Volatile weather in the bones
Loved this one, Sarah. Such a beautiful use of art for storytelling, linking the personal to the global. And I just learned about Substack polls from you-- trendsetter!!
I experienced this in New Orleans on a Holiday, I was gob smacked at the air conditioning blasting away while doors ( often big sliding doors to open up to a patio) & windows were wide open
My husband thought hydro must be extremely cheap, but it still didn’t make sense to me??
I know people here who do it in their cars, blast the air & open the windows
As he always reminds me Common Sense isn’t so Common
Your comment about stores with air conditioners going and doors open... I get this type of feeling at work when other teachers are busy photocopying class sets of handouts, handouts that will be used once, that could be shared, that are mainly blank, that are for 'fun', that are single-sided, or that will end up in recycling (hopefully) at the end of class. I feel like I'm telling someone they are a bad teacher if I question paper use.
About a decade ago, when I could find the photocopier counters without having access passwords, I got the number of copies made over the course of school year. Assuming every sheet was double sided, it worked out to over 1,200 bricks of paper. At 500 sheets a brick, that meant about 600,000 pages. My school has nearly 1,000 students. I think the cost was 14,000 dollars for the copiers and paper.
Things have improved since then, in part because the district now gives each teacher and student a set amount of printing. If teachers use it up, we can ask for more. Students have to pay for more - ten cents a sheet. I noticed a big change in student paper use in the library where prior to the limit, whole books were being printed. Technology like computer projectors, and online class sites also helped, but teacher photocopying still seems high considering its environmental costs.
I wondered if you have any prescriptions for me, Sarah.
(I should say that there are often good reasons for paper use and photocopying!)
I love your cityscapes and your quirky sense of humour as you write about not very funny things
I live in Rochester so I’m nearby. I never liked humidity but it’s growing on me. And I’m loving the thunderstorms though on our side of Lake Ontario the lake pushes them south of here. As a weather lover I’m pretty mixed these days because climate change means a lot more extreme weather, which is not good, though we are in a bit of a climate island here. Love the art and attitude. M