When I was a youth, when it got hot during summer / fall, we would sometimes pile into the “den”, close the blinds, turn on the in-window air conditioner and play Allan Sherman records all day. The den not only had a ‘stereo’, but a B&W TV as well.
I had the air conditioner in the den replaced a few years back, as the old one had ceased to keep things cool. About a month ago, we had a serious heat-wave in Long Beach, CA – 110F in the shade (at about 1:00pm)! Time to turn on the air! Hotter than Las Vegas, NV! Time to close the blinds, before the late afternoon sun hits it. I bet the clothes hanging outside to dry got really, really dry!
Not a good day to transport vinyl anywhere, when it gets that hot. How do the folks in Las Vegas or Phoenix survive? How do their record collections survive? I mean, you can’t air condition absolutely everywhere / everything!
In both Japan and New Zealand, I remember shopping for records when it was hot – and humid. Is it a mildew smell? Sometimes record stores in countries where it’s hot & humid have a funny smell to ‘em. “How do I get this back to the hotel?”
Less of a problem with CD’s than with vinyl, eh, readers? I don’t know that I ever successfully accidentally warped a compact disc, but I am certain it can happen. When it gets as hot as it was, I know that the CD’s in my car are all ones that I have made – so it matters not if they fly / bend. I do not take my proper CD’s into my car to play.
The mind boggles: warped laser discs, warped DVD’s…melted videotape…
But when it gets as hot as it was…not too interested in going out and driving around anyway. Good weather for a nap. On the morning where it got so hot, I even knew instinctively to ‘turn off’ my amplifier, as it is a room that is not air conditioned. No problem to run the computer, that room is air conditioned!
Is the modern day electrical equipment easier / better to run than the old stuff? I can only imagine that it took more juice to spin records than to play CD’s.
On September 27th, this year – it got to 113F in Los Angeles – the hottest day on record since they started keeping records. All the records are safe, though. Fortunately, it has cooled off a bit since then – with almost ‘normal’ fall weather around here now; it rained recently – which brings to mind the places I have visited where the records all smell moldy (from all the rain?!)…
I’ve also recently been looking at my lists of purchases from 2002 – all those record stores that aren’t there anymore! All the crap I bought! I am thinking of writing a book of my last decade: “Tales of Record Collector Glory”! Perhaps I shall do one of those ‘vanity press’ books, via Flickr.