Global warming is hitting us with a vengeance this week, with high temperatures in the mid-90s for several days on end. Here’s a replay of last year’s deep investigative piece on the easiest way to stay cool when the temperature climbs in our widely air-conditionerless land:
1. Go to the library! The beautifully remodeled Douglass-Truth branch at 23rd & Yesler keeps a nicely chilled indoor temperature, WIFI, and all sorts of ways to keep yourself entertained
2. Enjoy the art of the totally free Frye Art Museum and their stable environment of 72 degree air. Just go west on Columbia, through Seattle U and the Swedish Campus, to just the other side of Boren. They’ve got some great paintings in their collection, comfy places to sit, and a lot of peace, quiet, and cool.
3. Take a dip: There’s a huge body of chilly water just over the hill from us, so pack up the dog and the kids and head east to Madrona beach and cool off in the 73 degree water of Lake Washington. Be sure to take your $1.75 in change to grab the #2 bus and avoid the hot uphill walk back home.
4. Get an iced latte and read a book at the 23rd & Jackson Starbucks. Sure, they’re just a big heartless corporation, but they’ve got enough capital to have air conditioning in their stores and a lack of environmental awareness to care about how much energy it requires. Use it to your advantage.
6. Unafraid of hospitals? Check out the Providence ER waiting room at 16th & Cherry. They’ve got A/C, flattering florescent lighting, free WIFI, and a 19 in. TV tuned to “Scrubs”. (btw – there’s a Starbucks in there too)
7. Cool Thai (new for 2009!) Go check out the new Thai restaurant in Madrona. It’s tasty, air-conditioned, and they’ve got some comfy day bed seating you can stretch out on.