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#1 Wilfrid

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 02:51 PM

Well and truly here. Set to hit 99 in New York today. Cooling centers being opened.

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If you need to head outdoors wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.


What is the point of heading outdoors, if only to avoid alcohol? I can avoid alcohol indoors quite easily.

#2 Lex

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 03:05 PM

I was away for the weekend and had left the windows cracked and a fan on to provide a bit of circulation. When I got home yesterday afternoon it was 97 degrees outside. My apartment is on the top floor of a brownstone and the heat from the roof radiates downward. This is lovely in the winter but hard to handle in the summer. Once the apartment gets hot it takes a long time to cool down. I knew the apartment was going to be hot and was resigned to what was to come.

When I got home I immediately shut the windows and turned on the living room and bedroom a/c and fans. Six hours later my living room was in the low 80s. I chose not to avoid indoor alcohol and instead cooled myself with a couple of beers. The authorities are wrong - it helped.

My bedroom cooled considerably faster although it plateaued at about 70 degrees. I wanted colder and somewhere around 11:30 I cleaned the air filter (it was only slightly dusty) and replaced some of the foam gap filler because I thought the old stuff wasn't fitting tight enough. Gradually the temperature dropped another couple of degrees. I strongly suspect it was less due to my efforts and more due to the gradual drop in the outside temperatures.

Today my a/c is bravely cranking away. I'm hopeful that when I get home the temperature will be tolerable. If not, I have a plentiful supply of beer.

ETA - I'm betting we break the 100 degree mark today.

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#3 Abbylovi

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 03:30 PM

My new 10,000 BTU air conditioner arrived before this heatwave. I am weeping with relief and gratitude.
It is better to have beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.

#4 ghostrider

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 03:58 PM

QUOTE(Abbylovi @ Jul 6 2010, 11:30 AM) View Post

Hooray.

I am very grateful for our newish downstairs unit this week.

Slept fitfully last night. Finally realized, around dawn, that I was being too stingy with the bedroom AC settings & cranked the sucker & got a few hours in.

Let's hope that everyone's power grids hold up this year.
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#5 hollywood

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 04:08 PM

It's been cool here while you have been sweltering. There's a light mist this morning. Life is not bad.

I got that gin in my system
Somebody's gon' be my victim.

 

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#6 Cathy

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 04:14 PM

Epiphany: Take the duvet out of the cover and store. Make the bed with cover alone.

Why did it take me so long to figure this out?
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#7 ghostrider

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 04:33 PM

QUOTE(Cathy @ Jul 6 2010, 12:14 PM) View Post
Epiphany: Take the duvet out of the cover and store. Make the bed with cover alone.

Why did it take me so long to figure this out?

Unfortunately, it's harder to think straight in the heat.
It was hard to avoid the feeling that somebody, somewhere, was missing the point. I couldn't even be sure that it wasn't me. - Douglas Adams

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#8 StephanieL

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 04:51 PM

Already 100 degrees.

My strategy of keeping all the blinds tightly drawn and the windows closed seems to be working, for the moment. I did have to raise a few of the blinds in the (south-facing) living room so that the plants can get light; we'll see if the room is an oven this evening.
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#9 splinky

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 04:52 PM

went outside. it was too awful. went back inside

“One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. 'Oh, no!', I said, 'Disneyland burned down.' He cried and cried, but I think that deep down he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late.”
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#10 Lex

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 04:54 PM

QUOTE(Lex @ Jul 6 2010, 11:05 AM) View Post
I'm betting we break the 100 degree mark today.


Manhattan -


Brooklyn -


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#11 Suzanne F

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 10:47 PM

Well, at least the temporary MFF outage kept temperatures down a bit.

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#12 hollywood

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 11:23 PM

Sorry folks, but it's sunny and 72 degrees here.

I got that gin in my system
Somebody's gon' be my victim.

 

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#13 splinky

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 11:50 PM

QUOTE(hollywood @ Jul 6 2010, 07:23 PM) View Post
Sorry folks, but it's sunny and 72 degrees here.

um, shut up, shut up, shut up. we are in hell, here

“One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. 'Oh, no!', I said, 'Disneyland burned down.' He cried and cried, but I think that deep down he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late.”
~Jack Handey

*proud descendant of cheese eating surrender monkeys*

 


#14 bloviatrix

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 12:50 AM

Walked into my office building at 9:15 and refused to leave the building until finished up for the day at 7. The "breeze" felt like standing behind a car exhaust.
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#15 Lex

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 01:13 AM

QUOTE(hollywood @ Jul 6 2010, 07:23 PM) View Post
Sorry folks, but it's sunny and 72 degrees here.

On the positive side, we're remarkably brush fire and earthquake free. Reservoirs at 90% too. smile.gif

“I have a dream of a multiplicity of pastramis.”

"One of the Evil Twin beers I tried smelled like a foot." - LiquidNY

"I don't have time to point out all the ways in which you're wrong" - irnscrabblechf52