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Friday Cat Blogging

Too Hot To Move

Friday Cat Blogging


[Editor: A rerun because everyone is in hiding in a dark if not terribly cool place. The heat index was 117° on Thursday, and while only 108° on Wednesday, the inside cats are recovering from the replacement of the air conditioner that gave up the ghost on Tuesday morning. While the new unit is more efficient, it achieves that by being a steady performer, not an instant cooler. Everyone is a bit cranky around here.]

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1 jams O'Donnell { 07.23.10 at 2:17 am }

Aww with tempertatures like that I bet shad is at a premium.

2 jams O'Donnell { 07.23.10 at 2:20 am }

not just shad but shade too!

3 Steve Bates { 07.23.10 at 8:38 am }

jams, you’re livin’ on Shad Roe now! 🙂

Stay cool, Bryan. This is no time to lose the A/C… but I’m telling you something you know. If it’s a window unit, my experience is that they always choose the hottest day of the summer to go out, and yours seems to have gone true to form. Please stay healthy.

4 Bryan { 07.23.10 at 12:29 pm }

Fortunately, Jams we still have some trees, and the older houses, like mine, are elevated with space underneath for shade, but that doesn’t help with the humidity. Sweat doesn’t cool in this kind of weather, it just drips.

Yeah, Steve, only about 15 years out of that unit. It lasted a good while, but it was definitely a heavy sucker, and swapping them out involved getting a wooden window swollen from the humidity and sealed with paint to move.

5 paintedjaguar { 07.23.10 at 1:30 pm }

OT – an amusing comment on John Scalzi’s blog.

Hi! I’m a programmer. I write programs.

Some of those programs are for you eloi to use. Those are applications. Others are for my fellow morlocks. Those we generally call tools. Some are for other programs to use. Those are services. We also make some things with more esoteric purposes, or no purpose at all. Those are still programs, but they are not apps.

I hope that clears it up. The reason everything on a Commodore 64 was a program? There were no eloi then. It was a simpler time. But we morlocks eat better now, so I’m not complaining.

6 Badtux { 07.23.10 at 6:16 pm }

Wow, and I thought I was feeling out of sorts when the heat index hit 98 here a couple of weeks ago! Sadly, air conditioning is still just a dream for me… luckily it cooled down a bit the past few days. Still way too hot for a penguin.

– Badtux the Overheated Penguin

7 Bryan { 07.23.10 at 9:11 pm }

They make efficient window units that run on 110v and give you 6500 btu performance for $150, Badtux. It might not drop the temperature a lot in a large space, but it dumps the humidity so that sweating helps.

BTW, TMF is displaying the correct “dump the heat” posture and helping to reduce his temperature by exposing his stomach like that.

8 paintedjaguar { 07.24.10 at 12:58 am }

We used a swamp cooler when I was a kid — a window AC sized box with a fan in the top and water reservoir in the bottom. Can’t remember how effective it actually was in a humid summer.

9 oldwhitelady { 07.24.10 at 9:14 am }

It may be a rerun, but it sure is a cute rerun. Sleepy is always fun to see – and so is little Holy Terror biding his time, waiting to attack! Good gravy, it must be a relief to get the AC back on. It’s been really hot, here, too. I have a small portable AC unit that has been working overtime. A box fan, swivel fan, and ceiling fan also help relieve the heat.

10 Bryan { 07.24.10 at 7:56 pm }

My Dad built one, PJ, when we lived down here the first time, as he and my Mom had one when they were stationed in Arizona. It apparently worked in Arizona, but wasn’t very effective on the bayou. Without the evaporation, it just made things worse, rather than better.

OWL, I have and use all kinds of air moving devices, but it doesn’t help much when the humidity maxes out. Before the new unit did any real cooling, the dehumidifying made things noticeably better. Yes, Sleepy does ‘cute’ very effectively.