Take a cold shower, get a room, behind closed doors, these phrases among others are popular and bring to mind love and intimacy. Those of you that know me well are probably thinking where in the world is Ron going with this. Well I can assure everyone this is not my line of thought today.
Today when i say “take a cold shower” I literally mean take a cold shower. During my 58 plus years of life I have always enjoyed a good hot shower no matter the time of year. A hot shower is a good cleaning ritual, a hot shower on a cold winters day is very comforting and a hot shower before bed certainly relax one.
However i have encounter tropical heat and humidity as I never have before. Now mind you I have lived in Alabama, Florida and Georgia the majority of my adult life and it gets hot and humid there. But this tropical heat is something different from my past encounters with Mr. Sun. Also it is true that I have been to the Philippines many times before I moved here. I have been here in January, February, September and October. And i thought I knew about tropical heat. However I have never been here during the Summer months of March, April and May.
Thus I return to today’s theme “take a cold shower.” Here in the Philippines hot showers are not very common, as a rule only in high end hotels or homes that have an instant electric water heater in the shower. The majority of homes, hotels or apartments do not have central hot water heaters as most of you are accustomed. During my previous visits we would always heat a kettle of water and add it to the bath water unless staying in a hotel with the electric heater. This was necessary in my mind and satisfying. My how times have changed. When summer hit at the beginning of March the cold breezes and storms coming from the China coast ceased existing. The winds changed direction and now bring hot air from the Pacific Ocean known as the easterlies. The thermometer rose only about five degrees but a hot five degrees.
Then it happened. My wise and native wife suggested a cold shower in the morning to cool off the body and make the day more bearable. I can not express how right on the money she was. However i discovered something even more amazing, not only does it work in the morning but I really enjoy evenings too. Now i will admit in the beginning it was cold. As time went on however it has become easier and easier. Half of the time the water is so warm due to the fact the water supply pipes are so close to the surface and the sun is so hot! Any other times you just hold your breath for that first dunk and then enjoy.
The next time you get hot and bothered Take a Cold Shower, just like we do living life in Roxas City.