Daily Archives: July 23, 2009

“The Unchilled Life”: “Living” sans A.C.

This NYTimes story reminded me of another Wichita writer, Gaylord Dold, who wrote a series of murder mysteries set in the 1950’s Wichita, KS.  He described the joys of living summers in Wichita without air conditioning.  This has been an unusually cool and damp summer here in the Air Capital of the World;  most summers by this time of the season, my grass is pretty brown and getting browner – not so much this year.

As the Times article points out, many are turning off their A.C.s due to economic hardship, but a subset of air conditioning spurner’s are doing so due to green living and health motivations.  One A.C. terminator states:

“It’s not like we’re health-nut crazies or a bunch of dirty hippies dancing naked around the fire. We’re all white-collar geeks living an exurban lifestyle. We just all share the philosophy of rolling with the seasons if you can.”

Other adherents to turning the A.C. off indicate that they lose weight during the summer by being outside more and eating less.

Sorry guys, this is not a trend that I am going to get excited about…

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The Lost Works of L. Ron Hubbard in Wichita?

L. Ron Hubbard lived in Wichita, KS from approximately 1950 to 1952.  Hubbard was invited to our fair city by a wealthy oilman whom had sought out Hubbard’s “therapy”.  Hubbard came to believe that this oil man wanted to take ownership of “Dianetics” – the original work that started Scientology. I hear word that wealthy Scientologists are very interested in knowing where L. Ron lived during his Wichita years because there are persistent rumors among them that undiscovered work may still be in Wichita.  I would think finding out where Hubbard lived would be fairly easy to determine.

Who knows, maybe some entreprenuer could type up some seriously strange drivel on an old Remington type writer and walk off with some serious cash. 🙂

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Thursday, 07/23/09, Public Square

taxcutsforeverythingThis is the thread you decide the topic to discuss, this thread is for free-thinking people to toss around real ideas and real solutions.

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