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Pat Shingleton: "Todd Ross's Cool-Down and a Clothes Prop..."

5 years 11 months 1 week ago Thursday, August 02 2018 Aug 2, 2018 August 02, 2018 9:00 AM August 02, 2018 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton:

I noticed an archived Advocate column that remains appropriate for this time of year and additional means of "cooling down..." Our old friend, Todd Ross, shared a procedure that his dad, J.R. Ross, used.  On golf outings, a small bucket contained hand towels soaked in ice water and rubbing alcohol. Once he “wrung-out” the towel the alcohol began a cooling process. Alcohol evaporates quicker than water and when it interacts with hot air, the evaporation process gathers energy to activate the phase change from liquid to gas. A typical cold towel is super cold with the combination of rubbing alcohol. The expression “hanging out to dry” references abandoning someone in a state of danger.  We have a built-in dryer today. A summertime task was “stretching the clothesline.”  Secured at the garage, the flagpole, and the porch, the line was stretched back to the garage. Here is where mom “hung-out-the-clothes” - kept off the ground with a “clothes-prop.”  A shower emptied the house whereby kids, a grandfather and neighborhood buddies scrambled to retrieve the clothes before they were re-rinsed by Mother Nature. My brother Denis was never alert when it came to bike riding and often strangled himself on that line, traversing the yard before it was taken down. Another green initiative includes people opting to hang their laundry on clotheslines instead of using energy-sucking dryers.

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