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Cool Down

Right now in L.A, it’s 90 degrees, and I feel like I’m melting. As a kid in NYC, the best part of a hot summer’s day was the tinkly bell announcing the arrival of the Good Humor Ice Cream truck. All the children on the block flocked into the middle of the street and lined up waiting for our treat. My favorite was a vanilla pop topped with red and white sprinkles, reminiscent of this photo by Simone Rosenbauer


12 comments for “Cool Down”

  1. Jess says:

    I’m in Texas, and the heat as been oppressive… circling around 100 degrees for a couple weeks now. Here, the hottest part of the day is late afternoon into early evening, so I’ve learned to be inside at that point with AC and a cold drink.

    • wendy says:

      We’re experiencing unusual humidity here, so it feels particularly oppressive. 100 degrees in some parts of town. My dog is not happy.

  2. Lisa Miller says:

    I’m visiting South Carolina (though I think it’s not the smartest thing to be here in the middle of July) and I feel like I’m downing when I leave the air conditioning – tho it’s only 86 degrees. I want to ask everyone I meet “is this a typical summer and if so, why would you live here?” Bit manners prevent me from doing so. I remember when I was a kid wearing a bathing suit and running thru th sprinter. Do kids even do that any more! I always so enjoyed that.

    • Claire says:

      Lisa: as a SC native we still live here because of air conditioning! I don’t know how our ancestors did it. This summer so far has been pretty mild (temp wise and humidity) but last week we did have some oppressive humidity, even by SC standards. I guess it’s relative too. I went to Sacramento last summer and felt like I was drying from the inside out. My friend who lives there didn’t understand my fear of dying of dehydration lol

      • wendy says:

        When I first moved to LA, I felt like my skin was peeling off from the dryness. And eventually, I got used to it.

    • wendy says:

      I was complaining about the heat with the cashier at my local market, and he said that he grew up in Arizona where it was 120 in the summer, so this is nothing for him. I guess it’s all relative.

  3. Leyla says:

    Mmm, strawberry shortcake? Those were my favorites too. I currently have the flu, so I’m eating natural lemon popsicles to bring my fever down.

  4. Petra says:

    I always had a fondness for the red, white, and blue rocket pops.

  5. Ruth says:

    In Ireland (where it never gets too hot) this ice cream is called the Brunch. I was driving on Sunday (a pretty hot day by our standards) and met ice cream vans on their way to various summer events. So much more evocative than anything else on the road!

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