June 09, 2004

Summer in the City, etc.

It's going into the 90's today in NYC but the weatherman claimed that with the humidity, it will feel like over 100. As Mark Twain said, everyone complains about the weather but no one does anything about it. Well, I'm going to do something about it. I'm going to offer a hot weather tip I garnered from years of living in Louisiana. Wear undershirts men! Seems counterintuitive, right? Get hot, take off clothes, not put them on. That's the impulse, right? I tried this with great skepticism in New Orleans when I was urged to by a friend and native. He was right. A nice cotton undershirt will help keep you cooler. And you thought your mother was a nag for always telling you to dress in layers, right? You owe her an apology. Probably for a lot of reasons!

Another thing about summer in the city. In the residential neighborhoods, when liquids drip on you, most of the time that's not someone emptying a bed pan out the window. No, it's what I like to think of as "building spit". It's the discharge as the window AC units suck humidity out of the apartments and spit it on you as you go walking along. Not pleasant, but not as disgusting as you might initially think.

Posted by Random Penseur at June 9, 2004 07:59 AM
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