I can’t believe I got all the way through the Arizona summer without mentioning the extraordinary level of gratitude and joy I have for air conditioning. With triple digit heat back in the forecast for another day (possibly the last of the year), I realized I am remiss in skipping this basic essential of life in the desert.
I know there are people who work outside in the heat who have somehow managed to learn how to exist with temperatures at or near 120 ℉. We see them daily working in construction on homes nearby or in our yard or the yards of neighbors. I watch from the comfort of my air conditioned home or car in amazement. How do they do it?
For the past week or so I’ve been very warm in the evenings. I even questioned Greg about whether he’d adjusted the thermostat. My theory is that my body thinks it’s fall and expects cooler, breezy evenings. OK, I know that’s not the case, but that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.
Overnight I get HOT. I don’t mean a little warm, I mean breaking out into a hot sweat. We run a ceiling fan and have even added a portable air conditioner that blows just on me so I can sleep through my own little personal oven. My daughter and granddaughters are the same way. Honestly it probably has something to do with genetics.
So, as the forecast begins to drop the expected high back down into the double digit range, I am finally getting around to publicly acknowledging how thankful I am that Willis Carrier invented a way to cool down our homes and cars in the heat of the summer.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Stay cool!
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