Repurposing Parked Cars in Summer to Stay Cool

A pretty awesome post from my OT prof at seminary!

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In a concerted effort to prepare our new Church History professor for the rigors of summer in Austin our esteemed leader Dean and President Kittredge inaugurated this effort by providing a list of suggestions to keep cool in the summer. As our new professor moves from the moderate climes of the San Francisco Bay area and into the rattlesnake, cactus infested environs of Austin where air conditioning is a basic human right, we thought we would all pitch in with advice that helps us get through the heat of summer (May to October).

In particular, Dr. Kittredge offered this advice about cars: Never leave anything in your parked car: sunglasses, laptops, cell phones, boxes of chocolate, pets. Between May and October, no sleeping in your car.

This is all true. A metal box does not protect you from the heat, regardless of its color. However, what she failed to…

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Staying Cool in Austin: Outdoors Activities & Heavy Drinking

Here’s a post that I wrote for Seminary of the Southwest’s blog this week. Enjoy!

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In last week’s blog, Dean Kittredge offered a few points of advice for the incoming professor of Church History. While I found most of her points to be colorful takes on staying cool in Austin, I must say that I feel like she got at least half of the first point wrong.

The part that I think she got partially wrong is the latter portion of that piece of advice. First and foremost, Dean Kittredge is absolutely correct that one should take up heavy drinking during the summer months in Austin — heavy drinking of WATER! Anyone that has been here for any small amount of time can you tell that you are going to sweat in the summer months — A LOT! Therefore, any person considering a move to the lovely Austin, TX should begin getting used to consuming at least a full liter of water each morning…

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Staying Cool in Austin: Advice for a New Professor

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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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