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Scorching Shenanigans in Palm Springs: How to survive record heat!


Palm Springs Heat Wave

Paul Kaplan

I've made it a professional goal to be known as a leader in the Real Estate industry in the Palm Springs market for the past 20+ years...

I've made it a professional goal to be known as a leader in the Real Estate industry in the Palm Springs market for the past 20+ years...

Jul 6 4 minutes read

Hello from the inferno, otherwise known as Palm Springs, California! Where the sun is always shining, the pools are always glistening, and the air conditioning is always on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Yours truly included.   Locals love to remind you, "It's a dry heat!" As if that somehow makes a difference when you're melting faster than a popsicle on the Fourth of July. Newsflash, folks: cooking your Thanksgiving turkey is a dry heat too, and that's exactly what it feels like when you open your front door – like opening the oven and getting blasted by a wave of hot air that could singe your eyebrows. 

I suppose this sweltering summer is karma for all those winter months spent smugly bragging to my freezing friends in Canada and Minnesota. While they were bundled up shoveling snow, I was leisurely floating in my pool, sipping a margarita, and posting enviable photos on social media. But hey, what goes around comes around, right? Now it's my turn to sweat, while they're probably enjoying crisp, cool breezes and campfire s'mores. 

Ode to the AC Unit, My Unsung Hero

Each morning starts with a prayer to the air conditioning gods, beseeching them to keep my AC unit chugging along. It's the unsung hero of the desert, the knight in shining armor that rescues us from the sweltering heat. I even gave mine a name, "Chilly Willy." Bless his little refrigerant heart.

Culinary Adventures in Car-B-Que

In this heat, the kitchen is no man's (or woman's) land. Instead, I've turned my car into a solar-powered oven. Sun-dried tomatoes? Check. Perfectly baked cookies on the dashboard? You bet. And the best part? No dishes! Just a hot steering wheel that doubles as a branding iron if you're not careful.

The Ice Age Underarm Experience

Ever tried putting Ziploc bags of ice under your armpits? It's a refreshing alternative to a cold shower, and a surefire way to scare the bejeezus out of anyone who catches you mid-freeze. But hey, desperate times call for desperate measures.  Just make sure to pat yourself dry before hugging anyone, unless you want to be accused of excessive perspiration.

The Perilous Pavement Predicament

Venturing outside my air-conditioned oasis is a gamble. Each trip from car to grocery store feels like a death-defying trek across scorching coals. I envision myself collapsing mid-stride, a victim of heatstroke, while the vultures circle overhead.  Dramatic? Perhaps. But the fear is real.  That's why I've become a devoted DoorDash disciple. Who needs sunshine and fresh air when you can have groceries delivered to your doorstep?

Other Cool (Pun Intended) Coping Mechanisms

  • Poolside Zen: I spend an inordinate amount of time in the pool, pretending I'm a mermaid.  It works surprisingly well, until someone asks why I'm talking to the inflatable flamingo.
  • Fashion Forward: The only acceptable outfit is a swimsuit and a wide-brimmed hat.  Bonus points if the hat has a solar-powered fan attached.
  • Hydration Station: I carry a water bottle everywhere, like a baby kangaroo with its joey.  It's not just about thirst; it's about survival.

So, there you have it, folks. Life in Palm Springs is like living in a convection oven, but with palm trees and a killer tan. If you're planning a visit, remember these tips, and for the love of Pete, don't forget your sunscreen and stay hydrated!

Stay cool, my friends, and may your AC units never fail you.

Yours truly,

The Sweaty but Still Smiling Desert Dweller

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