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Old 07-24-2006, 10:00 PM   #1
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It's hot here. Going to be in the upper 80s and humid through Thursday. It's never hot here. We have no air conditioning. We have only one fan. I can't sleep. Poor me.

My reading material seems boring and it is too hot to lay down and read. Greg is watching Deadwood on TV. Yuck.

How do you Texans live?

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How do you Texans live?
It involves a/c bills higher than your mortgage--until they have a rolling black-out.

Martha, you and C-T need to consider emmigrating the the Pacific Northwest. I wuz gonna say something to him on his rant about out-of-state taxation, but it was clearly too sensitive a subject.

Brat, give us a little support here, will you? It ain't Death Valley up here.

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It's hot at my house too, but I hate to grouse.* Didn't get above 90 all week, opened skylights and first floor windows to let the breeze blow through but my Norse blood complained of the heat.* Temp now,* 8:40 pm ,~70, watching a lovely sunset.*

For all of you who think that the showers in the Pacific NW are a pain, hold that thought.* Me, I would rather carry an umbrella against the rain than the sun.

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Gotcha, kid.

Wish I could afford to live there. (My wife and kids can, but not me.)

NOTE: I just now heard on the news that Calgary had rolling blackouts today.

Welcome to the real world, Canada.
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Ed, it really is do-able. Even Poulsbo is a civil commute to DT Seattle. Danes are welcome, they are known to have the best parties!!

For heaven's sake stay away from the Seattle area freeways!
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80's and 90's? Sheesh...you whining pansies...

Been over 100 between noon and 5:30 for almost a week straight. Over 110 highs three days in a row. And...we got a nice 14 hour power outage starting at 4:30PM last Saturday. Didn't drop below 90 in the house the whole time.

I measured the attic temps the other day, just for kicks. 160 degrees.

The A/C can't keep up - it's set at 78 and comes on at 7:00AM, and the best it can do is keep the interior at 83 once the mercury goes over 100 outside. I've got a neighbor I can't stand...but he's got a pool. He felt sorry for me when the power went out, watching me sit on my lawn chair in the sprinklers, and invited us over. I sucked it up and pretended to like him for a couple hours.

But am I whining? Uhh...yup.
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80's and 90's? Sheesh...you whining pansies...

Been over 100 between noon and 5:30 for almost a week straight. Over 110 highs three days in a row. And...we got a nice 14 hour power outage starting at 4:30PM last Saturday. Didn't drop below 90 in the house the whole time.

I measured the attic temps the other day, just for kicks. 160 degrees.

The A/C can't keep up - it's set at 78 and comes on at 7:00AM, and the best it can do is keep the interior at 83 once the mercury goes over 100 outside. I've got a neighbor I can't stand...but he's got a pool. He felt sorry for me when the power went out, watching me sit on my lawn chair in the sprinklers, and invited us over. I sucked it up and pretended to like him for a couple hours.

But am I whining? Uhh...yup.
DH has our DD's home remodel on the 'boards'.* There is now a product that applied to OSB or plywood that claims to reduce roof heat gain big time!!* It just made the specs.* Still thinking about rooftop solar for those days when the grid can't keep up.
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How do you Texans live?
Everything is air conditioned. It's a big part of the reason why the state is now home to 3 of the top ten most populous cities in the country. Before AC only crazy people would live here.
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Historical note: Air conditioning was invented in Florida [like Tupperware--for a reason] in an effort to relieve yellow fever sufferers.

Irony: the doctor who tried it put mosquito netting around his patients for another reason, seemingly improving the situation.
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Yep, been 115 here the last three days and we're close to rolling blackouts.

Go buy yourself a crappy 5000 btu eensy weensy window air conditioner and stick it in the window. Its probably not big enough to cool your whole bedroom to 65 degrees, but compressors are most efficient when they run all the time (and it will), and that'll give you some cool comfort and some humidity reduction. And its small and cheap enough to not matter much...saw some at the sams club today for $83.

If your windows wont take a window ac, get a portable. Saw some at costco for $299.

Pools...you dont need to suck up to the awful neighbors...the blue Intex style pools (the ones where you blow up a collar and then fill with water) are just great. Under $50 for an 8' model, around $200-250 for a 15-18 foot deluxe. They come with filter pumps and replaceable filter elements. Really easy to maintain, just add a little chlorine now and then and test/adjust the ph with the standard chemicals you'll find in the same aisle you bought the pool in.

We spent a couple of hours in our little 8 footer today...
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Uh-oh, maybe it's global warming. Better buy an AC before the prices rise.
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This is when I get revenge for all the cold weather digs in the winter*

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Martha,
I'm in Taos, NM and the temp. is great. Yesterday I hiked in the mountains and I had to put on more clothes to keep warm. I slept with the window open and no A/C. Sorry to rub it in ... just wanted to let you know there are some good places to go to get out of the heat.
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Upper 80's?? It was 100 degrees by the Pacific Ocean on Saturday. I'm sure Jarhead and CFB are crispy critters (lving inland Cali and all) by now. :P
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Before AC only crazy people would live here.
Hey! Some of us were teenagers before we had AC, and I wasn't...I'm not... OK, nevermind.

My FIL, age 87, lives in west TX and has no AC even thought we bought and installed two window units for him. He removed one and unplugged the other. Said they were unhealthy.

We don't stay long when we visit him in the summer.
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111 here the other day but thank the Lord that the humidity was 17%. I cannot fathom what it was like up in ND last week at 117. We are kind of used to hot and cold weather extremes in KS but if you're not accustomed to one or the other it can be fatal.
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I remember as a kid only having a window fan that sucked in air and circulated through the house.(MS) I don't remember complaining but then came our first window a/c unit. Hasn't been the same since. Our power was out last summer for a week due to Katrina and I thought I would die. Getting soft in my old age. Now I dream of rving in the northwest during the summers.* 8)

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I am working this morning solely for the air conditioning.

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Hot in Texas? HA! It's been getting hotter and hotter since heading north west from Texas.

Moab Utah - 106 degrees!!!
Idaho - still 102/103
Northeastern Oregon - still topping 100s.

The crazy thing is that Portland OR is seeing 100s! Seattle is suffering.

It was only in the 90s when we left Texas.

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I am working this morning solely for the air conditioning.

If you ever move to Minneapolis, you should get A/C - We get plenty of hot weather here. Yesterday it was 96. The same thing today. And it's humid.

Not to rub it in, but when we are running our A/C, all the cool air drops to our lower level (as we have an open staircase) and the temperature goes to 65 degrees with the themostat set at 77 for the upstairs. So we sleep in the downstairs bedroom and use a down comforter to 'warm up'.
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