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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Fun. NOT!

Much of the east coast is experiencing temperatures upwards of a hundred degrees this week…except Florida, which bottomed out at a nippy ninety three degrees this afternoon. It’s hot, but Florida hot and Northern hot are two different hots. In Florida we’re used to the heat and humidity. We time everything just right in order to avoid getting sweaty. We go from our air conditioned houses to our air conditioned cars and then drive said cars to our air conditioned offices and stores. We exercise early in the morning (or early in the evening) when the angry sun has lost some of its fury. Basically we’re equipped for heat waves in the same manner Northerners are equipped for blizzards.

Up north most people don’t have a/c because it costs a fortune to install and run. They reason, “Why buy it if you’re only going to use it a few times a year?” Northerners have other things to spend their hard earned cash on, like, heating fuel, snow removal, winter clothing, and frozen pipes. So, they suck it up, and sweat it out, the old skool way…

Yankees are tough, scraping tender knuckles and cursing, as they pry stubborn windows open that have been puttied shut against the cold for months. Then installing screens… with slits and holes in them, creating easy access for opportunist mosquitoes on the hunt for tender sun-burnt flesh. They then place large boxy fans in screened windows, and re-scrape their already scraped knuckles.

Bedtime is a treat on a muggy northern night, especially if you have young children. First you get to wrestle with tormented toddlers, flushed red with heat and cherry Popsicles, finally getting them down three hours past their bed time. Then, snagging a Popsicle for yourself; you collapse from fatigue in the Dora the Explorer kiddy pool in the back yard, too weak to keep the dog from joining you…or sharing your Popsicle.

You finally make your way upstairs, where the heat rises, and the mosquitoes congregate. Tossing and turning, you lie naked and vulnerable, slapping yourself in the face as you attempt to kill the mosquito that keeps buzzzzzing in your ears. You bring the sheets over your head, but your breath is like a high voltage space heater, so you come up for air…and there’s that mosquito again. Finally you kick off the sheets, hoping that the mosquito fills up quickly, turn your sweaty pillow to the “cool” side for the fiftieth time, and drop off into a dead sleep.

The morning sun blazes a sizzling hello as you leave for work. You feel ready for your day. Your coffee is hot and your favorite song is playing. The torments of summer have been temporarily forgiven. You power your windows down and sing along as you ride. Hitting the interstate you notice papers blowing around in the back seat like one of those windy money booths. You try to drive as McDonald's napkins, empty Wal-Mart bags, and old newspapers dive bomb your head. Swatting the trash away, it accidentally gets sucked out of the car window. You watch, slack jawed, from your rear-view mirror, as it hits the vehicle behind you…which just happens to be a state trooper.

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Christine said... very true about us Yankees! I finally caved in and put the ac's in about 2 weeks ago. Now, I will just have to deduct some of my enormous electric bill from my snowplowing bill this winter! ;-)

Leah Griffith said...

Christine, I lived up there for 33 years without a/c...and I remember it well! LOL!! Congrats on the a/c, it does a body good;)

Jayne said...

Oh dear, I'm not one of those tough Yankees! We had a/c installed about five years ago, after a bad heatwave, and I'm so glad we did! But I still wait until it's pretty hot before turning it on--would much rather have all the windows open.

But up until then, it was exactly like you wrote it... right down to trash flying out of the car windows! (Because it also wasn't long ago that I got my first car equipped with a/c.)

Love your sponsor. ;)

Leah Griffith said...

Jayne, That a/c unit you bought is probably the envy of the neighborhood. When I lived up there we never had a/c, of course I never had a car that was current in the same decade I was living! Things have changed...thank heavens. This tough Yankee has gone soft;)

li said...

Wow, that brings back memeories of when I was a kid and no one had AC except supermarkets and movie theatres. I can remember getting up and lying on the bathroom floor (which was tiled) to try and sleep. Until the dog (a 90lb German Shepherd) would come in and join me, lying up against the bathtub and driving me out with his hot doggy breath.
I live up north, I have AC, and I love every second of it. But, if the truth is known - I prefer 100F heat to 0F and 4 feet of snow in winter.

Leah Griffith said...

Oh Li, that’s a great visual! There’s nothing worse than dog breath in your face! I had a German Shepherd too;)
I remember lying on the linoleum floor, and sometimes in the bath tub. If I lived up there now I would insist on a/c. And like you, I still prefer sweating to freezing. Freezing is painful.

Chris said...

So I see you have problems with mosquitoes, too. Dang those things to hell.

Leah Griffith said...

Chris, there is nothing more ANNOYING than a mosquito buzzing in your ear when you're trying to sleep.LOL! I've slapped my face red trying to kill the little buggers;)

Jen said...

I've had enough of the heat too. In fact I made a silent prayer to bring back winter, and Minnesota winters suck. It's going to be near 100 all week and still I can't justify the cost of running the a/c non stop.

Leah Griffith said...

Jen, In Florida our electic bills are low in the winter but in the summer they are off the charts. I still would rather be hot than cold, although in a perfect world I could summer in Seattle and winter in Florida;) I checked out your blog and it's fantastic! Thanks for stopping by.

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