Please forgive me in advance, for I’m using this post to go on and on about something inane, beginning with the fact that… it’s summertime! Well, perhaps you could tell that already from the ample amounts of daylight, as well as the hot and sticky weather, that this season can bring. Depending on where you are right now, that could mean lots of heat and humidity. Here in Madison at the moment, we’re having a very muggy spell: Temperatures in the upper 80s/lower 90s, high humidity, and sunshine thrown into the mix.
Now, some of you reading this hate summer just for the sticky weather. I know of at least one person on my Twitter timeline (sorry, not naming names here) who would love for it to be the cold of winter right now because they despise the heat and humidity so much. I’m quite the opposite: I admit may not like muggy weather very much either, but I’ll take it anytime over well-below-zero weather and a zillion inches of snow — which we regularly encounter every winter in Wisconsin. So, saying this, I can assert that I’ve grown accustomed to both seasons.
And when I was younger, it was hard to keep cool in our house during the summertime, especially when all we had to keep cool was a fan. Yep, one measly box-shaped fan bought on the cheap at the discount department store, which we would place into the window to draw in the cooler outside air if it was nice or draw out the warm indoor air. Yeah, not a wonderful way to keep warm, is it? But it was all we had as we either couldn’t afford a big air conditioner or determined that having one couldn’t keep the entire house comfortable.
So because of that, being in a sticky house on a muggy summer day was something I got used to rather quick. Of course, that’s not to say I don’t appreciate a big A/C unit keeping me cool. Luckily, my apartment has this big beast to cool things down:
While this A/C can cool things in my apartment down to a bearable temperature, it can cool the place a little too quickly sometimes. It’s an old monstrosity (notice how one of the knobs is broken off?), not to mention pretty loud and expensive and not too energy efficient, which is why I admit I don’t have it running during the daytime hours. Hopefully, either I can talk my landlord into investing in a newer A/C in time for next summer; or, if I can find a new place next year, it’ll have a decent A/C. But between now and then, I won’t look this gift horse in the mouth and be thankful it can give me cooler air when I need it.
But what if I still need to keep cool during the daytime hours, you ask? Or, how do I draw cooler air inwards without wanting to turn the place into the North Pole with that A/C? Well, I do have a circular fan as well, or as I like to call it R2D2:
Why do I call it R2D2? Well, just look at it. It’s short, circular, and blue and gray just like R2D2; it has a base coming out of its sides, the same way R2D2’s legs are attached to his sides; and, just like R2D2 in all those Star Wars movies, it can provide relief on a summer day, even if it’s just a little bit — or, say, a little bit of comic relief. [rim shot “Thank you, everyone, and remember to tip your wait staff.”]
Of course, since it is a fan after all, R2D2 creates a breeze that’s oh so very refreshing, which is why I leave it on overnights (instead of, admittedly, that beast of an A/C). Speaking of the nighttime, having the fan on when turning in for bed creates white noise I can draw my mind towards, which means my mind doesn’t have to dwell on the troubles of the day while I’m trying to get to sleep.
So, if you have an A/C or a fan, here’s hoping you’re using either or both to keep cool this summer. And sorry for boring you with 700+ words of technically trivial stuff. At least it was something interesting for me to write about.