When the Air Conditioner Breaks: Inflatable Pool?

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The first thing I noticed when I got off the plane yesterday was, "Jeez, it's friggin' hot!" And my friend who was picking up replied, "You think it's hot here? Wait until we get back to Pasadena--it's been in the 90s nearly every day you've been in London!" Well, if memory serves me right, August was a stifling month last year, especially when the air conditioner pooped out. During that time, I ended up camping in the backyard with the dog since it was cooler outside than indoors. I also remember thinking at that time that I ought to get an inflatable pool for the summer as not only a means to cool off, but it would also be a convenient way to spend some time outdoors in the blazing heat...

When I was a kid, I remember spending the summer months with my grandparents here in Los Angeles (Alhambra, to be exact). Their place didn't have air conditioning; as a result, what I most remember from those vacations is their bathroom since I took a lot of quick, lukewarm showers to stay cool. When I was in the college and lived in a house with five others, I would place box fans in both of my windows and turn them on at the same time...it didn't really do much except create an interesting wind tunnel effect in my room.

Have you ever dealt with a summer sans air-conditioning? What did you do to stay comfortable? Share it with us in the comments!

(Images: CBS' The Ex-List)