Enough is enough. I am ready to let summer go. Just a few months ago I was complaining about the cold. I promised myself I would not complain about the high temperatures but I can't help myself. I am not doing so well in the high 90s this year.
I know Arkansas has always been hot in July and August so I conclude, it is me. I am getting older and cannot function well out in the heat.
As I have said numerous times in the past, we once lived without air conditioning and survived but we can't miss what we have never had.
Today, we leave our air conditioned homes to ride in our air conditioned vehicles to our air conditioned office every day of the week. We shop in the air conditioned stores and eat in the air conditioned restaurants. We go to our air conditioned churches on Sunday. Most of us do not spend a lot of time out from under air conditioning throughout the summer months.
I would venture to say, we would not even consider purchasing a car if it did not have a good air conditioner.
I can remember the “good ole days” when we would travel at night because it was cooler. Anyone my age probably remembers driving down the highway with all four windows down. We had to wear a headscarf to keep our hair in place.
In 1972 we bought a new blue Maverick. Like the car before that one (a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle), it did not have air conditioning. Many new cars in those days did not come with factory air. I read where Packard was among the first cars with factory installed air conditioning around 1940. By 1969 half of all new cars were air conditioned -- but not ours. We owned one of the other half.
Some time after the purchase of the Maverick, my husband Dale found a used car air conditioner at a salvage yard. He had it installed. It was mounted under the dash. It would cool well but we had to be careful because it would freeze over and quit running if we ran it on high for a long time. We would have to turn it off and let it thaw out and then go again.
That was our first air conditioned vehicle. It felt so good to ride down the highway with the windows rolled up. My hair would be in place when I arrived at our destination.
Call me spoiled if you want but I do like to be cool. It is ironic but when the weather is cold outside I set the thermostat on 80 or so but when it is hot, I pull it down to 68. In January or February, I would consider 68 degrees too cold but it feels just right in July and August.
You would think a good 75 degrees would make a happy medium year round but for some reason it doesn't work for me.
I don't get out as much in the heat as I once did. I know many people have to go out every day and work outside in the near 100 degree weather. Again, I caution them to be careful. Take breaks and drink water.
As for me, the weeds in my flower gardens are winning this year. I will take care of it this fall when the temperatures go down a little. Even my flowers are feeling the extreme heat. Even with water, they do not look too good.
We had a taste of no air conditioning last week on Tuesday when the power went off throughout Manila. I left work when my computer went down.
We enjoyed the advantage of keeping the house too cold -- it stayed fairly cool until the power came back on several hours later.
We will have to wait and see if we get any relief in August.