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July 2011 - American Summer - East Coast Heat Wave - How are we Americans making the best of it? How to stay cool!

Updated on July 24, 2011

Hello everyone from the East Coast of the United States!

I live on Long Island, a peninsula, jutting out 118 miles to the east of New York City, ending in a lighthouse area called Montawk Point, which is located in the "fork". Long Island has given us such famous people as Ray Romano, Pat Benetar, Twisted Sister, Eddie Money, Jerry Seinfeld, Cyndi Lauper, Alec Baldwin and the Baldwin brothers, and others.

OK, to the point. The thermometer says 99 degrees, but it feels like 115 in New York (113 in Philadelphia, 112 degrees in Chicago, 112 degrees in Boston. It is freaking hot! Even, Atlanta has the nickname of "Hot Lanta" and it is cooler down south there and in Florida.

My air conditioner broke today, so my family had the privilege of sleeping in heat and waking up in pools of sweat. We have a couple of fans, but as you know, all fans do is push hot air. I am having a nice ball here.

I went for a jog in the park. I may train for the marathon and run it in 5 or 7 years and cannot use the heat wave as a excuse. I did all of this today without jumping into a cold pool or the beach. I could have went to a friend's pool, but decided to stay home in the heat and write a hub. LOL

My family has decided to go to a family member for air conditioning until we get new air conditioners. I volunteered to brave the heat and stay indoor in the hot air overnight until I can go to a local store like Best Buy, Walmart, or PC Richards, which are all within 2 miles of each other in a town called Bay Shore, which is the next town over. So far, I have slept in the heat alone in a house while the rest of my family is jumping in pools and sleeping in the cool air conditioned air. I am holding up well.

Here is what I am doing to stay cool:

  1. Drinking tons of water. So far, I have had 12 4 oz glasses of water, so that is 48 ounces, just shy of the 64 ounce recommendation. Ice cold water is my best friend.
  2. Jumped in the shower four times for 5 minutes to cool off. That is fine. I jump in for 3 to 5 minutes and I feel refreshed.
  3. Going for a jog. Yes, some of you are thinking that exercise in the heat wave makes you warmer, but it actually cools me off, ironically enough.

Really, that is it. Today, I am buying not one air conditioner, but two and once I install them both, I am calling my family to come back and I will take them out to dinner.

Stay refreshed! Stay Cool!


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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      Angelique, I still like to stay outdoors and enjoy the sun, but ironically enough, when I wrote this hub, I also went to the mall that day.

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      Angelique Newman 6 years ago from Canada

      Another way to stay cool is to go shopping--you have to love those air condition malls :)

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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      Hey marellen, I am about to go out and buy it. My wife is surprised I have not yet. LOL

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      marellen 6 years ago

      I'm in Cali and understand what heat is all about. We have heard about the heat wave you are experiencing. Sounds like you are doing all the right things to keep cool. I hope you now have your A/C going and your family is home.