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    How would you stay cool during the summer should electricity be disrupted for a long period of time?

    I was sitting here thinking of ways my grandparents used to cool down in the summer since they had no ac.

    I remember my grandmother used to hang wet sheets around the porch and we would sit and enjoy the cool breeze as they dried.

    My grandfather would place a wet cloth around his neck while working in the garden. I can also remember he used to apply rubbing alcohol to his arms and neck in the evenings before retiring to the porch.

    For us kids, there was always a huge tub of water to splash around in. :)

    Your turn... :D

  • #2
    great post!

    Big pitcher of lemonade :)

    or if you are roughing it with electricity or generator u could try a swamp cooler?
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    • #3
      Hah! I remember swamp coolers from the Marine Corp. I had forgotten about those things.
      My grand dad had a ice-fan. It was a circulating fan of about 14" in Dia. and it had a small box in front that you filled with ice.. Mmmm I wonder what happend to that thing?
      We are talking the late 60's my freinds. We sat there in front of it and watch the first man land on the moon on a 19" B&W TV on a cafe wheeled cart. (remember those things?)
      I have wet sheets, rang them out good and slept pretty good in the Islands with just a ceiling fan and the night air.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Lostinoz View Post
        How would you stay cool during the summer should electricity be disrupted for a long period of time?

        I was sitting here thinking of ways my grandparents used to cool down in the summer since they had no ac.

        I remember my grandmother used to hang wet sheets around the porch and we would sit and enjoy the cool breeze as they dried.

        My grandfather would place a wet cloth around his neck while working in the garden. I can also remember he used to apply rubbing alcohol to his arms and neck in the evenings before retiring to the porch.

        For us kids, there was always a huge tub of water to splash around in. :)

        Your turn... :D
        or a fast splash in a near creek!!!:)

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        • #5
          Oh Yeah! I remember swamp coolers from living in the Mojave desert. They are really nice.
          I remember the wet sheet thing too. Mom would hang a couple in the kitchen in front of the windows and we'd all sit around on the floor and play jacks or fish. Great memories! Okay, I'm old.
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          • #6
            just thinking of sitting in the creek at the water fall with the water flowing over my shoulders with a ice cold creek cooled bud light aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
            the pack that plays together stays together

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            • #7
              Budlight

              Someone say budlight:D:confused::D
              Honey its just the cats, Put that @#$%ing thing away!

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              • #8
                We use the wet cloths on our heads...well, my dad did and I used to make fun of it, till I started doing it myself!:p
                When all else fails, I head to the basement.

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                • #9
                  My mom always told us to sleep with our heads at the foot of the bed. It seemed cooler, I guess because of more air circulation.

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                  • #10
                    Ever hear of these things? http://coolcollars.net/index.html

                    We used to make them, they would be GREAT for a BOB. All it takes is a large handkerchief and some of this stuff http://www.planthealthcare.com/HT/Wa...raSorbHydrogel

                    Fold the hankie in half, sew a line across it, making a tube and close one end of the tube. Put in ONLY about a tablespoon of the Terra-Sorb. Sew the other end of the tube closed.

                    What do you have? A flat hankie, right? Now put it into water. The stuff swells up HUGELY. You wear it around your neck, it keeps the back of your neck cool - almost cold. Of course, that's where your bodies' temperature regulator is, so you are much cooler! And the beauty is, you can resoak it or let it dry out. When it dries out, it's a flat hankie again!

                    You may have to experiment on how much to use in your cool collars, if the stuff oozes out the pores of the hankie, you know you used too much (yes, that's the voice of experience speaking). Won't hurt you a bit, but will get your shirt all wet (may not be a bad thing!).
                    "If Howdy Doody runs against him, I'm voting for the puppet." - SkyOwl's Wife, 2012

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                    • #11
                      Interesting, Terra Sorb to keep cool. Makes perfect sence. I have used it for gardening in AZ & TX, and it works great. I have about 5lbs of it here, may have to experiment...
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                      • #12
                        i work outside year round. to keep cool, wear long sleeve shirts buttoned up as high as you can stand. your sweat will soak the shirt and the wind will cool you down. also keeps you from getting sunburn.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bart View Post
                          i work outside year round. to keep cool, wear long sleeve shirts buttoned up as high as you can stand. your sweat will soak the shirt and the wind will cool you down. also keeps you from getting sunburn.
                          Ok Bart, I am now convinced my husband has a double. :D He always tells me the same thing, but I just can't handle that long-sleeve shirt, not even in winter. But, I will do what I have to do. :)

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