Several years ago, I did some extensive research into air conditioning. Not much came of it except this column in USA Today. However, I continue to be fascinated by the question of how to deal with summer heat without sitting inside in the AC all day.
The temperatures hit the mid-90s both days this weekend, and I spent quite a bit of time outside. A big strategy: running early. Jane and I ran 8.2 miles on Saturday morning, starting at 7 a.m. It was not easy but the heat wasn’t so much the reason. I am just…out of shape.
We stayed in the shade a lot too. I got timed tickets for the zoo on Sunday morning and we’d always find a little shady patch from which to view the animals. I spent a lot of time hanging out on my covered porch. Water helps. I took kids in the pool both days around 3 p.m., after avoiding being outside from about noon until then. We went on an evening walk with my parents on Sunday, and even though the thermometer read 90, as the sun was starting to go down a nice breeze had kicked up, and it felt fairly…good. (And pretty! See the photo on this post.)
Now, granted, this is Pennsylvania (or New Jersey in the case of the walk). The humidity wasn’t so terrible, and 90 is about as hot as it gets here. Still, it was nice to realize that my resolution to get outside for at least 20 minutes a day can be pleasant even in the hottest part of summer. If in winter it’s all about the gear, in summer it’s often about the timing. It’s the rare night that sitting outside on the porch at 8:30 p.m. with a glass of wine won’t be lovely.
In other news: The New Corner Office ebook launches tomorrow. Please check it out! If you read it, please consider writing a review…and then letting me know so I can thank you.
My Medium column on how to come up with great ideas ran last week. The best practice? Do something effortless and habitual, so your brain is a little occupied (to beat boredom) but not so stimulated that you don’t think. This is why driving and showering seem so fruitful.