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19 August 2017

FANS

HOT WEATHER MEANS FANS.
I don’t mean human admirers, I mean these:





They are the most efficient way I have ever found to keep cool. A few weeks ago the UK tried to match parts of the US in high temperatures and I can see why there were so many complaints of overheating. How do people keep cool when temps rise so high? Fans, that’s how, although it does make the wrist ache after a while. It is something I discovered in Italy when the heat reached abnormal heights.  

I had five fans but lost one. All of them were purchased in Italy, one in Herculaneum, another in Pompeii, and one from Amalfi – my favourite place to visit. The others were from Sorrento. It was a family joke that every time I went to Italy I forgot to take a fan and had to buy another. Hence the 5! I used to get a few strange looks when I used one but I didn’t care. It was better than having to put up with streaming perspiration and the only way to cool me down. 

One very rude lady (perhaps ‘lady’ isn’t the right word) called me a stuck-up, four-legged creature, one that provides milk. She was English which immediately but temporarily made me despise my own race. People like her should be eliminated. I have to say, though, that waving a fan does give the air of la-di-dah’ness but it was wrong of that woman to air her opinion for all to hear.

Maybe one day she will get her comeuppance and, please God, let it come from someone with a fan! 

25 comments:

Ron said...

"Maybe one day she will get her comeuppance and, please God, let it come from someone with a fan!"

HAHAHAHAHA! Valerie, I LOVED that! But OMG....how rude and nasty of her to call you that! Can you believe how some people can be? The woman was probably envious of you, so that's why she responded the way she did because those fans that you got in Italy are GORGEOUS!

They remind me of when I lived in Japan and noticed how everyone (even the men) carried fans during the summer because of the ungodly heat and humidity. Honestly, I've experienced intense heat before, having lived in Florida for 20 years, but the summer heat in Japan is even more intense.

And speaking of heat, we're getting hit with another heatwave this weekend. I am SO looking forward to the cooler fall days.

Stay cool, my friend, and have a lovely weekend!
X

LL Cool Joe said...

Are you serious? A woman called you a rude name for using a fan??

A lady in front of me in church often uses a fan. Much nicer than waving a piece of paper around which is what I do on a plane before it takes off as it gets unbearably hot!

Valerie said...

Hi Ron. I have to admit that the UK contains some very rude people. Perhaps, as you say, she was jealous. She certainly had a lot to learn about behaviour patterns.

I didn't know that about Japan, strange when they are noted for their fans. Perhaps I just never gave it much thought.

Oooh our weather pattern usually follows yours so maybe we can have some summer days after all. It's been a dead loss so far. Extra woollies to keep warm some days!

I will say cheerio now and go back to Gladys Knight, right now she's on the Midnight Train to Georgia! Stay well. my friend.

Valerie said...

Hi Joe. Yes, I was serious, and I was seriously upset by her attitude.

Sharon Qualls said...

Lovely fans, too bad you lost one. I had a couple, years ago. One pretty, looked like carved ivory (but plastic) and the other was a cardstock ping-pong paddle looking thing that I got in church. They both worked equally well. Sounds like your nasty person was jealous (or nuts and just wanted to upset you.)

kden said...

They are so beautiful, better to use them than box them up. We are on vacationing now, on the coast with cooler weather. I feel better already :)

Mac n' Janet said...

I find fans to be quite elegant, and I too hope she gets her comeuppance.

Valerie said...

Hi Sharon, I'm trying to imagine a cardstock pink pong paddle looking thing.... sounds unique. Perhaps the -er- lady was jealous.. Daft woman.

Valerie said...

kden Oooh I hope it doesn't get too cool. If it's anything like here - where it should at least be warm - you might prefer sitting round a fire!

Valerie said...

Oooh Janet, so do I. The one I lost was the prettiest, mainly white with colourful Japanese ladies on... I loved it.

Jimmy said...

Very lovely fans Valerie, Too bad the fifth one is missing in action, as for you being stuck up for using a fan, it appears this person didn't even try to get to know you, rather just made an assumption of your character. I would have loved to seen the look on her face had you flogged her with your fan.

Carole said...

These fans are beautiful! Air conditioning certainly brings the temperature down, but in many ways it is an uncomfortable way to do so. Maybe I need to buy a fan!

Valerie said...

Hi Jimmy. The missing one was the most attractive, basically white with colourful adornments. I suppose I lost it because I used it more than the others and got careless. As for that woman, well ... what more can I say about such rudeness that hasn't already been said?

Valerie said...

Carole, the fan gives an immediate and very cold feeling. Admittedly you have to waft it continuously but the arm knows when to stop...lol. It's a lovely cold feeling though.

CrystalChick said...

They are all beautiful! Italy is on my list of dream trips. :)
The heat here isn't always so bad, but the humidity makes it much more undesirable. Luckily, we have central air-conditioning and can set it to a favorable temperature. It's supposed to reach a high of 86f outside today, but inside.. low 70's!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

You have some lovely fans, Valerie, and I was curious what they were made of, paper or fabric?
It was very rude of that woman to say anything at all. Some people just don't know to keep their mouth shut and mind their own business it seems.

Valerie said...

Mary, I hope you get to see Italy, it really is beautiful. There's a lot to see though, like any country. My favourite place to stay was Sorento.

Valerie said...

Beatrice, I thought the fans were a mix of materials but i just checked and they're all fabric with lace edges.

Denise inVA said...

Hi Valerie, I would love to go to Italy. I recognize the two places you mentioned but not Herculaneum. I will look it up and improve my geography. Reading about these towns is a great way to refresh and learn, and hopefully I will get there one day. As for your fans, I see a lot of ladies use fans over here in the hot and humid weather, and if they don't have a fan they will use whatever they have on hand, like a magazine. It is nothing to do with anything other than having the good sense to use one, and most definitely not to do with being stuck up. That rude person is nothing but just that, a rude person. Keep using your fans Valerie, they are very pretty and a nice momento of your trip to a very beautiful country I hope to go to one day.

Valerie said...

Hi Denise, Herculaneum is one of the ancient sightseeing places which I preferred to Pompeii, although to Joe going to the latter was a yearly pilgrimage. I would go shopping on those days. As for the fans, rest assured I will continue to use them... if only we had some summer in which to do so.

Jenny Woolf said...

Sometimes the oldies are the besties! I like fans too. Not that we have been having much hot weather lately, I've been more likely to use the fan heater! :)

Valerie said...

Yes, Jenny, I have been putting the fan heater on rather a lot lately. Where I live it seems colder than anywhere else in the country.

Mr. Shife said...

Wow. You got called that for using a fan. What is wrong with people? I hope you get your prayer answered and she does get her comeuppance from someone with a fan.

Treey said...

I could do with a fan right now, actually.

Valerie said...

That hot, Treey? I wish it was hot here. Three days of heat is all we were allocated this year.