“It was one of those humid days when the atmosphere gets confused. Sitting on the porch, you could feel it: the air wishing it was water.”

The morning started miserably, but, for me, not unusually. I put my coffee cup on the table, turned to see what Henry was doing and blindly grabbed my cup, but I didn’t; instead, my fingers went into the cup, and I jumped at the unexpected heat of that coffee. My perfect cup of coffee spilled all over the table. I grabbed paper towels and wiped up the spill, but it had done its damage. All over the floor now are blocks of paper, individual pieces of paper and bills with their envelopes open so the glue won’t stick and make them unusable. I bob and weave around the drying papers on my way to the kitchen.

Today is humid. The blast hit me when I opened the door on my way to get the papers. I quickly got back inside my wonderfully cool, air conditioned house. The air conditioner has been on since yesterday afternoon.

When I was growing up, the weather hardly bothered me. In the summer, I was busy all day so by bedtime I was tired. Sleep came easily. Once in a while, my father, trying to kill mosquitos, woke me up with his whacking the ceiling with a magazine while standing on my bed. There were always mosquitos.

In Ghana the temperature was often over 100˚, but it was a dry heat. I hadn’t even a fan, but I survived. My showers every night were always cold showers because I didn’t have hot water. I loved those cold showers.

The older I get, the less I tolerate heat. Summers here are always humid, and by August humid days, outnumber dry days. I don’t know how I’d survive without my air conditioner.

I need a cold drink!

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8 Comments on ““It was one of those humid days when the atmosphere gets confused. Sitting on the porch, you could feel it: the air wishing it was water.””

  1. Bob Cohen Says:

    When we first moved to Texas in 1953 air conditioning was just becoming widespread. My father had air conditioning installed in his car since he was a traveling salesman. Soon afterwards we had air conditioning window units in our apartment and then we had central air in our house. The summers in the 1950s were dryer than today. In those days we had a couple of years of terrible draught and the city of Dallas drilled water wells to supplement the small reservoirs which were inadequate to supply enough water. The U.S. Corps of Engineers began projects to dam up several creeks to form lakes around the area for water storage and recreation. Unfortunately, they also increased the humidity in the area reducing the comfort level. 🙁

    During the summer in 1954 or 55 my father was traveling in west Texas when he stopped for a cold drink in a cafe. An elderly cowboy sat down next to him at the counter. This guy wore a 10 gallon straw cowboy hat and sported a ‘red neck’. My father asked him how they were able to live here before air conditioning. The man replied that it never used to get this hot. Of course it got just as hot but if you didn’t have AC you didn’t know any difference. 🙂

    Today will again be hot and humid with a high predicted to reach the century mark.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Individual AC units are more popular here than whole house air conditioning. My friends have forced hot water so they would need all new pipes for a full house unit, and that would be far too expensive. I have forced hot air so the AC could use existing pipes so it wasn’t expensive in comparison.

      Here, summer is seldom dry. Humidity is high especially in August. In the fall, the days are warm and finally dry making for perfect weather.

      Living in Ghana, especially the Upper Region where I lived, means living with the high nineties and often 3 digit heat. For two years, I survived. The dry season is when it is the hottest, still is, but now hotels have air. The rainy season brings all that humidity. I got used to sweating.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        My current abode has a water system. In summer the chiller pumps cold water to the condo unit’s air handler. In winter it switches to hot water. The system was left over from the time when the building was an apartment. The good part is that I don’t have an electric meter and the condo association buys the electricity at the commercial rate and charges each unit the same amount each month as part of our dues. A Freon System would probably cool better but I can’t beat the price. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I have my one family home for which I pay electricity. In the summer, the bill is much higher from the AC blasting. I think it a small price to pay for comfort!

  2. Rowen Says:

    Nifty set today. I enjoyed everything though the Tom Glazer is my favorite.

  3. olof1 Says:

    We had heavy showers yesterday but the evening became rather pleasant with lots of sunshine. Today we’re haviung a mix of sunshine and lots of clouds. Cool and nice but at the moment a bit too windy.

    Too bad about the coffee, I tend to do the same myself way too often.

    I too gets less tolerant to heat, can’t remember it ever bothered me before but so far I’ve managed without an ac, still if these hot summers continue top come every year I might actually have to get one.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We had light rain last night for about a half hour. The prediction is for rain tomorrow. July was the rainiest month while August hasn’t had as much rain.

      I figure I have earned being comfortable so the AC is a gift to myself. The house is just so wonderful when it is cool.

      I have a travel fan I take with me. When I aim it at my face, I feel so much cooler.

      Have a wonderful day!


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