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10 benefits of a heat wave

July 25, 2012

A friend recently gave me a challenge. “You are always upbeat and you can find something good in every situation, but I’ve got you now,” he said. “I bet that you can’t come up with 10 good things about a heat wave or drought.”

Well, that started me thinking and, yes I can come up with a few things that are good about a heat wave and drought, although I’ll admit some of them are a bit weak. However, I will never duck a challenge to be optimistic, even about lousy weather. It had been a long stretch of hot, dry weather and I never thought I’d think a temperature of 90 degrees would be welcomed.

Let me first say, there really isn’t anything funny about a heat wave or a drought. Extremely hot weather can be life threatening and if it doesn’t rain soon, farmers will suffer and we will to, with higher grocery prices.

Number One: If your lawn looks bad, don’t worry about it. Everybody’s lawn looks like it belongs in the middle of a desert. Besides if it looks green, you are helping the city by buying a lot of water. For the most part, you don’t have to mow your lawn every week. I know that there are some like me who enjoy mowing. I’m sure that you can find a good book at the library and enjoy it in air conditioned comfort. Don’t worry about the exercise as you can always spend more time working out at the YMCA.

Number Two: you don’t have to feel guilty about watching the Royals’ baseball games on television. After all, it is too hot to do anything else.

Number Three: The Bonner Springs City Band concerts have utilized the high school cafeteria or auditorium for three of its weekly programs. It is air conditioned and the sound is excellent. Actually, the ice cream, cake, pie, cookies, etc., taste just as good inside, but no, the jokes aren’t any funnier. As an aside, the final regular season concert will be at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Number Four: You really don’t have to worry where you left your umbrella because you haven’t needed to carry it very often this summer. Well, you might need it for shade if you attended a kids’ game at one of the area parks.

Number Five: You always have an excuse for going to the swimming pool. If you visit the aquatic center, don’t forget the sun blocker as you could get a terrible burn. However, that’s not a problem at the YMCA. Really, it is far too hot to sunbathe anyway.

Number Six: It has been hotter than this before. Pity the poor folk during the dust bowl who had to face three or so years of extreme heat, with long stretches of hundred degree weather and were in the middle of a Great Depression with about 20 percent unemployment. Maybe we don’t have it so bad after all.

Number Seven: In the “good old days” there wasn’t much air conditioning around. If you had a quarter or so, you could go to an air cooled movie. Now we leave our air conditioned home, get into our air conditioned car and drive to an air conditioned work place. We repeat the steps that night and enjoy the wonders of modern air conditioning. I’m the first to agree that central air conditioning is wonderful. Well, that is until I receive the electric bill.

Number Eight: I am old enough to remember the blistering summer of 1953. At the Garnett Anderson Countian, we were thankful for fans that stirred the air around. In those days, hot lead was the basis of printing and I was assigned to go to work at 5 a.m. to melt and deal with the process. Now, the lead had to be heated to 600 degrees so you can get an idea how hot it was in the windowless office even early in the morning. I’m glad that printing has changed and that I’m retired and no longer have to deal with such problems.

Number Nine: I am also glad that I’m a football fan, not a player. I remember two-a-day practices. Two-a-days were never fun. Since the first high school football game is Aug. 31, I hope the heat wave will be gone. Remember, hopefully pleasant fall weather is just around the corner.

Number Ten: It is only four months until December and we will be complaining about zero temperatures, ice and snow. By that time we will have forgotten about the heat wave of 2012.

In the meantime, remember all of the safety rules and hopefully you are able to keep relatively cool during this heat wave.


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