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Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Unchilled Life

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Pull out a chair for her, turn on the air for her
And just cool out, cool out and listen to her

--I Used to Love H.E.R.
, Common

Hey friends: Here's the link to my New York Times piece -- The Unchilled Life. They edited most of my finer points, but hey I got the shot, above the fold!

The photographer told me today, "Yeah, they used the silliest picture, huh?" Right-o. He couldn't have sent them one of the glamour shots, could he?!
But I am delighted that when you go to their online homepage, it's me and the Dalai Lama, side by side.

I don't know if that happenstance shall ever occur again.

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Blogger Gordon said...

So the picture shows the real you - slightly disheveled, sweaty, and melting - it caught your smile!

We have a $16 floor fan, but it doesn't get near as hot here as it does there.

Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 9:35:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Yup -- I knew what they were after. Makeup would've just melted right off. If you really knew what I schlepped around in, it wouldn't be fit to print, so I figured tank top and shorts would give an essence of the thing. . .

Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 10:00:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Gordon said...

There must be thousands of folks living without AC in hot climes. How did they find and pick you?

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 12:19:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

They probably wanted demographic diversity, and probably not too many are in mine. (An acquaintance turned me on to the reporter contact.)

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 12:22:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Gordon said...

Makes sense. They would want someone sorta normally demographic rather than all poor black people or white trailer trash, by which I do not mean all people who live in trailers by any means.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 5:49:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

today in the imperial valley it was 118° with 57% humidity. the AC was run. we have a dual unit, on days when it's totally dry we run our swamp cooler, which both cools and humifies.

i can handle just about anything, hell, i'll go out and ride search and rescue (which is in the urgent season, folks can die in less than twelve hours out in our desert) in temps over 110°. but, there comes a time when you just simply gotta have AC to live here.

the pioneers of imperial valley used some pretty ingenious stuff to cope with the temps. they would set up water wheels in the canals to run fans inside their fly walled tents. they would also soak down the canvas sheets that made the walls and have an early version of a swamp cooler.

other folks would dig "submarine" houses with the first story sunk about 8 feet below ground.

i don't know if i could take florida. if you open a window there's all them there bugs and stuff.

Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 12:13:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Long-time RN said...

Congratulations, Lisa!

For years I've fought with my hubby regarding air conditioning control. Summertime, I do not enjoy wearing a sweater inside our home! He's unemployed at this time, so we've kept the air off and acclimated without 'suffering'. Home design makes a difference as two-story homes retain a great deal of heat upstairs which makes sleeping a bit uncomfortable, but ceiling fans help tremendously. Fortunately for us in the upper Midwest, temps have rarely risen into the high 80's this year.

Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 7:21:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Yes, it can be brutal, a jungle of sorts. (I awoke the other night to very strange 6-inch preying mantis sort of bug on my kitchen floor the other night. Thank goodness it was slow-moving.)

Long-time RN,

Thanks. Few people realize how a/c contributes to global warming, but it is a big contributor.

If temps stayed in the upper 80's, I would be delighted. It is when they creep above 95 with humidity that it is tough. We recently had two straight weeks of 100+ (110 heat index), and that was unlivable. It has tempered out since then.

Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 12:34:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Rez Dog said...

Here in the Northwest we are getting a little taste of the unchilled life, with temperatures in the high 90's this week and no a/c. At least it cools down to something respectable at night so window fans keep my upstairs apartment from becoming too unlivable.

Monday, July 27, 2009 at 2:22:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


I didn't know it got that hot up there. As you say, the night is for celebrating.

Monday, July 27, 2009 at 3:57:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Terrible said...

Congrats Lisa!! That's cool. yeah bad pun I know.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 2:22:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks, Terrible!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 2:47:00 PM GMT-5  

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