|Our sturdy AC companion & back porch |
herb garden (mums in front)
We were briefly (4 am to 8:30 am) without air conditioning two days ago. It prompted a discussion on what we would do if it had lasted longer. We do have a generator attached to our camper, which means we could string an extension cord from there to our refrigerator in the house to keep the food frozen. That's a relief. We could also hunker down inside the camper and turn up the AC. None of that happened thankfully and with homes so well insulated these days, the house was a comfortable 75 degrees the entire time, but it does make you wonder how people managed before air conditioning.
|Sometimes you gotta laugh!|
I have never experienced temperatures this high before, but do recall when AC in cars was an expensive option and a lot of us went without. If we had to travel in the heat, we relied on water, ice cubes in an ice chest, and towels over the windows. I can't imagine what it was like living down south in the U.S., but I read somewhere that air conditioning changed the deep south quite dramatically.
One thing I've learned is that staying hydrated is critical, and that includes adequate intake of salt. With most of us concerned that too much salt is bad for us, this is one time when salt is a necessity. My husband lived in Turkey one year while in the Air Force. It was hot, arid and downright miserable at times. He remembers that salt tablets were dispensed at chow times and mandatory. I'm sprinkling salt in our water now. We started getting leg cramps (unusual for us) one day and I discovered online that this was possibly due to lack of salt. Well it worked....all cramping has stopped, and I'm a believer. Has anyone else experienced this?
|Willis H. Carrier (1876-1950)|
Kudos to New Yorker Willis H. Carrier, who in 1902 invented the first modern air conditioner. Although few benefited from it at the time, this invention would help modernize the world and change the way we live. An interesting aside is that he struggled in school with learning mathematical fractions. His mother took on the challenge and taught him the concept by cutting up an apple. Willis later wrote that the lesson taught him the "value of intelligent problem-solving." I like that it also shows the power of a parent's influence :)
In 1998 Time magazine listed Willis as one of the“100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century.” I couldn't agree more!
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