Tuesday August 7, 2007
The Herald has tips for dealing with the summer heat. Don’t bother — it’s the usual stuff. Here’s some real advice (the comments are for what I’ve missed):
- Cower in your air-conditioned house for the next month or you will get heatstroke and die.
- It’s nice out early in the morning. I went for a bike ride around dawn (6 am) today and it was almost cool out, and there was a layer of dew on everything.
- When photographing in the sun, stand with your back to it. If your subject is 5 feet or closer, turn on your flash — it will make the shadows less harsh.
- Scientists have recently discovered that contrary to popular belief beer is too (yes it is) a good way to stay hydrated. Sure the alcohol de-hydrates you a little, but the effect is more then offset by the actual beer. If you don’t have beer, try water.
- Take your car to your mechanic and have them top off your freon.
- Be one of those cool people walking around with an umbrella. When people chuckle, chuckle back. You’ll get the last laugh.
- Get a tan, but do it gradually, with short exposure building up over time. Once you’re tan you can stay in the sun longer.
- Try going to Bogotá (elevation: 8,661 ft, and right off the equator) for a few weeks and walk around. The Miami sun will start to seem like a weak, distant light bulb.
- If you’re out and you’re really hot and you suddenly stop sweating or get feverish, congratulations: you’ve got heatstroke. Call 911 (seriously) and get as cool as you can as fast as you can while you wait. A bath filled with ice would not be overkill. See here.