There's something about a list of 10 that is irresistible. I enjoy reading them (for some examples, see: www.toptenz.net) and it's fun to create them. In the last few days I've been keenly aware of the variety of ways people in New York are dealing with the heat. This list of 10 came quickly and easily. It is just for starters.
1. Stay home. The fruit dealer on the street gave me a special deal on blueberries yesterday "because," he said, "no one is out."
2. Find cool places and go there. One of my friends has seen every movie playing at the Angelika Film Center in her neighborhood.
3. Exaggerate the heat. A friend wrote yesterday saying, we should walk the High Line when we meet "If it isn't a zillion degrees."
4. Think snow. My nephew sent pictures this morning of "Winter in Canada."
5. Undress. Undressing is a matter of degrees and we see all stages of it on the streets of New York.
6. Cover up. This is what people do in desert places.
7. Seek shade. Find shade where it exists or create it with a parasol.
8. Wear a hat. Hats are fun. Feeling a breeze pass through a straw hat is 'delicious.'
9. Enjoy water. Water features are fun--for children and for adults.
10.Do nothing. Yesterday afternoon I met with a high school classmate and his wife. They live in California and come to New York every summer. We passed many happy hours sharing food and conversation and laughing--a lot. Our intention was to do nothing (because there is nothing to do in the heat) and to do nothing well, which we did. I recommend it!