maybe not death, but they do believe that drafts and such will make you ill. Sorry?
At least the car has air conditioning but again, it doesn't get that cold partially because the windows are not tinted and whatever they use as freon doesn't throw down ice like it should.
You know how when you get inside a car on a hot day and cut the a/c on full blast and put your face right up to the vent? That's considered weird here. Risky behavior.Same with sitting in front of the osculating fan.
One time when we had visitors outside for a visit, I placed the fan directly on us so to cool us off. Immediately everyone covered their ears and had looks of pain on their faces. My cue to take the fan away. Which I did and couldn't imagine how hurting ears trumped the humid, hell-like heat smothering the breath out of you. ( applying the ABC's I learned in nursing school: Airway,Breathing,Circulation)
I really do respect their feelings about the a/c and wind and drafts and chills. I am not making fun of it. I'm just sayin'. Growing up, our parents and grandparents had no problem with letting the little ones put their sweaty little faces on top of the a/c vents and fans and even let us fight over whose turn it was. That kind of raisin' is impossible to delete.
So how do I tolerate the hot days? Turn off the lights. Pull the curtains. Run the fan, but keep it far away from others in the room. If no one else is in the room, set that baby directly in front of me.
 A wet washcloth helps to cool the face and neck, especially nice when the fan is directly in front. Don't move a muscle. In fact, take a nap to sleep through the hottest part of the day. Turn off the computers and TV if not being used. It actually will bring down the temp a tad to do this. And pray. Because this morning, nature turned on the a/c for me. It was sweet.