7.01.2006

A HIPPIE YOU JUST MET AT THE COFFEEHOUSE TRIES TO CONVINCE YOU NOT TO USE YOUR AIR-CONDITIONER.
"Do you know how much energy an air-conditioner uses? I don't know either, but I know it's a lot. Like, you could run an entire South American village for four days on the power that a window air-conditioner uses in, like, an hour. Seriously. Have you ever walked by one of those things when it was running? Did you feel all the heat coming out of it? That's causing global warming. Yeah! Hurricane Katrina and all that. Listen, it rained for three straight days at Hempfest. It's never done that before. Don't try to tell me that the earth isn't, like, rebelling. The cool thing is that you don't even need that air-conditioner. You're just used to it, that's all. After a few days, you don't even miss it. My girlfriend and I found out that our kitchen floor is totally cool, so we sleep there in the summer. Seriously, it's like the tile is really cold and anyway, heat rises, so, like, we're down there snoozing away and all the hot air is up by the cabinets. Oh, wow, I didn't even think of this until now. Do you have a cellar? Have you tried sleeping down there? It would be like camping. All summer long. Another thing we do is hang wet sheets over our windows and let the breeze cool the place. It uses a lot of water, but we totally got that covered. We built a cistern on the roof and we collect rainwater in it. It only takes three hours a day to maintain the system and filter the water. And anytime we need a drink of water, we only gotta go up three flights of stairs and climb a ladder to the roof and voila! We have a solar cooker to make hot tea. It only takes 45 minutes to boil a cup of water. We drink nothing but tea or hot water in the summer. It equalizes your inner core temperature with the outside air. I am not insane. Yeah, we're totally going to go off the grid. As soon as I make enough money, I'm gonna quit my job at Quiznos and we're gonna move out to my uncle's farm in Boone County. He raises ostriches. It's the meat of the future. Whoa! What time is it? Um, do you think you could give me a ride? Usually I'd walk to work, but it's really hot out there."