"The sun so hot I froze to death...."
I know Stephen Foster never saw or experienced air-conditioning, but that line from "Oh Susanna" seems curiously prophetic today. With the mercury climbing upwards to ninety-five and higher, I have found myself voluntarily sequestered indoors. The stark contrast of the ambient temperatures of both outside and inside can be seen in the traces of condensation upon the window panes.
It seems unnatural to feel cold at 10 AM on a late June morning, a week away from the 4Th of July. At 8:30 this morning it was already 87 degrees! With the air conditioners cranked up to the nth and the shades pulled down tight, we were determined to keep the house cool all day.
Of course those wheels in that electric meter on the side of our house are spinning in protest at a dizzying rate.Yes, we'll pay in the end, make that "through the end," for the use of the electricity. The drain on the energy in turn will result in an increase of the price per barrel of oil. This in turn will translate to higher prices at the gas pumps.
Ironically, if we were to stay home in order to consume less gasoline, the oil companies in turn would still raise the prices because our lack of consumption would show as lower profits. If we aren't fuel conscious, we pay. If we try to be conservative, we pay!
There's one thing about feeling cold; you get to really enjoy those cups of hot coffee. Anyway, I am not going to rant about our little two-day spell of hot humid weather. There are a lot of people in a lot of places facing worse climatic conditions. We are supposed to get some relief tomorrow.
I have been on a so-called vacation this week. It has been so hot, that activities outside the house have been unbearable. One consolation - I could be working and out there driving around. Would you like another consolation? It's been too hot to mow the lawn and trim the hedges. Damn! By not mowing the lawn, I am contributing to the next price hike in gas because I'm burning any in my lawn mower.
I remember a time when prancing around the house naked meant that things were going to get hot!
These days, it means we're trying to cool off!