Monday, June 20, 2011

HEAT WAVE


HEAT WAVE

THANKS LORD FOR AIR CONDITIONING!

A friend and I were talking today- he grew up in Louisiana and I in Florida. As kids we played in this heat all day and it never phased us. We would turn on the attic fan at night, crack the jalousie (sp?) windows...(the small panes of glass)...that I had to buy out of my allowance after breaking them with one type of ball or another! USUALLY WAKING UP SHIVERING AND GRABBING FOR THE COVERS!
IT WORKED!

I remember we finally got a small window A/C unit for the house and thought we were in Heaven. But you were acclimatized, and dealt with it. I often worked summers in Dad's Orange Groves and the temps easily hit 120 inside the shielded black dirt of those groves. We would also CAMP out on those hot summer nights, alternately reading by flashlight and swatting skeeters!

Football practice in high school was something else. In the summer we had two a days. 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, two hours each in full pads. We ate salt tablets like candy and had to weigh before and after practice, sometimes losing 4-5 lbs in water! Cramps were a way of life.

One hot summer day there was a strange cooler on the field, and Coach gave us a strange brew to drink. It was Orange and tasted salty. We later learned it was an EXPERIMENTAL drink sent from the University of Fl, to several High Schools to TRY IT OUT!



YOU GUESSED IT--

GATORADE!



WE WERE THE TEST SUBJECTS BACK IN THE LATE 60'S EARLY 70'S!
HOW COOL IS THAT!

LOVE YOU ALL-BE BLESSED AND COMFORTABLE,

JMc