Hunkering down in the heat wave

If you are reading this today and living in the United States, odds are that you are also experiencing craptastic weather.


I don’t know about you, but when Fahrenheit temperatures reach triple digits, I am not the happiest of campers.  Chicagoans are used to dealing with “wind chill” numbers in the winter, but a “heat index” of more than 110 degrees is not a usual occurrence around these parts.

To make things a little more complicated in the ivory tower in which I live, the elements pummel my windows on three exposures—east, west and north.  So today, in addition to running all of the air conditioning units, all of the room darkening blinds have been lowered.

A 20 ft wall of darkness. One blind slightly raised to periodically check the scorched earth.

You can call it energy conservation.  Or a possible trial run for a future stint in the witness protection program.

So, while the sun was blazing outdoors, indoors it looked like an AMC Movieplex. Without the popcorn and large boxes of Milk Duds.  (They usually don’t serve poached salmon at the movie theater, right?)

If you have to hunker down, having a big flat screen, recliner and a remote control makes the suckass weather suck a little less.

Hope you are keeping cool and safe.

Categories: Chicago style , Weather or not


1 cassie { 07.21.11 at 10:14 pm }

Very jealous. I want room darkening blinds. I may be part vampire.

2 Sophia { 07.21.11 at 10:16 pm }

They are awesome sauce. Really terrific for sleeping (and for keep extreme cold and heat out!).

3 Hallie { 07.22.11 at 9:46 am }

I am so grateful for air conditioning. I don’t do “hot” well. Good thing I’ve never been in the military. It’s even hotter in Iraq for weeks at a time. Now if I could only convince my parents to come to my house for a few days (they don’t have air).

4 Sophia { 07.22.11 at 11:26 am }

How did we “deal” when we were kids and had no air conditioning?!

5 Panos { 07.23.11 at 11:18 am }

I believe “back then” the atmosphere was different, not as thin as it is today.