Heat waving hello

June 9th, 2008

As those of you who live in Boston know from experience and as some of you may have heard, it is freaking HOT here in New England at the moment. Like, WAY hot. Intense hot. Clothes-are-soaked-after-a-relatively-short-walk hot. And as even casual acquaintances know, I love cold weather; the opposite is true for the opposite end of the temperature spectrum. But the air conditioners* are all installed and working, some nightswimming is on the docket, and (thank goodness) I don’t have to go anywhere. So it doesn’t matter too much that although the forecast high for today was 88 degrees (I was looking forward to cooler temperatures), the actual temperature reading at 12:25 PM was 97. (Ninety-seven.) (NINETY-SEVEN.)

And at least my hair has started behaving perfectly again. It had a few disciplinary problems the first few days back from Arkansas. I had to threaten it with cheap conditioner.

*The wannabe Spartan/environmentalist/cheapskate** in me thinks that running air conditioners is cheating and/or wasteful and/or for the weak. I’m working on being OK with sitting in an air-conditioned room while there are starving people in the world but I’m feeling vaguely guilty and wondering how much energy I’ll be wasting and what more important thing the energy could be used for. And how much our electric bill is going to jump. But I’m not, of course, feeling quite guilty enough to sleep without my a/c tonight. Sigh.

**Actually, the cheapskate isn’t such a wannabe.

2 Responses to “Heat waving hello”

  1. Dave on June 10, 2008 8:15 am

    Makes you wonder how the pioneers did it. Like seriously, long pants and shirts?

    That’s why I live in Missouri. We have a little saying here, ‘Move here now or walk here later.’ Thanks, but no walking for me. The power grid may fail and leave me without A/C, but at least I won’t have to go anywhere.

  2. Joanne on June 11, 2008 9:33 am

    Lucky you with the a/c!
    Our house registered 103 on my thermometer last night around the 7 o’clock hour.
    The power went off for several hours in the dead of the evening heat (with no merciful breeze coming through the windows) because so many people were running their a/c that the local transformer blew! I think I took three cold showers last night before it came back on and I could run my fan again!

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