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How to enjoy a hot, humid summer

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By Reggie Ponder
Columnist

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Whoever said it was going to be hot this week knew what they were talking about.

It is hot. And it’s humid.

Anybody who says, “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity” is half right — it’s the heat and the humidity.

I actually enjoy hot weather and have not been miserable this week. I do realize it’s uncomfortable for many, though, and certainly for some it’s downright dangerous.

And this is somewhat hotter than what I prefer. I consider the mid- to upper-80s to be ideal.

After the brutally cold winter we had — just a few months ago, hard as that is to believe — I’m glad to see a warm-up and look forward to the summer months ahead.

Of course, we don’t get to choose the weather so it’s something of a survival strategy to make the best of whatever weather circumstances we’re faced with.

That doesn’t mean we can’t have preferences, and all of us do. It doesn’t preclude moving, either, if we decide we really don’t like the weather (or maybe, more precisely, the climate) in a particular place.

I’ve lived my whole life in eastern and central North Carolina and I’m satisfied with the climate here. I know it sometimes seems like 10 months of fire and two months of ice, with not much in between, but it’s the climate I have grown up with and become accustomed to.

Cold water, lemonade, iced tea — all these are part of the survival strategy for heat and humidity.

Other components of the strategy:

* Water: drink plenty of it

* Water, part 2: Jump in if you get the chance

* Shade: Find the shade of a big tree ... take a break ... relax

* Breeze: Not much you can do if there’s not one, but if there is, that really helps (Hint: you’re more likely to experience a refreshing breeze if you’re next to a body of water — see “Water, part 2” above).

Remember, too, we’re in this together. We can get through it together.

Hopefully we can keep a watch on our neighbors and make sure they’re OK.

This might be one of those times when a simple glass of water is the best thing you could afford someone.

With that in mind, I was somewhere Monday morning and was offered a bottle of water. I politely declined. The person who offered it politely, but firmly, insisted, placing the bottle in my hand.

Sometimes you need a little extra encouragement to do what you need to do.

Enjoy our summer, and stay safe.

Reggie Ponder is a staff writer for The Daily Advance.

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