Staying Cool in Austin: Advice for a New Professor

Seminary of the Southwest

I love the quote, misattributed to Mark Twain, that “everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” My husband, Frank, and I often say that when we grow so tired of each other that we risk running out of topics of conversation, we will always have two: the weather and real estate. The five months of Austin’s relentless heat provides a perennial subject for discussion between us. So I was delighted to be invited to offer advice to our new professor of Church History about how to stay cool in Austin. [Real estate will have to wait for another blog post.]

1. Consider June, July, August, and September in Austin like December, January, February, and March in northern Minnesota or Massachusetts. Take up an indoor sport or heavy drinking.

2. Avoid strenuous activity between 9 am and 8 pm. Keep physically very still.

3. Do not drive…

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