Monday, June 19, 2006

Beat the Heat

So Saturday was hot. "How hot was it?" It was so hot I didn't mind Indy Kid's witless banter :)

Just in case you didn't know, 91 degree days in Indiana suck and standing in full cowboy gear and being even remotely active can be dangerous. Everyone got through it fine, but to make it you need to have a plan to beat the heat. Here's mine.

  • Water: the more the better, start hydrating the night before
  • Umbrella: have one, the bigger the better; Don't count on natural shade
  • Gatorade or some other sports drink to replenish salt
  • Light colored and loose fitting clothes, leave the leather vest home
  • Straw hat: My sombrero is keen for this weather because it lends a lot of shade and doesn't hold heat like felt
  • Sun screen: don't want to be mistaken for an injun do you?
  • Don't do too much: its OK to hand off a job to a posse-member and remember to relieve your fellow members
  • Water: drink some more
  • Cooling bandanas are helpful, especially when stored in a cooler; These look promising

No matter how much I try to watch after people, it seems that someone always does too much working or doesn't drink enough water. One of the guys Saturday was plumb punchy by the end of it, good thing is it was caught before it went too far and we cooled him off with a cooling bandana and a bunch of water. The beer afterwards tasted WAY too good, man I love beer after a long hot day.

BADGE UPDATE: We've pretty well settled on a badge from Starpacker, Redneck has a design picked out and is taking names for an order. He needs 25 and has 20+ names from the shoot on Saturday. Looks like that will happen pretty easily. They'll run $52 each and we'll be able to get our club number and some sort of indication for the charter members of the club, which is cool.

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