Oh please, baby, please, baby! Bring it ON!
SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS SOUTH
CENTRAL TEXAS AND THE HILL COUNTRY THROUGH THIS EVENING. SOME OF
THESE STORMS COULD BECOME VERY STRONG…WITH WIND GUSTS NEAR 50
MPH…SMALL HAIL…AND ISOLATED HEAVY RAINFALL.
Unless you hear otherwise, assume I will be out on my deck tonight dancing, making offerings, and otherwise petitioning the spirits in order to boost the odds that we actually get some of this promised precipitation.
Because this last week, we been hot, ya’ll. Central Texas might as well have been the surface of the sun. 107° — that was the actual temp, not the heat index, on Thursday. The NWS issued a warning that I don’t remember having seen before, a Lack of Precipitation Alert, which basically said, “Don’t eventhink about it raining, because it ain’t gonna happen. Possibly not ever.”
Had I known, six weeks ago, that we were going to get this kind of heat so early, I probably wouldn’t have decided to stop using my air conditioner for the summer. But I did, and I’ve stuck with it, even last week.
Most of you have likely just joined the ranks of everyone else I’ve shared this with and you now think that I’ve lost my motherf*cking mind, but I haven’t. Quite the opposite, even. I feel that cutting down on my energy consumption during peak usage season makes all kinds of sense. Obviously this isn’t for everybody, some folks really do NEED air conditioning. I had heat exhaustion once, years ago in New York (ironically far less hot than Texas and I was younger and in better shape). Trust me, I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
There’s just so many instances, though, when we believe without question that we absolutely have to have some thing(s) to survive. It’s been my experience that when I feel that way, I’m usually wrong about it. Sure I might have gotten habituated to something, more comfortable with something than without, but more often than not, those things aren’t really essential. In contrast, I often find I am going without things that I should have in order to thrive, not just survive. Embarrassing as it is to admit, since I’m almost older than dirt, I still struggle with some of the more basic self care issues that many adults of my acquaintance seem to have mastered. Though, one of the upsides to having my life disrupted by my breakup a few years back was that I couldn’t keep doing a lot of the stupid shit I was doing before because no one was going to fix it but me.
Which brings me back to the AC withdrawal. A few months ago, I quit my second job because even though the extra money was nice, the lack of down time was driving me more than a little nuts. Glad I did it but it left me with a bit of a hole in the budget and I had to figure out how I was going to get around that. My two biggest bills each month, especially in the summer, are electricity and water. That’s not true for many folks, I know, but it’s due in part because I live in a somewhat remote location and also because my utility companies are soulless, thieving heaps of shit.
So that’s when I turned the thermostat off and opened the windows. Luckily I’ve got ceiling fans in every room, the house is well-insulated, and there’s a nice cross breeze. I’m not saying the worst hot days are a walk in the park but it’s been way less disruptive and uncomfortable than I thought and I’m saving buckets of cash. The lack of refrigerated air is costing me far less peace of mind than the lack of cash flow would have, and I love the feel of connection I get from being able to hear the sounds of life outside: locusts droning away the afternoon, hummingbirds zooming around the feeder, coyotes off in the distance at night, the call and response of owls right before the sun comes up.
But don’t think I won’t be enjoying that rain and cool breeze tonight.