Well before anyone knew about Global Warming, we had it on Nebraska Street.
Trying to sleep during July and August in Oklahoma, back before air conditioning, was nearly impossible.
Your PJs and sheets would get soaked in perspiration.
The only respite came when the attic fan was on. It would suck outside “cool” air in through the windows, and blow the hot, sticky air into the attic.
But since electricity cost millions of dollars, my Dad would set the timer for 10 lousy minutes when he went to bed.
That was fine for him. He’d been in the Navy and then worked as a fireman.
He could go straight to sleep, anytime, anywhere.
Meanwhile, everyone else in the house was awake and having a heat stroke.
When I could hear Dad snoring, I’d race into the hallway and add another 15 minutes to the timer.
After I’d done that a couple of times, I’d finally get to sleep. Or just give up and stew in my own juice.
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