@Suntimes I’m working inside of my office with no AC and no air circulation! Wait…
That’s when I remembered that I do own an electric fan — and a pretty cool electric fan at that.
All through my neighborhood, air conditioners have been humming for 24 or 48 hours as Chicago/Milwaukee-land experiences its first truly warm weather of the year. Local TV newscasts are featuring heat index readings in fat, red fonts and — as Dan Cody points out — Milwaukee’s newspaper has already shot their “egg frying on car” wad. One wonders what they’ll report in July.
I am in no such panic, and I’m not about to close the windows and shut out the very weather that everyone complained all month we weren’t getting. I like wearing shorts and slippas. In the afternoon, we often get a sensational breeze off Lake Michigan.
Also, I’m a bit of an ultraconservative in some ways. What did people do before central air turned us all into delicate wimps? How did The Greatest Generation cope when temperatures soared above 80?
They flipped on a fan, is what they did. Many of them, in fact, flipped on a Vornado table fan that looked almost exactly like mine.
As I have mentioned before, I’m partial to mid-century, World War II-era stuff. However, a lot of the actual stuff from that period is pretty rusty and musty when you find it in the antique shops these days.
That’s why I especially enjoy a good replica. With a replica, you get all of the swell styling of the original — but without the original owners’ stains and odors.
In our kitchen, for example, we have the Grundig 960 Classic AM/FM Shortwave Radio replica. It looks old, but it also works as well as any new radio, and there are no nasty tubes heating up or going on the fritz.
And now, up here in my office, I have the electric fan — the Vornado CR1-0061-28 Retro 1940’s Replica Metal 3-speed Air Circulator creating some nice air movement.
The thing I really got a kick out of, though, was that when I decided to add both of these items to my famous, Oprah-inspired “favorite stuff” store, I noticed that the price of each has gone up.
I paid $149.98 for the radio in 2005, and today it’s $197.99. Okay, no huge shocker there.
The table fan, however, cost me $99.95 in March, 2008.
It is now priced at $253.99 — up 154 percent in just 15 months!
Take that, Antiques Roadshow.