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It’s all in what you’re used to…

…when it comes to hot weather.

todaysweatherMy wife and I lived in houses without air conditioning when we were growing up. Her north Georgia house finally go A/C after she had long-since moved out; my north Florida house got A/C when I was in college. When hot weather came, we turned on the fans, sat on the front porch and drank iced tea, hers with sugar and mine with lemon.

Our A/C unit was limping along at the end of last week and finally quit on Sunday. Sunday’s the most popular day of the week for stuff breaking down. Fortunately, the temperature got down into the high 60s last night, so we were finally able to get some cooler air in the house.

Nonetheless, our cats acted like the A/C breakdown was our fault.

Okay, I know people are living in places where the daily temps are always over 100. I don’t want to hear about it. They’re used to it. Plus, my DNA was probably altered by the fact I was born across the bay from foggy and usually cool San Francisco. When I was a kid, 88 wasn’t too bad.

But, years of soft living with A/C, have conditioning me to need ten degrees cooler–if not more. I’m a winter person in spite of growing up in the land of hurricanes, alligators and hot weather.  So, until the repairman arrives this afternoon with a replacement part for the unit, I’m not a happy camper even though I’m not actually camping. To add insult to injury, iced tea now gives me heartburn.

Maybe we’re all just getting older. (You may want to write that down.) Maybe 88 degrees is hotter now than it was fifty years ago. Maybe it’s global warming and the weathermen have inflated the temps to keep up and it’s really 120 in the shade outside.

If worse comes to worse, I suppose we could go sit in the car with the A/C up on high.

TSStitleTo segue to another sun-related subject, Second Wind Publishing will be releasing my novel The Sun Singer this week in e-book and paperback editions. That’s cool news after the novel has been out of print for a year. I’m looking forward to the new edition.



  1. Sorry about the A/C, and good luck with the repairs. I’m also a winter person and this summer seems, to me, to be much hotter than the weatherman says it is.

    August 4, 2014
    • They should have it repaired by the end of the afternoon. Meanwhile, drinking 7-Up.

      August 4, 2014
  2. chellecordero #

    LOL, I adore your humor. We’ve pretty much given up on our central air which is no-zone regulated so areas that are not very populated freeze regularly and the busier areas where we could use extra cooling remain warmer; obviously it isn’t efficient to freeze some rooms. Instead we found high efficiency small window units in 3 upstairs rooms (high ranch) with thermostat control keep us very comfortable and dry (the humidity is much, much worse than the temp around here).

    August 4, 2014
    • Thank you, Chelle. Haven’t used a window unit for years. Some were monsters in size and could cool quite well.

      August 4, 2014
  3. It has been very hot here too, since early July. Fortunately ice tea is still good to me. And yes, temperatures over 70 feel much hotter than they used to. Strange too, when the house is at 64 in the morning it feels really, really good. If it did that in winter, we would be freezing.

    August 4, 2014
    • We’ve noticed, too, that the low temps we enjoy in the summer aren’t that great in the Winter. Not sure why.

      August 4, 2014

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