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July 29, 2011

Air conditioners should have a national holiday

EXLINE — This heat wave is really something isn’t it? I do not know how everyone survived in the good old days before air conditioning.

The recipe for this week, is another one my cousin’s wife, Barb McAnelly recommends.

 

Layered Tex-Mex Salad

 

Ingredients

1 box corn bread mix

1 head of Romaine lettuce

1 can black beans

1 c. salsa

2 tomatoes diced

1-½ c. Monterey jack cheese shredded

1-½ c. grated cheddar cheese

1 green pepper

1 bunch green onions chopped

 

Creamy Leoni Dressing

2 Tb. cilantro

1 Tb. red wine vinegar

1 tsp. lime zest

¼ c. lime juice

1 clove garlic smashed

1 Tb. honey

½ c. extra virgin olive oil

Salt

Pepper

 

To prepare the salad, mix and bake the corn bread as instructed on the box. Cool and set aside.

In a large oblong bowl, layer the lettuce, black beans, shredded Monterey jack cheese, diced tomatoes, green pepper, chopped green onions, salsa and grated cheddar cheese.

Crumble the corn bread into small pieces and spread over the top of the salad. Then pour the pre-mixed, creamy dressing over the top of the salad.

Salt and pepper to taste.

 

As everyone puts up with this current heat wave, it seems that in modern times, life would not be very comfortable without air conditioning.  

In this kind of heat, everyone goes from an air-conditioned house, to a vehicle that has it and then into stores and various businesses that are air conditioned every day. You would think, since it is used so much these days, we would have a holiday devoted to the person that invented it.

I do not think anyone that has enjoyed its cooling effects, would want to go back to a time, when we did not have modern air conditioning.

Even though many people experimented with the concept of cooling the air for years, the first modern electrical air conditioning unit was invented by Willis Haviland Carrier in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1902. His first unit began working on July 17 of that year in a printing plant in Buffalo, N.Y., where he was employed. He used the device to help control the temperature and humidity in the printing process.

Not long after that, Stuart W. Cramer of Charlotte, N.C. filed a patent and coined the term “air conditioning” in 1906. He was trying to bring moisture into the air of his textile mill by a well known process that was popular at the time using water. This controlled the humidity in the textile plants.

Willis Haviland Carrier adopted the term “air conditioning” and incorporated it into the name of his company, The Carrier Air Conditioning Company of America. This company was formed to meet rising demand for air conditioning. They used the evaporative cooling process, that uses evaporating water in air, to provide a cooling effect.

Mr. Carrier was the person most credited with the modern invention of air conditioning. He was known as the "father of cool” or the "father of air conditioning." He was the first to make air conditioner units. Home sales expanded in a big way in the 1950s.

Eventually, the technology was used in vehicles to provide air conditioning in those. Over the years as processes changed and developed, different methods of cooling the air were put into use.

So, you would think that July 17, the day that Mr. Carrier, turned on the first electric air conditioner, would be a national holiday.

With the help of Tracy last week, we got the Exline Mail Box back up, on one of the posts at the steps, near the back door. It had been ripped off the post a while back, in a bad wind storm   

I noticed that when some people drop their news in there, they put the flag up on this rural mail box. That helps to let me know there is some news in there, although I do check it quite often. So if you want to drop off some news or family information, just place it in the mail box. Everyone’s news is always appreciated.

On Saturday, Denise and I went with my cousin Karen and her husband Rodger, to an Iowa Cubs baseball game at Principle Park in Des Moines. The Iowa Cubs played the RedHawks from Oklahoma City, Okla.

Roger Clemens, who has been in the news lately with regard to his former baseball activities, has a son who plays on the RedHawks team by the name of Koby Clemens. We got to see him at bat a few times that evening.

Bryan LaHair of the Iowa Cubs team, hit a two run, home run in the bottom of the third inning, making it his 27th career home run.

The hot, sweltering temperature in the high 90s with a heat index of well over 100 degrees did not make for a nice evening of watching an outdoor event. Even though we were sitting in the shade, there was not much of a breeze blowing, and what there was, was really hot. Finally, by the bottom of the sixth inning we decided we had had enough of that kind of heat and we headed for home. We were not the only ones who were leaving when we did because of the heat.

We found out later, that the Iowa Cubs went on to defeat the Oklahoma RedHawks by a score of 5 to 2, which was good for the home team.

I do not see how those young men can play baseball in that oppressive kind of heat.

Also this past weekend, the Exline Old Country Store Manager, Penny Sharp and her husband Rick, took three of their adult children, their spouses and five grandchildren, to Adventureland for the weekend.Penny said it was very hot but they all had a good time.

I hope everyone had a good week at the county fair. I bet it was a real challenge, braving the heat and participating in all of those events.

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