“God, it was hot! Forget about frying an egg on the sidewalk; this kind of heat would fry an egg inside the chicken.”

I never did get to the garden center yesterday because Gracie and I went to the dump. She saw me bringing trash to the car despite my stealthiness and got quite excited at the prospect of going to one of her favorite places. I couldn’t disappoint her so off we went. When I got home, I sat for a bit and that small break drained me of any ambition. It was around two, and I was sitting on the couch reading and sweating because yesterday afternoon was about 84˚. Why in the heck am I sweating thought I so up I got to turn on the air-conditioner. The house was so hot it took until early evening before it was comfortably cool. This morning I went outside to see if I could turn off the air. Nope!

I had no milk or cream so Gracie and I went to Dunkin’ Donuts. She enjoyed her morning ride and I got my coffee. We are both happy with the start of our day.

I don’t remember being hot when I was young. I remember cold, but the memory of heat escapes me. We walked from one end of town to the other to go to the pool, and I remember carrying my towel and bathing suit in both directions. On the way home the wet bathing suit was wrapped in the towel. I remember walking up the huge hill on the way to the square, but I don’t remember the rest of the walk. I remember tired but not hot. At night, the air was sometimes stifling in my bedroom, but I always fell asleep anyway. It was the exhaustion of a kid in summer.

We didn’t have air-conditioning. Nobody did. We didn’t even have a fan that I remember. My mother pulled down all the shades in the house to keep it cooler. We were moles every summer.

When I lived in Ghana, some days I minded the extreme heat. I’d sit in my chair, and when I got up, the imprint of my body was in an outline of sweat on the cushions. Candles melted sideways without being lit. That’s how hot it got in the Upper Region. I didn’t have a fan then either, never even thought of buying one. I just got used to the heat as best I could. In my mind it was just part of the experience of being a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa.

Every night I’d take my cold shower, no hot water, but the first water from the pipes was always hot, warmed by the sun, and I’d wash my hair quickly. The rest of me endured the cold water. I always took my shower just before I went to bed. I had learned not to dry myself off so I could air dry once I got into bed. It was like I was my own air-conditioner. I think the Peace Corps calls that adapting.

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32 Comments on ““God, it was hot! Forget about frying an egg on the sidewalk; this kind of heat would fry an egg inside the chicken.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I don’t recall being hot or cold when I was a kid. Well, cold perhaps on a walk home from grammar school in one very nasty sleeting, blowing snow storm that was totally unexpected and for which I was inadequately dressed. But no other time.
    The local theatre was the only place that had air conditioning. It had a big banner hanging from the marquee that promised 20º cooler inside. By the time we had trudged uptown along the hot, sunny roadways any degrees cooler inside felt wonderful.
    My air conditioner has bit the dust after many years use. I need a lighter weight one anyway because I can’t wrestle the old one into the window any more. I guess that will be on the errand list if I ever get enough energy to move anywhere today. 🙂
    Enjoy the warmth. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I also tried to hunt down that song but with no success.

      It was the walking to and from school I remember as really cold. We had to go by a huge field where the wind just whipped at us and froze us as we walked.

      I know our theater got air as well, but I don’t remember when. It was worth it to go on a really hot afternoon. Just recently, before I got air, I went to the local theater for the same reason.

      I have one in my bedroom which sounds like your old one. It works but I want a quieter, newer one which doesn’t weigh a ton.

      I’m enjoying the cool house!

  2. olof1 Says:

    I actually remember being hot one time when I was a kid. It was on a scout camp and the bigger scouts were mean to us younger and we were out in the forest getting bitten by mosquitoes and the sun just kept on shining 🙂 I left the scouts after that camp 🙂 🙂

    It’s unsually wrm here too but we reached 75 as warmest today, the weekend will be mostly rainy with some thunder they say but I don’t mind, I have lots of dvd’s I can watch if I like tio 🙂

    Air conditioners are still very rare in homes here, itä’s no use buying one for the few times we really need it. But I think it’s standard in office buildings now days.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I don’t blame you for leaving. Scouts should never be mean to one another-it seems to go against the scout code.

      Today is beastly hot, 90˚. I just got back from getting annuals for the deck boxes, some herbs and veggies. My back gave out, and I thought I would cry. They loaded everything for me, but when I got home, I sat on the front step a bit before I unloaded the car. I still need perennials and some more herbs, but not until Monday.

      Many houses now have central air. I got mine a few years ago, and it was a great decision, especially on days like today.

  3. Coleen Burnett Says:

    We have the same heat. There have been issues with the heating and cooling of the house and I live on the top floor, so steamy is the word for the day…the solution is to drink lots of water and move slowly.

    I also prefer the air dry method after a shower….I think I just shared too much information! 🙂

    I will look for that documentary. And I am sorry for your back. Be careful!

    Creating a breeze by waving,

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Coleen,
      I know that top floor issue. My bedroom is on the third floor as I have a walk-in cellar, and it is always hotter or colder than the rest of the house.

      Nope, I already opened that door!!

      Thanks on the back. I came back from Agway and could barely walk. I am now sitting comfortably on the couch watching a sic-fi movie in the chill of the air-conditioner. Nice way to spend the afternoon!

      I’ll take that breeze and wave back to send some air your way!

  4. Bob Says:

    What a wimp! Eighty four degrees is pleasant. We don’t even break a sweat until the thermometer reaches the upper half of ninety degrees. When I was a kid I remember both hot and cold. I remember going swimming in the public pool at about nine or ten and getting out in the one hundred plus temperature and feel my feet burning on the concrete until I got my flip flops. I remember freezing my posterior walking the three or four blocks from my house to my High School in January in New York. I will take heat any day over freezing cold with ice and snow.

    We turn on the AC in April and it runs continuously through the end of October. I am waiting for my ride to the terminal building so I can catch my flight home. It leaves at ten to nine and I arrive at six five teen in the morning. Here in Santiago it rained this morning with temperature topping out in the low 60s. Goodby winter hello heat .

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I’m a hearty New Englander. We are far more comfortable in the snow! 84˚ is miserably hot!! 65˚ is pleasant. We haven’t hit 100˚ ever or at least as far back as I remember. I prefer the cold because I think it is easier to get warm when you’re cold than it is to cool off when you’re hot. If you don’t have air conditioning, you’re doomed to the heat.

      This is the earliest I remember that I’ve turned on the air. Generally we still have heat going in April. The air usually stops on September as that month and October are perfect.

      The weather in Santiago sounds ideal.

      • Bob Says:

        The front went through after lunch and the sky was clear and we could see the storm clouds moving to the east and up the slope of the Andes.

        I think it’s better to take off cloths and jump into water to cool off rather than bundle up against the cold. My flight is delayed two hours leaving Santiago tonight. Time to spare, go by air 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        The beach is hot and filled with people so no jumping into the water to cool off. I prefer the winter and being cozy under an afghan on the couch.

        I hope your trip was calm and uneventful!

  5. Caryn Says:

    Thanks for finding it, Marie. I was too late to grab it but appreciate the offer. I shall continue my search. 🙂

  6. Rowen Says:

    Golly, Kat. No beer?! What do you drink in the sultry heat?

    • katry Says:

      Rowen,
      I drink ice tea or coffee and diet Coke, but there is always lemonade and a touch of vodka for those evenings on the deck!

  7. Vintage Spins Says:

    Caryn,

    I’ll check back tomorrow. If you still need it and Kat’s bandwidth hasn’t renewed, just let me know and I’ll certainly re-up for you again.

    Marie

    • Caryn Says:

      Vintage and Kat.
      All is well. I’m having my Cold, Cold Beer at zero dark thirty because it’s too hot to sleep. 😀
      Thank you, everybody.

      • Birgit Says:

        Caryn, apart from the direct links, if you have a firefox-browser the Video DownloadHelper -Add-on is very useful. It works for most media-sites and if it doesn’t, there is always the basic method: play and record. Audacity (audacity.sourceforge.net) is an excellent audio recorder/editor for free, but your computer should also have a built-in recording device.
        Hope you’ll get some sleep! Greetings from beer country.


  8. We on PEI and Cape Breton have a strange weather event happening for today (Saturday). All around us the weather is hot, as were we yesterday. Some cold front backed up onto the island and we will be 13C or 55.4 F!!! How strange is that? I feel like driving to the ferry, walking on, riding over to Nova Scotia and feeling that heat. I could visit my grandchildren. Hard way to get my chore list out of the way so will have to only imagine the trip.

    • katry Says:

      Cuidado,
      The weather is most decidedly wacky. Last week at this time it was 45˚ at night. I checked the week’s weather, and it will be hot through to Wednesday. This time of year is never this hot on the cape.

      I turn down my air conditioner!


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