Overhead at a coffee shop that I use to keep awake during the day...
"Do you guys sell instant coffee?"
The look on the faces of the barista could be described as similar to the looks on the faces of the remaining citizens of Rome as the Visigoths approach.
Despite the sullen heat wandering around the Cleveland area
, looking into windows and spreading it's misery like tacky curtains, I still refuse to drink ice coffee. I wonder if there is a law of thermodynamics concerning how drinking a few ounces of a hot or cold beverage does not allay the enveloping swelter.
As I drove down to work in the US the first time, back in '95, I made my was to Boston thinking it was probably similar to Halifax, with stranger accents. As that first summer wore on, I realized my air-conditioning free car, though useful back in my old Nova Scotia haunts, was a hell in the sun driving up I-95. Even more so here in the Midwest, where each of us must go to and fro in our cars cocooned and observing the world through glass, like gently cooled aliens looking for habitable environments. Some even suggest the modern convenience is causing more obesity
. I can definitely say if forced to run around outside in the heat, my corpse would end up losing weight, so this makes sense to me.
Without air conditioning, I would be forced to rely on fans, or perhaps my lawmower, to keep cool. If you've ever help your face in front of a running lawnmower, you can understand it might give you a bit of trepidation. Now living in Lakewood, you might consider going to the lake. Except, of course, there is no way to actually reach the lake in Lakewood, save by boat which I have neglected to purchase up to now. One could visit a beach - assuming the bacteria count is not too high, which it often is. It removes the veil of natural joy of water to be swimming in what might charitably be described as city gravy.
Perhaps the only solution is to try and stay outside as much as possible and regain the magic ability I had as a kid to run in the heat and not die, or at least start down a road of heat conditioning, as I think this may be a chronic condition of our age.