Please welcome guest blogger: Judy Teel author of Instructing an Heiress (filling in for Cynthia Cooke who is swamped with her promotion tour for Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies—send chocolate)
I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but ours has been hotter than you-know-what. Even in Ohio, where we joyfully traipsed for a family reunion last week, the temperature reached
105 °F…several times.
As I looked out the window and watched birds sitting on the fence panting, I deeply appreciated the wonderful invention of my species called air conditioning. I also wondered what people did before they had this marvelous technology and could it help me stay even cooler?
The hunt was on!
Idea #1: Servants wielding palm fronds
Probably the oldest way to create a breeze and common among the wealthy and royal of the Egyptian and Roman cultures. Thinking this would also provide good exercise and hours of entertainment, what with all the flapping and such, I attempted to get the kids on board. I got death stares.
(What are you smokin’ Mom?)
Idea #2: Have other people fetch ice from mountainous regions
If Roman Emperor Elagabalus thought this was a good idea, who was I to argue? Unfortunately, I now found myself left to my own devices after the palm frond incident. Being fresh out of mountains, anyway, I turned to the kitchen ice maker as an alternative. After about twelve trips to the freezer, I decided this was also a bad idea.
Idea #3: Sit on your porch and drink lemonade
This time I was sure I had a good one. Porch sitting was considered a status symbol in its time, according to the The Milwaukee Journal, July 20, 1966. Its returning popularity has even inspired the creation of porch sitter unions throughout the USA (CBS news, Professional Porch Sitters Unite). A trendy status symbol sounded like a definite win-win to me. Until I remembered that we don’t have a porch.
Idea #4: Eat hot foods like they do in Latin America, India, and Thailand
After the first bite, I realized I was way too wimpy for this solution. Love the food, hate the pain.
(It’s the sweat, baby.)
Frustrated in my search for an alternative cooling practice, I turned to the Internet. Maybe there were some good inventions out there that could contribute to my comfort.
Enter the air-conditioned jacket…
(Does this make me look fat?)
So, not gonna work.
Sometimes the method you know is the method that works. For me, that’s relaxing with a glass of iced tea in air conditioned comfort while reading a good book.
What’s your favorite way to stay cool down on a hot day?