Popsicles and Thoreau


So around 10PM last night my A/C quit working. After careful examination on the roof by my husband, I whipped out the yellow pages and flipped through and phoned a dozen or so companies, leaving messages with answering services. And after a few Fla-Vor-Ice popsicles, I went to bed.

And now the waiting…

As I showered this morning, I wondered how I survived summers as a kid, back in Chicago in the 1980s. I mean, we had no A/C but we did have a basement, which was always 15 degrees cooler. We also had park district pools and neighborhood sprinklers. And when it really got hot the fire department would randomly open fire hydrants for a few hours at a time. And I always had popsicles in the freezer. How is it that we have all become so spoiled by luxuries, such as the dishwasher, central A/C, DSL, etc.? I mean, what’s one week with out A/C when we’ve learned to endure the lack of luxurious services here in New Orleans such as mail delivery, trash pick-up….

That’s it, I’m off to Walden Pond. Anyone want to join me?

4 Comments so far

  1. cs (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 7:02 pm

    Just last month we lived without a/c for a week…I feel for ya. We bought as many floor fans we could get our hands on, took lots of cold showers and saw many movies. If only those Hansen’s snowballs came in people size…aahhhhhhh

  2. TBK (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 7:46 pm

    Welcome to the Metroblogging Fambly. Sucks about the a/c.. I grew up w/out it too. Just be glad you had power at all. You coulda been sucking on liquid fla-vor-ice… Mmmmmm sugary goodness.


  3. Chris Martel (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 10:27 am

    My (window unit) a/c is working but the freezer got left open the other night and all my flavor-ice melted!

  4. Vicki (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 10:10 pm

    When I moved to NOLa in 1968 we had no air conditioning. Was it hot?? Oh man was it ever. I grew up in Minnesota and it was a shock to my system. Within a few months though, I was somewhat used to the heat. My husband who is from Algiers never had air and you know to this day I really don’t like it. The only reason to have it as far as I am concerned it to dry the dang house out.

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