I believe air conditioning is ruining our society. Okay, not really, but I think it has made profound changes that many people don't realize. I've said before that we don't have AC in our home, nor do I have it in my car. Am I sometimes hot? Hell yes. But not so hot that I can't function. Apparently I am now freakishly acclimated to heat and humidity, enabling me to continue living my life, where others I know are relegated to being shut-ins when the weather is above 75 degrees. Saturday, I went out to dinner with my husbands family to Ruby Tuesdays (blech) and it was so cold in that restaurant, I seriously wished that I had a sweater or something. It was ridiculously cold...I was literally shivering. But everyone else was fine. Then we went to a local fair and walked around where all the families (there weren't that many due to the heat) literally looked like they could die at any second. People appeared to be melting. It wasn't even that hot....and it was evening. Too bad I'm not having kids, because mine would have been evolutionarily pre-disposed to succeed during a period of global warming. And I don't understand all the deaths from heat. How does that happen? Unless you are so accustomed to living in your air conditioned home, driving in your air conditioned car to your air conditioned office space and shopping and eating in malls and restaurants you could store meat in that you can no longer tolerate heat and humidity. If you have access to water and an open widow with a fan, how do you die? Sometimes I wish that I could live in the days before air conditioning. The days of sleeping porches and wide front porches crowded with wicker furniture and huge ceiling fans, and just the slower pace that summer took because of the heat. That's all gone now. I've read a few times that many old-time southerners credit air conditioning with the demise of many southern traditions as well as the 'pace' of the south in the summertime. Gone are the days of the Seersucker suit and the chilly libation on the front porch. All year round you can live, shop, drive, and work at a comfy 72 degrees.
And speaking of the South, only a short while until I am there for a much deserved and much anticipated TWO WEEK vacation on Hatteras Island! woohoo. The countdown has begun. And I won't share the countdown on here, cause I'm not entirely sure who all reads this blog and I don't really want to advertise when it is exactly that I'll be away. But I am super excited. I am resisting my desire to start making lists, cause it is a little too early for that. The only bad thing about the house we stay in is the damn AIR CONDITIONING. I tried to turn it off when we stayed there last year. What good is having a waterfront house when you can't hear or smell the water. But the screens had been removed in most of the windows for repair, so that didn't happen. I did find out that my dogs LOVE air conditioning, because they refused to come outside most of the time, unless they knew they were going in the water. Sit outside and lie on the deck while I read? No thanks, they said, we'll watch from inside. Girly-dogs.