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The Lovely But Hellishly Hot Summer

So I tried moving my mattress down to the bottom floor and sleeping behind the sofa, but that didn't help at all. It felt even warmer than upstairs. Worse circulation maybe, even though I'd had all windows open for some time prior to bedtime.

I lay there a while anyway, too tired to move but too hot to sleep, reminded also that there's a clock ticking in our living room that you fortunately don't hear upstairs.

I went up again. I visited my room. Too hot. Went to the other side of the house, and tried one of the now vacant rooms there now that the folks are up North (right now I really can't wait to join them), and maybe that was a little better... the morning sun usually falls on my side of the house first too, so I figured at least I'd be able to keep cool longer on the other one.

Only it was also a corner room, so after a night of tossing and turning and for some reason having to run all too many times to the bathroom despite a not overly large consumption of water (could have been a late side-effect of the 10g c-vitamin doses I took during the day to keep going), the sun started heating up that side early as well.

I think I finally maybe slumbered a bit some time after five, was too tired to set the alarm for anything, woke up around eleven as the room grew hotter again, closed the window on the cooler side of the house to prevent the inside air from getting as hot as the outside air at a time when the ratio of cool outside air/hotter inside air seemed about to switch, drank some water, turned on the computer, and started Googling portable air conditioning units...

Sold out all over. All but the most expensive models, and some of the cheaper (and potentially crappier) ones, but what choice do you have in a situation as this? The heatwave's set to last all weekend now. I follow the weather report feverishly, hoping the situation changes and it blows away with a foreign wind, or maybe we get a few raindrops to dampen the heat.

As the nights get warmer as well there's less hope of chasing out any surplus heat without artificial aid.

How reliant we are these days of electric devices... back in the day my parents spent two years in Tunisia without so much as a fan. How we've weakened. I've weakened. Maybe all those cold morning showers this year and Wim Hoff cold therapy is actually making me more sensitive to heat.

Or would it be different if we still lived in the forests and slept under the stars? Are we artificially heating up the world as well, more and more for each year that passes?

Maybe our attempts to cool our houses is ironically also what's forcing this change. No energy without heat.

But regardless: I ordered a portable air conditioner, rented a car during lunch (still work from home), I commuted to get to the car - careful not to touch anything on the train except for the door-opening button that is unfortunately an obligatory manual touch-based task now that this heatwave reigns - and drove to Elgiganten, stood in line for what felt like half an hour - though not without appreciating their cool air-conditioned locale a bit more than I usually do, got my cool device, drove home, read the manual, noted that it'd better never be near any flammable gases or electrical devices that might cause a spark that'll make it go haywire and (I assume) explode, pulled the exhaust air tube through the open window that so very dysfunctionally-in-cases-like-this folds inwards and opens all too much if all you want to do is just slip through a tube, probably reducing the efficiency of said device, sheltered it in place with curtains and string and a bedside lamp, and there it's been since, turned off only when I briefly returned the car and took an hour-long walk home in the hot afternoon sun to avoid unnecessary commute - cooling the room.

It works! The room's cool. I have the door open to the hall and to all other rooms as well, hoping it'll cool those too, but it's not a top-of-the-line model, and ideally the gap around the tube around the window would also be better sealed. It's a cheaper, but appreciably functional alternative, though I see that to take full advantage of it I'd best use a whole lotta duck tape and/or drill a hole through the wall, and I'm not sure I'm qualified for that latter project. It'd be good though. Energy efficient and easy. Wonder if the folks might have anything against it...

When all's said and done though and this thing's been running a few hours I'll hopefully sleep a bit better tonight. Or rather: hopefully I'll sleep. Yesterday was a blanket-tossing water-drinking heat-wave experience like no other, and admittedly it probably stirred certain unreasonable panic since I went and bought this thing instead of just enduring, as I probably would have if I was well-rested, and fed, and overall just feeling well.

Barely ate any lunch at all today. The heat wouldn't have it. Feeling slightly paranoid about my wellbeing these recent days, even if dieting in particular would probably be pretty good.

One hot day's alright. A weekend's tolerable. A full week like this... it's not something I'm used to. I've never lived in Arizona y'all. Supposedly it takes a week to acclimate to a warmer climate, but this better not be permanent now. I need some cool again. This isn't how we do things over here.

When the days are all sunshine and the warmth won't leave the house: either get an air conditioner or some clouds.

Or get out.


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  1. S3C
    Friday Jun/26/2020

    COVID-19 = Less People Using Public Transit = More Cars = Greater Pollution and Heat

    What a coincidence...I used to live in Arizona. Air conditioning stopped working in the middle of July, when days where around 45 C. Had to sleep at my grandparents house for a while until it got fixed.

    If your water is cooled, you could try running a cold shower while leaving the door open. Though your water bill would skyrocket and might even get shut off for overuse.

  2. Cyber
    Friday Jun/26/2020

    Wouldn't the greatly reduced amount of air traffic factor in too though? I've been wondering about the ratio with less planes/more cars. Best case scenario it doesn't just balance itself out, but is actually lesser now than before. Then again with heat in particular more ground-based forms of traffic are most definitely a factor.

    So not even you are impervious to certain temperatures. :) What a crazy summer though, trying to imagine what it'd be like to live in a place where that's the norm and grow up without air-conditioning at all...

    Water's actually free over here, but a lot of people are wasteful for that reason, and our reserves aren't endless. Water levels have been a problem for some years now, especially during summer, so I'd rather not be one of the ones who contribute to that. Thought has crossed my mind though! For now I'm working with just a wet towel constantly draped over my shoulders/head. Works pretty well too.

  3. Cyber
    Friday Jun/26/2020

    And of course now also: somewhat sub-par and limited but definitely appreciatively coolness contributing air conditioning. :)

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