Monday, July 20, 2009

Good Eats

Birthdays are fun when its not you getting older! My better half celebrated another revolution on father times clock and the family was kind enough to see that we stuffed ourselves. With so many offspring's we have to split our time between them. One family took us out for lunch at Joe's Crab Shack, where we enjoyed the sea food and ocean view. Later that evening another group took us for Mexican food. The rest of the evening was spent nursing our overloaded guts and watching television.
Looking back into memory vault I am trying to remember just how we survived heat waves in the 50s. Air conditioning was something only the most wealthy would have had. I do remember a water cooled contraption that we had for our car, it sat on the hump between driver and passenger and plugged into the cigarette lighter. It was great for cooling the legs of front seat passengers. Home cooling was a matter of getting a #2 galvanized wash tub and filling it with ice and placing a fan behind it to blow the cool air, worked great as long you didn't move from in front of it.
Those of us who still haven't achieved the luxury of air conditioning or the means to pay for the electricity still rely on some of these old remedies of cooling from the past


  1. Happy Birthday to your wife. Anyway to beat the heat is hard to do. I would go back to the old ways you described. Sounds like a good idea to me :)

  2. Oh, Dad, remember the old swamp cooler that used to sit in our living room window? Or filling it with water in just the right way so that it squirted onto whomever was sitting near it? Ha ha! I even remember school closures because of poor air quality when it got to be too hot.

    You know, you guys could always come and hang out with me in the a/c of the OC. :)