Houston heat: a sizzling predicament


by Joe Hittinger
Eagle Staff

As the festivities of summer are gradually winding down, the Houston heat is just getting started.

The city of Houston has recently broken the record from 1980 of consecutive days with 100-plus degree weather. While every day seems hotter than the next, the sweltering heat leaves many wondering what to do with themselves to cope with this record-setting weather.

The absolute best way to avoid heat stroke is to keep hydrated. Stay cool by drinking lots of water, or even better, by drinking a refreshing ice-cold glass of hibiscus tea. Not only will this delicious beverage keep you frosty on a hot Houston day, it will also help your immune system since it is chock-full of Vitamin C.

Another surefire way to cool down in the blistering Texas heat is to venture to either Galveston or New Braunfels and spend the day at Schlitterbahn, Texas’ premier water park. According to Schlitterbahn’s catchy commercial, it is “the hottest coolest time in Texas.”

If water parks are not your thing, you could go swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, walk along the beautiful beaches of Galveston or just mingle with the kinfolk of New Braunfels.

If you are less inclined to make the voyage outside of Houston, then by far the best way to beat the heat is in your own backyard.

If you have a pool, invite everyone over and play pool basketball with the bros. For those who do not know, pool basketball is simply a regular game of basketball, except it is played in a pool. Crank up the tunes, make a tall pitcher of hibiscus tea to sip on, and the Houston heat will feel insignificant in no time.

If going to a water park or playing pool basketball still does not take the edge off of the sizzling combination of heat and humidity, then the obvious next choice is to go to Canada, the native land of our Principal Rev. Patrick Fulton, C.S.B.

Canada is essentially the ice-box of North America, which means that it is more than likely going to be much cooler than Texas at any given time of the year.

If you go far enough north into the Yukon Territory, you may even be able to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis. If you are close enough to the Arctic Circle to see this beautiful phenomenon of lights in the sky, the weather will no doubt be a welcome change compared to Houston, Texas.

Perhaps the best and cheapest method of keeping cool is simply staying indoors with the air conditioning on. Turn the AC up high, grab a glass of hibiscus tea, sit back and watch the Houston Astros as they continue their historic run for a record-setting season.

Since there are many activities to cool you down in Houston’s sticky heat, just staying inside as an option may be overlooked.