Beating the Summer Heat

Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks it’s hot. My solution is to work summer hours. Get up as early as possible (6:00 a.m. this morning) and work until about 11:00 a.m. when it starts getting hot. Then go do something else. Today that involved bike riding, which sounds stupid since it’s hot outside, but once you get outside and start sweating, hot is hot.

Then around 6:00 p.m. you can start working again. Though it helps to shower first. The evening’s probably the worst since the house has been roasting all day and it doesn’t cool down until well after dark, but what are you going to do?

My other solution is to try working downstairs where it’s cooler and we have ceiling fans, or hole myself up in the bedroom with our window air conditioner. I’ve contemplated working in the basement, too.

I also work in nothing but my shorts (No iSight chats for me!) and have lots of Flavor Ice. Thankfully Minnesota only has a handful of 90+ days (I heard an average of 15 somewhere the other day). I can handle -9 no problem, it’s the heat that melts my brain.

4 thoughts on “Beating the Summer Heat”

  1. Mmmmmm. Flavor Ice.

    I submit that -9 without heat is worse than 90 without air conditioning. But then I hate winter.

  2. No arguments there, Dave. The part about winter without heat. You can’t do winter without heat, though you can do summer without AC–I’m living (though sweaty) proof.

    I just think winter’s easier to survive because there’s more you can do, aside from cranking up the heat (I try to keep it at a frigid 62 degrees all winter long). You grab a blanket, a pair of fuzzy slippers, an extra sweater or a jacket, or gosh even a hat, you can insulate your windows, you can light candles, you can snuggle with someone, you can let a dog nap in your lap, you can bake cookies, you can exercise, etc, etc. It’s a lot harder to get the same relief in summer.

  3. I don’t know … there’s a lot you can do in the summer, too. Go for a bike ride, go for a swim, go for a walk or a hike, play golf, play any sort of outdoor sport, sit on the patio and read, garden, go to the movies, go to the farmers’ market, drive on the roads without worrying about slipping on black ice. Winter sucks.

  4. I meant there’s little you can do to relieve the sweatiness during the summer. I can hardly go to the farmer’s market while I’m trying to work. There’s little I can do to relieve the heat of the summer while I’m working, compared to the ways I can relieve the cold of winter.

    And driving? Ba! Call me cocky, but I’ve rarely slipped on Minnesota roads. I had a much worse time with Michigan roads.

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