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Heat survival [Jul. 29th, 2009|06:28 pm]
Lanette
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Those friends of mine who are freaking who also do not handle heat well here are some practical cheap ways to keep-a coolin' baby.

1. Take a lukewarm shower.
2. Put up your hair with several parts so air can escape.
3. Put on cotton. As close to a white sheet toga as you can get.
4. Go to the library, a movie, or the grocery store to cool off.
5. At the store buy a watermelon, fresh mint or a lemon, Popsicles of your choosing and a spray bottle that mists. Rent march of the penguins, happy feet, the deadliest catch or anything at all with cold weather.
6. Low to the ground, in a cross breeze, misted with water, shoeless, eating cold liquidy produce, and distracted is how you survive. Don't forget to take breaks and air condition yourself as much as possible.
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[User Picture]From: leahruthie
2009-07-30 02:49 am (UTC)
hee heee, this all makes me giggle a little bit because, being from nebraska, 100-degree weather doesn't make me bat an eyelash since around here, 100-degree weather comes complete with 95% humidity and lasts for days and days. :) i do feel badly for you guys, though, because i know how very badly extreme heat sucks, and i'm sure it's 100x worse if you're not used to it. i think we must have traded weather, though, because it's been mid-70s and cloudy for days, which is EXTREMELY unusual--normal, mid- to late july is 90s-100s and miserable.

anyway, my point: i really feel for you guys! my suggestion is to hang out in a nice cool basement, or in front of an AC vent, or in front of an oscillating fan. drink lots of ice water or iced tea, and popsicles are a fantastic idea! another thing i do is wet a washcloth in ice-cold water and hold in on my pulse points, moving from wrists to neck to wrists to neck, etc. sounds weird but it helps. :) hope you nor'easterners survive!
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[User Picture]From: leahruthie
2009-07-30 02:50 am (UTC)

oops, duh!

errr, woops--i meant nor'westerners. i promise i know my directions, lol. lonnnnng day. :)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-07-30 03:19 am (UTC)

Re: oops, duh!

I'm doing ok, but the issue for most people is that there is no air conditioning in most housing up here. Those lucky few who do have it, when it gets over 100 it can't really keep up, but it's WAY better than nothing for sure.

I am just worried about my friends with no air who have rooms not on the ground floor.
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[User Picture]From: leahruthie
2009-07-30 03:22 am (UTC)

Re: oops, duh!

oh man, i didn't even think about the fact that most houses wouldn't have AC! ugh, that double-sucks :( at least businesses are probably doing pretty well in window AC sales, eh? natural boost to the economy... ;)

i really hope things cool down for you soon!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-07-30 03:45 am (UTC)

Re: oops, duh!

Yeah, the issue is most of the people who live on the 2nd and 3rd floor are people who can't afford window units. It's always the poor who suffer while rich people are able to just buy their way out of misery.

We have air at our house and I've invited my friends to come over and use it. So far no takers, but this weekend we'll have company over. :)
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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2009-07-30 02:19 pm (UTC)

Re: oops, duh!

Seriously?! A lot of houses don't have A/C??? *boggle*
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-07-30 02:32 pm (UTC)

Re: oops, duh!

I'd say less than 5% of all of the houses up here have AC at all. Apartments, it's even less.
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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2009-07-30 02:36 pm (UTC)

Re: oops, duh!

That seems unnatural to me!! I'll add that to the (very short) con list to moving to Seattle.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-07-30 02:48 pm (UTC)

Re: oops, duh!

My house has air conditioning. Also, I bought a window unit for my condo before for a reasonable $200 and it make life much more tolerable.

The time in my life where I have to live with no air conditioning is just over. I think most of the people in Seattle should have at least a window unit so they can sleep and that it is well worth the cost. I mean, you can't even buy a FAN at any Home Depot as they are sold out of all cooling equipment in stores in the whole state (seriously).
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[User Picture]From: carryaway
2009-07-30 04:33 am (UTC)
I've been taking cold showers a few times a day. The temp in my place was 98 today. The sheets felt like they just came out of the dryer all day. So, Faith and I and even Cloe which is really weird... took cold showers and slept on the couch under a few fans. I only could sleep for 2 hours max. Faith and I took a drive in the car a/c up to Snoqualmie Pass and further to Lake Kachess... checked it out and drove back, then I went to work to A/C.

When I saw Cloe jump into the water, I almost thought I had heat stroke and was hallucinating. The half persian cat was a mess too. Desperate times, calls for desperate measures. Perhaps if I wasn't so hot and stupid feeling, I'd have gotten the camera.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-07-30 04:35 am (UTC)
Ahahaha! That's a riot about Cloe! Talk about the Kodak moment.

I called the Home Depot and they are sold out of EVERY air conditioning unit and fan at every store in the state except Yakima.
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[User Picture]From: carryaway
2009-07-30 04:37 am (UTC)
Ugh! I was thinking about ordering one from target.com that was portable and $279, but by the time it got here, the heat wave would be over.

Are you and Craig free for dinner on Friday? I have to work, but maybe before? I miss you guys. No, not for the prize. I just miss you.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-07-30 04:40 am (UTC)
Yes! That would be awesome. So, consider this about the portable ones,..they don't work as well, they take up floor space, the have to be dumped, you still have to vent them from the window, and everything I've read is the window ones work much better. I LOVED my window one, but when I moved here I gave it to my sister who needs it for medical reasons (Her MS flares bad if she overheats).

Anyhow, I paid about $200 for it. If I were you I'd buy from homedepot.com and get a window unit with a remote. Craig and I can come over and help you set it up.

Ok, check out this one, http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100619177&N=+526370+90044 and also this one http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100588718&N=+526370+90044



Edited at 2009-07-30 04:42 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: carryaway
2009-07-30 04:46 am (UTC)
I'll look into the links when I get home. The only reason I was looking at the portable ones was because all of my windows are like sliding glass doors. I'm not sure how to get a window one in there... I guess filling in the rest with Plexiglas or Styrofoam or something like those. Ah, I'll check it out when I get home.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-07-30 04:51 am (UTC)
I had the sliding aluminum windows too at my condo, but you can rig it up. I'll show you how. It's annoying, but it works. I would use it every summer, and take it down every September.

There is a portable one on Costco.com that is on sale too that is worth checking out. The portable ones you have to dump the tray a few times per day or so, but the window ones aren't safe to leave in while you are gone, so removing and putting them back in is very annoying. It looks like there is no perfect solution. You will be so happy though if you get any air conditioning. The sleep alone is worth it.
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[User Picture]From: vivaine666
2009-07-30 04:22 pm (UTC)
We love our through-the-window units, they've keep our house at a very reasonable temperature. We leave all 3 unit in the window all the time and have never had a problem, how is it dangerous? Should I worry about our place burning down or something? Or are you just talking the ease of theft part?
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-07-30 04:30 pm (UTC)
The ease of theft was my concern where I lived, which is more of a problem when you are on the ground floor, but it does leave a security issue if you leave them in the window.
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[User Picture]From: vivaine666
2009-07-30 04:38 pm (UTC)
OK, just making sure. I don't feel that there's any way to make it so easy to steal from us to make it tempting to theives. I figure if someone knows where we are and wants our stuff enough to steal it having it be difficult to get in isn't going to stop them.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-07-30 04:40 pm (UTC)
Well, you are in a stand alone dwelling in a low crime neighborhood. I was in a place that had been robbed on the bottom floor. It's different at apartments or condos where having the window open might attract criminals, especially when all you have to do is move the AC out of the way a bit rather than breaking a window. I think it depends on the context.
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[User Picture]From: vivaine666
2009-07-30 05:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, for sure. I never lived the way I do now when I lived in an apartment anywhere, even in that place in Milton that was out of the way. The thing with anywhere that's not down a long drive way tucked away from the street is that people might drive/walk by and for some reason think there might be valuable things in the house. In our case no one drives or walks by unless they're coming to visit us or our neighbor who doesn't seem to have many visitors. We have a unique situation that I love! I hope I don't have to move for a long time.
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[User Picture]From: verybadlady
2009-07-30 04:54 am (UTC)
lukewarm shower? Girl we switched to straight cold water showers up in here!!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-07-30 04:57 am (UTC)
See, the reason lukewarm is that when you get out it doesn't seem like such a heat shock, so the coldness lasts longer.

I am SO thankful for our air conditioning right now. It doesn't work upstairs, but I don't care. It's heavenly still. I'm having some friends over on Saturday starting a 2pm for some dinner. Some kiddos will even be present! If you are available, I'd love to have you come scam on our air conditioning and the kid swing in the backyard.
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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2009-07-30 02:23 pm (UTC)
When I first moved to northern VA I lived in the top floor of a place without A/C during the summer. A summer with a heatwave. it was CRAZY. I took cold showers like 4 and 5 times a day and started wearing a bikini top and shorts around the house (my roomie was a perverted 53 year old psychology professor... found him going through my underwear at the end of the summer!) This list ROCKS.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-07-30 02:30 pm (UTC)
When I first got divorced I lived through the summer in the most unnaturally warm apartment ever, which also was timed perfectly with me being quite broke. This list helped. I have to say I don't miss those days of both broke and overheated.
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[User Picture]From: courtly
2009-07-31 06:27 am (UTC)
You didn't ONCE mention the handsome attendant fanning you with palm-fronds.

Did you just forget that one?
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