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I still haven't turned on the third floor A/C! I think I'm acclimated to the hot weather now. Yesterday afternoon I zoned out on the living room sofa, in the breeze of the electric fan. We had the air conditioning set at 80F, and that's what the thermostat said the temperature was. I was chilly!

In other news, the remarkable post-industrial space -- an abandoned pier that once held Philadelphia's immigration station -- that I called "Tom Sawyer Island" is in its death throes as a place of mystery and guerrilla art -- or is being transformed into a park that will educate residents about wetlands. Take your pick of explanations.


I acknowledge progress but am feeling a little bereaved. When I was a kid and we moved to the 'burbs, there was a wild zone surrounding a little creek that ran between two sections of our development. It was overgrown with willows and other wet-place trees, and filled with thickets and wildflowers, plus places that frogs spawned. I spent a lot of time there. About three years after we moved there, the Powers That Be decreed that it should become a park and removed all the vegetation so that lawns and carefully chosen landscape trees and shrubs would sweep down to the stream. For me it lost all its charm. It had ceased to be a kid's place of exploration and had simply become another place reinvented by grownups. (I wrote an angry editorial for the elementary school paper about the "improvement" of Queen Anne Creek, but they deemed it too controversial. Cowards.)

Since we moved to Philly I've watched a succession of postindustrial wild zones become recreational areas, with former footpaths now asphalt-paved trails clogged with bikers, joggers, and mommies with their double-wide strollers. Sigh...

If you'd like to see the set of photos, before and after, for Tom Sawyer's Island, you can start here:

Date: 2012-07-05 07:41 pm (UTC)
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Yesterday afternoon I zoned out on the living room sofa, in the breeze of the electric fan. We had the air conditioning set at 80F, and that's what the thermostat said the temperature was. I was chilly!

You're doing way better than I am. I seem to have a problem with exhausting the air through my bedroom. Yesterday the temp in there was 78. I ran the a/c in the l.r. and at about 8:45 I shut it down and started the fans. I have (as you already saw) a new BIG FAN and it should move the air through my bedrooom, but it doesn't seem to. Before I went to bed the temp got up to 82 in there. I'm flummoxed - I can't have the fans blowing directly on me, it makes me achy.

When I got up this morning it was 'down' to 78. Today is somewhat more normal temps, although the afternoon sun will heat up the bedroom and spare room as the day wears on. Tomorrow is supposed to be HOT HOT HOT again.

I wish I could figure it out. I don't want to be cold. Just comfortable.

Date: 2012-07-05 09:03 pm (UTC)
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It's 93F in here right now and I'm almost ready to concede defeat and turn on the a/c. But not yet.

Date: 2012-07-05 09:53 pm (UTC)
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Good job tolerating the heat, especially as higher floors tend to be warmer.

Do you do anything to keep cool? I dampen a t-shirt and wear it in front of a fan, and it really works for me. Well, it works as long as the dew point is ~15 degrees or more less than the actual temp.

Date: 2012-07-06 12:22 pm (UTC)
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I have a small fan that I keep trained on me. My t-shirt is self-dampening, but I also keep a very thin and wet washcloth on the back of my neck. I periodically run it over my arms; I also hold it up in front of the fan for a minute to take advantage of evaporative cooling and then put it back. A meatier washcloth seems to trap the body heat, bleah.

There's also a "sweet spot" for the fan, where it boosts the weak a/c current that makes it upstairs and directs it to me. I suspect the Laura-zone temp may be a couple degrees cooler than what registers on the thermometer.

Still, it's supposed to be even hotter tomorrow so I think it's time to end this experiment. I've proven that I'm the Iron Woman...

Date: 2012-07-06 02:48 pm (UTC)
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LOL! It is ... I don't have a good word for it. It's a Good Thing to stretch your limits a bit, isn't it? Empowering, maybe that's the word.

Anyway, Ms. I Woman, yes, I believe you have proved your point. Let there be AC!


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