Okay, it’s not quite that hot—just lower nineties.
Still, I have not yet put my air conditioner in the window, relying instead on a fan.
Why? One, I don’t like air conditioning.
Oh, I appreciate it when it’s sweltering enough to melt my face, but it is a brittle appreciation, one driven more by annoyance at the necessity of the a/c than a delight in the artificial cool it brings.
Two, I prefer fan-in-window cooling at night to that of the a/c. The fan, strategically aimed (well, okay, propped slant-wise in the window) at my bed, delivers an even cooling on a low hum throughout the night. The a/c, on the other hand, cycles on and off as the room warms then cools then warms then cools.
Not a nice even cool.
Three, I don’t like air conditioning.
What, have I mentioned that? Okay, um. . . yeah, so I don’t like a/c at night.
I’ve mentioned that, too? Well, the fan-in-window has worked the past couple of nights and has afforded me (or would have afforded me, had Jasper not been an asshole) delightful nights of sleep.
Four, I’m cheap. A fan costs less to run than a/c.
Five, it hasn’t, really, been that bad. I don’t like 90-degree weather, and while it’s been hot and humid, the weather has not devolved into the beastly, by which I mean: I can sit in my apartment with the fan and not constantly be thinking about how miserable I am.
Six, I’m teaching this month, so manage to be out of my apartment during the worst part of the day.
Seven, this heat wave is supposed to break tomorrow night. I can wait it out.
I’d really like to get through the summer without shoving the a/c unit into one of my few windows, but if the heat gets to the point where it immiserates rather than merely annoys me, then shove it I will.
The a/c into the window, I mean.
Warning: So begins the series of wailing-and-gnashing-of-teeth posts about summer. At some point there’ll be a post in which I announce I’ve cut off all my hair (probably titled ‘And then she cut off all my hair’) and one, in August, in which I announce “I hate everything”. No, I’m not planning these things: I just know they’re gonna happen.