Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Stay Cool (Cheaply)

Since it's getting pretty damn hot, I thought I'd offer a couple ideas to stay cool without running the air conditioner.

If you have any ideas, leave a comment and I'll probably add it to the list.


1) Go to the Library

There are lots of books, and you don't have to buy anything. Did you know about free Wi-Fi at Boston Public and Minuteman libraries?
2) Go for a Dip
Is it going to be the most relaxing experience? No, but there are more free swimming pools than you might think. And some are open until 9pm.

On the City of Boston heat advisory page, there's various information including a PDF that lists locations in: North End, South End, Southie, Eastie, Chinatown, Charlestown, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, Roxbury, West Roxbury, and Roslindale.

The Mass DCR site has more locations in Brighton, Cambridge, Somerville, and Watertown. I could even go farther and mention spots from Chelsea to Worcester (although some are wading pools).

Heck, I don't have a problem jumping into one of the fountains like those on the Greenway, Copley Square, or even Christian Science Plaza (not the pool). Personally, there's too many kids at the Frog Pond.
3) Cold Wet Towel
It's an oldie but a goodie, and it works well enough. Better than ice cubes in your underwear...

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