Legal and Illegal Ways to Stay Cool

Are you sorry for this girl?

She is "hot," in two ways. Looks and room temperature.
She is "hot," in two ways. Looks and room temperature.

"COOL" IMAGES

Oscillating Fan.
Oscillating Fan.
Bathtub.
Bathtub.
Big Beach Umbrella.
Big Beach Umbrella.
Block of Ice.,
Block of Ice.,
Long Boat Rides.
Long Boat Rides.
Industrial Fans.
Industrial Fans.
Lawn Sprinkler.
Lawn Sprinkler.
Hand-Fan.  (See girl at bottom left).
Hand-Fan. (See girl at bottom left).
Outside Showers.
Outside Showers.
Water Balloon.
Water Balloon.
Waterfalls.
Waterfalls.
Water Guns.
Water Guns.

You do not need me to tell you that summer has arrived. And how it has arrived with temperatures (where I live) in the triple-digits for days on end. That is hot, friends. Makes me wish for an early fall, but since I am not that powerful, I will just be content to keep the world on its axis and the universe running smoothly.


How do you stay cool? Most of you automatically said, "air conditoner," because I heard you through the screen. And you are wise for using the old reliable air conditioner to keep cool when you come inside from mowing grass, washing the car or playing 18-holes of golf. That would make anyone melt like a cheap grape popcicle.


But did you also know that being in an air conditioned home for long periods of time can lead to fainting or even a heat stroke when you do have to venture outside in the blazing sun. That is true. And the same principle applies to a heater in winter time. A deer hunter told me years ago that he didn't suffer from head colds in the winter for he balanced his time on the inside and outside and not giving his body a sudden shock when it changed from extreme hot to extreme cold. That made a world of sense to me. And I wasn't even a deer hunter.


Me? I like to keep cool the fun ways. Anyone can sit beside an air conditioner running wide-open and nap the day away, but I like to add the spice of adventure to my systems of staying cool. Plus when you add grandkids, neighbors and friends, you have yourself a "Summer Cool-Off Party," equipped with laughter, relaxation, exercise and some warm fellowship when someone inevitably whips-out their grill for some tasty burgers and hotdogs.


My point? Why just sit in a cool house when you can be cool outside and have fun in the process? Everyone likes fun. Good clean fun. So why not try out my "Legal and Illegal Ways to Keep Cool."


1) USE AN OLD-FASHIONED OSCILLATING FAN like the one in the photo to right. This is a 1919 Robins and Meyers oscillating fan that people who were "uptown" used in the old days when the sun bore down on them. How is this fun? Well how many people in 2012 do you know who use an oscillating fan? Talk about being "Mr. or Ms. Popular In The Neighborhood," this trusty device will elevate you from obscure to "somebody." I can just hear the popular kid in your neighborhood, "Tommy Steele," cry, "hey, let's go to Mr. Tumblestone's house! He has an outer space cooling device."


2) THE BATHTUB is more than a place to get clean. Shucks, just tell your wife and kids that you have some "private" mediating to do and sneak to the bathroom, turn on the cold water and sit in the cool tub while others are panting like over-worked hunting dogs. This can be turned into fun by simply yelling, "snake in the house!" and no sooner than the words leave your lips than you are all alone, by your lonesome staying cooler than a cucumber.


3) HAVE A SCAVENGER HUNT with neighborhood kids. Head to the nearest beach and give this crowd of teen's about $45.00 to start a diversion on the beach causing people who are sitting under those big beach umbrellas to run to see what the commotion is all about while you, the resourceful guy, takes his leisurely-time and sits under the beach umbrella of his choice. WARNING: The people who left in a scamper will come back, so when they do arrive and complain about you "hogging their umbrella," just look stupid and say, "soooo, this is yours? Uhhh, me sorry. I got lost." They should believe you. But if you do get arrested, just remember, police stations all have air conditioning.


4) BLOCK OF ICE attached to your bicycle. Stay cool and get in some needed-exercise too. Who else but you would think up such a novel way to stay cool by using a block of ice like they used in the 1930's and 40's? You will be the talk of the neighborhood when you whiz by on your bike with your butt sitting on this nice cool block of ice. Don't gloat too much as you pass your sweat-soaked neighbors or you might hurt their feelings.


5) BOAT RIDES are great to keep you cool. Some boat rides are free. Just make sure that the boat ride is for hours, not half hours. You want to be cool, not just slightly cool. Slip the boat owner an extra $20.00 to keep you out for an extra two hours. He will appreciate it and your friends will love you for it.


6) INDUSTRIAL FANS are the perfect way for staying cool when you are outside hosting a barbecue, playing tennis or croquet, or even practicing your putting. The cost of these fans may be a bit steep, but can you really put a price on your comfort? Why drown in your own sweat when you can own a sturdy industrial fan and be as cool as the other side of the pillow? This idea is one of my favorites. TIP: search Google for huge factories that are shutting-down and you could buy one of their industrial fans "for a song."


7) DARE THE KIDS NEXT DOOR to see if they can wet you with their lawn sprinkler. This will cool you off and give them some good fun too. Just say, "kids, I dare you to see if you can wet me with your flimsy lawn sprinkler," and then it's on. But you will have to "act" like you are failing and fall down in the cool, refreshing mist that the sprinkler is producing. Sure the kids will laugh their heads off at you, actually the entire block with laugh their heads off at you, but you will be the cool guy with a huge smile on his mug.


8) HAND FANS are very stylish, especially when a pretty lady uses one. But the women who used to use hand fans knew that the fan served two purposes: 1. it kept them cool in the summer and 2. it gave them that "mysterious" look that men love and soon they had themselves a husband. All because of a hand fan. Men can use hand fans too. If they are secure in their masculinity.


9) OUTSIDE SHOWERS are found near private camp grounds in some states. If you own some timberland, just get out the old McCullough chainsaw you keep in the utility room and whack down a few trees and look out, you now have a camping area all your own. The materials for an outside shower can be found at any Home Depot or Lowe's and what a thrill you and the family will have when you can camp and take cool showers outside with walls so no "peeping Tom's" can see you.


10) USE THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS again to have a huge water balloon fight. And again, you will have to "act" like you are lousy at this game. Let the kids pelt you with one delightful water balloon after another. Laugh and "beg for mercy." See how cool you can be? And how well-thought of you are to the neighborhood parents who adore you for taking care of their kids giving them some needed "me time."


11) DIVE OFF OF A WATERFALL that is not too high. I don't want you hurting yourself. Find a waterfall that you can handle and invite the wife and kids along to see how brave and a "he man like Charles Atlas" you are by daring the waterfall to "dance with you." It's bomb's away when you perform a perfect swan dive into the chilly water below, but what a rush that will cool you right off. And the wife will get a certain twinkle in her eye at seeing her husband of 35 years suddenly be strong and daring again just like the night when she fell in-love with you.


12) WATER GUNS and I don't mean those puny water squirts, but those new "Atomic Water Blasters," found at Walmart. You have to pump these puppies up to build the air pressure and soon, you will be dowsed with gallons of fresh, cool water to soothe your burning body. First you have to go to the same kids and say,"bet none of you can hit me with those water guns over there!" Then stand and sneer at them. What an afternoon of cool fun in July you will have. And no mess to clean up either.


Those are 12 "safe and mostly-legal ways," to stay cool.

Here are "Five Unsafe and Illegal Ways" to stay cool. (Hey, I have to be fair.)


1) SITTING BESIDE a busy interstate highway, on your behind, allowing the breezes caused by the massive amounts of vehicles whizzing by to keep you cool. Cops frown upon this one, my friend.


2) STANDING BEHIND aircraft with propellers at your local airport. This might keep you cool for a moment, but again, cops and the F.A.A. both frown on this one.


3.) WALKING BESIDE a busy railroad track and letting the air from freight trains keep you from having a heat stroke. I'm so sorry to tell you this, but see Tip No. 1, about how cops frown on this approach to staying cool.


4) DANCING ON YOUR ROOFTOP and actually "daring" God to send a rainstorm. NOTE: please do not do this. Being cool is one thing, but making God angry is another. Oh, He is truly merciful and may honor your "cooling-off dance," but in your rainstorm that you are dancing for, you could be given a bonus lightning bolt that takes you out of this life. Again, do not do this one.

I like having you around. Hot or cool.


5) RUNNING BEHIND city busses in Atlanta, Georgia; New York City or any big city and let the air from the bus hit you to stay cool. Let me tell you that in with the air is diesel fuel fumes and heat that will cause you to faint in temperatures that reach 100 +. Do not be stupid and try this one. Besides can you really stand to be arrested by merciless New York cops who also laugh at you and then toss you into a cell where "real" criminals who have heard of your exploit will also laugh their butts off at you.


That covers it, my friends. Hope you have all learned something about staying cool, both legal and illegal.


I am only looking out for you, friends. Oh excuse me while I take my mid-afternoon soak in my over-sized indoor pool that I had installed for, uhhh, my wife. Yeah, my wife. That's it. It is unfortunate that she is in town doing some shopping.


SPECIAL NOTICE: when summer and fall are over, I will publish a hub that I have locked-away somewhere that will tell you "The Easiest Ways to Stay Warm and Crispy in Winter Time," okay?


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Sweaty and uncomfortable. Use creative ways to  stay cool.
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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

This is an awesome hub Kenneth! You had me cracking up the whole time! Loved it to death! I will try not to stand behind a propeller or sit in the middle of a road! Great advice, LOL Voted up and many more, and sharing!


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Grace D. 4 years ago from Missouri

That was extremely entertaining. I think I will go take a bath now. Can't wait to learn how to stay warm.~Grace


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Hehehehe!! Super cool Ken!


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Jeff Gamble 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

I tried running my toy trains at top speed and putting my face close to the track but it just wasn't the same - Coolest Hub ever


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Hi Kenneth,

A cool hub with great cooling tips from a cool hubber. If you come to India, you will find middle class homes having 'ceiling fans' whirring away during the day while aircons are meant only for the night to give you a restful sleep. Loved the illegal ways :) Very nice hub! Sharing it across to share the fun with my hubber friends.


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chamilj 4 years ago from Sri Lanka

Cool Hub!


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anusujith 4 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

very interesting hub... Your suggestions stay always to cool. Especially in my land hot atmosphere make us sweaty and unhealthy. refreshing our body and mind is the first basic exercise to grow...


Giselle Maine 4 years ago

My favorite was the lawn sprinkler idea. This is another of your wonderfully funny hubs, I love reading these.


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

Good advice. I can just picture you riding on a bike with a huge block of ice under your bottom...so funny! Lets pray it cools down some soon!


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lupine 4 years ago from Southern California (USA)

Liked #7, cool off and get your lawn watered at the same time, even better with someone else's water. Very amusing.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thanks a Million, Josh,

and another thing, "DO NOT Bob for Apples with vinegar in the tub with the apples," the taste is awful and vinegar will not cool you off like water. This is a FREE tip to celebrate the 4th tomorrow.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Grace D.,

Very nice comment. Good idea. I may take a bath is the creek is up this evening. And the How to Stay Warm, Toasty and Crispy this fall, hey, this one will open some eyes, save on some power bills and make us better Americans.

Kenneth


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Hahaha, thanks for the great tip Ken! :) You are welcome!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, unknown spy . . .Thank you, DEAR friend. Is "unknown" your international spy name? Just asking. But if I have "opened up a bad can of worms," which do not keep us cool either, Im sorry.

Love your hubs and comments.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Josh, you are very welcome. I think you get the hang of staying cool now, so share with someone else, say, your girlfriend or wife.

Thanks!

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Jeff,

I see what you did wrong. If you dont mind some creative criticism, buy the Lionel Big Train Collection . . .that one will fry your skin its so fast and talk about the cool wind . . .and you dont have to literally HOLD your face against the tracks . . .errr, Ive been told.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Raminiki!

Thanks so much for YOUR comment that is so delightful. When I am blessed to travel again, I will make it my business to visit YOUR country and bring back to America, more ways to stay cool.

Okay?

Have a great day!

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

@ Reminiki, I am so sorry. I misspelled your name. Forgive me.

Your friend, Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, chamilj,

And I apprecite your kind remark. I do my best to make my followers happy and have some laughs.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thank you, kindly, anusujith, I mean to do my best to make my followers' life have comfort of mind, body and soul. Plus plenty of good laughter. Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Giselle,

Thank you, dear friend. I liked the sprinkler tip also. When it gets hot like it is where I live in northwest Alabama, you start being creative in how to stay cool without killing yourself with hard work.

Thank YOU for your VALUED friendship and following.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Dear catgypsy . . .bring it. The bike and block of ice. I may win money by betting people how LONG I can stand that ice on my hind quarters, then give my winnings to "2 People planning a Trip to The Big Apple." Is this nice or what?

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, dear Lupine,

you got it. Getting your own lawn watered with someone else's water. But to add to that . . .always invite them in for a cup of coffee.

Kenneth

PS. Nice things breed nice things.


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lupine 4 years ago from Southern California (USA)

Kenneth, Yes, you're right, let's have a cup of coffee together, while we are on hubpages. Have a happy 4th of July.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear lupine,

suits me. What about on Thursday, July 5? I will log on with my coffee in hand and look for you.

Okay?

Have youself one great Fourth!

Kenneth


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

Aha...fund raising for the Big Apple trip...very clever!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear catgypsy . . ."don't you know it!" Thanks a million.

Kenneth


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sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

You are so, so COOL, Kenneth. The block ice on the bike is my favorite.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

LOL, sligobay, I love your comment--"you are so COOL," with the emphasis on COOL. Thanks for this comment. I needed cheering-up at 12:29 a.m., CDST, on July 15!

Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Your cool friend, KENNETH

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