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The swing was my bed last night.
Posted by: kap
Date: July 23, 2006 06:49PM
No, S/O did not kick me and the doggie to the curb; it was the 100Freaking degree temperature at 11P.M.! I had some sporadic sleep as the air got somewhat cooler but then the doggie kept waking me up every time there was a car driving by. We stayed there until 2:00 P.M. The interior temperature was hovering in the high 90s with standing floor fan in high mode. I ended up sleeping on the hardwood floor downstairs. It was more bearable .... if the only entire floor was tile instead smiling smiley I am hoping tonight will be cooler ... 80s. How was yours?

Kap



SoCal for now.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/23/2006 06:54PM by kap.
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Re: The swing was my bed last night.
Posted by: Racer X
Date: July 23, 2006 07:45PM
It has been in the mid 90s here in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area. We have some of those window fans, and as the outside temp drops below the inside temp, we turn the fans on, and the temp in the bedroom slowly drops to maybe 75 by sunup.

We hope it will be back in the mid 80s Monday or Tuesday. That I can live with, as it goes to mid-low 60s outside at night, and the fans work great then.

We had a huge attic fan installed several weeks ago, and that dropped the temp in the house a few degrees right there, and we had the attic insulated up to R-38 on Friday (up from @ R-10). I shudder to think how hot it would be inside without those 2 changes shielding us from the oven in the attic.



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Re: The swing was my bed last night.
Posted by: elmo3
Date: July 23, 2006 08:15PM
there's this newfangled thing they have now, it's called "air conditioning". You should ask someone about it.



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Re: The swing was my bed last night.
Posted by: jesse
Date: July 23, 2006 08:29PM
We're having 100+ degree weather here in Oregon this weekend. We put the AC unit in our bedroom yesterday (last summer we didn't even bother). It was too hot in our daughter's room for her to sleep last night so we put her mattress on the floor of our room. Today we went looking for an AC unit for her room and everyone in town was sold out except for Sears. There was a constant flow of people looking for air conditioners, I stood guard over the two we were purchasing while my husband paid for them, and as I am standing there actually leaning on the two stacked up, some lady comes up and starts to put her name on the one on the bottom. After I told her they were sold she went away peacefully, I was afraid I was gonna have to fight for them.

jesse
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Re: The swing was my bed last night.
Posted by: dmann
Date: July 23, 2006 08:46PM
My first apartment after college had no air conditioning but my roommate and I figured we could handle it. Wrong, but we had no $$ for air conditioners (beer was a MUCH higher priority) so we toughed it out and it was miserable. The next summer, we bought one for the living room and slept on the floor or the couch in there.

Call me a wimp, a baby, an overpampered Jewish American Princess or whatever else you want but I will never live without AC in Chicago. Sleeping without sweating and being able to breathe relatively easily are too important to me.

DM
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Re: The swing was my bed last night.
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 23, 2006 09:16PM
DM, you are a wimp, a baby, an overpampered Jewish American Princess. Just kidding, sorry, I couldn't resist! grinning smiley

But seriously, how can you guys possibly live without AC. Here in Boston, it's nowhere near as warm as it is elsewhere, but... the humidity is stifling. It's near 100%-- a night or so ago, it was pouring with this 100% humidity, but even after it stopped, it was like a steam bath. People forget that air conditioners don't merely drop the temp, they also pull a lot of water out of the air. And then, if you have one like mine, it also has an air purifier/ionizer built-in. It's silly to think that this is a luxury-- if it makes the difference between your getting a full night's sleep versus tossing and turning all night long.




Freya says, 'Hello from NOLA, baby!' (Laissez bon temps rouler!)
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Re: The swing was my bed last night.
Posted by: lemmingboy
Date: July 23, 2006 09:29PM
My first apartment after college didn't have AC. Of course that summer was one of the hottest in history.

A tip to those in a similar situation: Take a towel, wet it, and wring it out. Then hang the towel in front of the fan. Voila, your very own home-made swamp cooler.

-Shawn
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Re: The swing was my bed last night.
Posted by: chas_m
Date: July 23, 2006 09:41PM
Reading these posts it's remarkable to me what an effect global warming has had on us all.

I live in Florida, where AC has been a necessity from day one, but Boston? Chicago? The Great Northwest??

AC has been around since the 50s. Ask your folks or your grandparents if they needed AC like you do now.

When I was a kid, a great way to beat the heat was to go see a movie. This year, I think I know which movie people should go see. Hint: it's got the word "Truth" in the title.



chas_m




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Re: The swing was my bed last night.
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 23, 2006 09:58PM
chas (and others) -- have a look at this chart:



Yes, it is definitely getting warmer (on average) here. In the time that I've been here (15 years now!), it's been really noticeable... in particular, the last few years, we've either had a very severe, or conversely, NO winter; a severe summer; and almost no spring or fall... it just immediately goes from summer to winter or the converse.




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Re: The swing was my bed last night.
Posted by: dmann
Date: July 23, 2006 10:04PM
Knew I could count on you PeterB!

chas_m: Scary, isn't it? Here in Chicago it is absolutely a necessity. We had a massive heatwave in '95 and more than 600 people died from heat related illnesses. That summer was particularly bad, but really not too far from the norm.

The past two weeks it has been above 90 degrees with very high humidity. The city operates cooling centers in public buildings to give people a place to go if they don't have AC.

My dad and grandfather told me that when my dad and my uncle were growing up the whole family would schlep to the lake and basically camp out there for days on end because it was cooler and they could always jump in the water. I still see families doing that today but there is a definite safety issue to contend with that wasn't the case in the 40's and 50's when my dad was a kid.

My great-grandmother was very frail and they used to send her out of state for the summer to get her out of the heat in the city.

DM
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Re: The swing was my bed last night.
Posted by: Carm
Date: July 23, 2006 10:42PM
100 degrees here also at 11pm last night, luckly my AC was able to keep it at 79 degrees. Sure was hot. Today the high was about 118.

Carm
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Re: The swing was my bed last night.
Posted by: Phy
Date: July 23, 2006 11:21PM
Even though we weren't sure we'd ever use it,( In the western WA area) we had A/C put in about 14 years ago-- and I am so grateful for it right now! To heck with the electrical bills-- I want to sleep at night! We wet-siders are not used to hot summers.
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Re: The swing was my bed last night.
Posted by: mikebw
Date: July 23, 2006 11:25PM
Heat wave was here in DC last week. Today was really nice, high 80's maybe 90, but bright clear blue skies and those perfect white puffy clouds.

Either way, my new apartment has an air conditioner in each room along the outside wall (makes sense) and add to that we are on the ground floor of a 6-story building surrounded by trees, so while it can get hot outside it really hasn't inside yet.
Major plus is the utilities are included in our monthly rent, so it's A/C ON 24x7 if we want to and our bill remains the same, at least for now.
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Re: The swing was my bed last night.
Posted by: kap
Date: July 24, 2006 12:03AM
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dmann
The past two weeks it has been above 90 degrees with very high humidity. The city operates cooling centers in public buildings to give people a place to go if they don't have AC.
Some surrounding cities do offer cooling centers. Our isn't one.

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dmann
My dad and grandfather told me that when my dad and my uncle were growing up the whole family would schlep to the lake and basically camp out there for days on end because it was cooler and they could always jump in the water. I still see families doing that today but there is a definite safety issue to contend with that wasn't the case in the 40's and 50's when my dad was a kid.
DM
I think it's quite safe to sleep on the swing on my front porch, or our backyard. I am not sure what the neighbors think though.

Kap



SoCal for now.
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Re: The swing was my bed last night.
Posted by: Jp!
Date: July 24, 2006 07:48AM
I remember 100+ days growing up. we have not hit 100 hardly ANY the last decade.
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Re: The swing was my bed last night.
Posted by: davemchine
Date: July 25, 2006 10:16AM
The last few summers have been mild here in eastern washington, this summer it is scorching though. I have heard we hit between 106-109 one day this week. Pretty dang hot. My AC is working great though and the evenings are beautiful and very pleasant. Great time to drive around in the convertible (night).

Dave
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