Where were you 10 years ago today?

Ten years ago this month, Chicago experienced one of worst heat waves in its history. They’ve mentioned it on WBEZ; there is a google map of itbook and a Wikipedia entry on this tragedy. A lot of talk has gone on about what we’ve done since then: The new city and county plans for heat waves (for instance, on heat advisory and ozone action days, juvenile court Probation Officers are supposed to check on at risk clients), new cooling centers and what not. What I’m interested in is where people were 10 years ago.

10 years ago today, I was back from College for my summer break. My girlfriend and I were running a few errands in the suburbs (La Grange to be exact) when my car broke down in the middle of the street. It over-heated. I managed to push the car into a gas station, where we waited for a ride back home. My girlfriend and I passed out from heat exhaustion while we were waiting for our ride…

3 Comments so far

  1. tankboy (unregistered) on July 13th, 2005 @ 11:00 am

    Ten years ago I had just moved back here from Normal, Illinois and was briefly living with my parents. But was I smart enough to spend time staying in their air conditioning? NO!

    Instead I was dating this really hot Northwestern girl (there are a few of them) and sweating my ass of in her non-air-conditioned apartment watching video tapes and, um, doing other stuff that didn’t exactly lower the internal heat index.

  2. Lauren (unregistered) on July 13th, 2005 @ 11:08 am

    I was spending an inordinate amount of time swimming in my skivvies at the illicit rope swing at Lake Minear, and getting eaten alive by the mosquitoes that feast there. Excessive Heat + Forest + Water = Huge Welts all over my body from hungry bugs. It was worth it just to be in the water.

  3. roderick (unregistered) on July 13th, 2005 @ 11:16 am

    I was 14. I was probably playing Nintendo, signing on to AOL chat rooms, and getting grounded.

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