With temperatures being in the 90s lately, this may be a good time to make an attempt to 'think cooler.'

Let's face it – sometimes air conditioners don't work well or fast enough, fans blow hot air back at you, a cold shower only lasts so long, and parading around naked poses its own problems. So what to do? Not much more, I guess.....but I figured I'd post some old photos of kids going sledding during winter time. It seems it wasn't that long ago when we had snow on the ground, and it will be back again before you realize where all the time went.

We had great fun in the snow when we were kids: sledding, tobogganing, sliding on the ice...in fact, when I was in elementary school, the maintenance man did something nice for the kids. He would go out to a hill behind the school and drench it with water. When it froze, we had a great hill to slide down – on our butts, our stomachs, and our feet...didn't even need a sled! Of course, doing that is unheard of now...too many complaints and legal charges would arise.

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Living in Michigan, we had some great sledding hills...it was a pain to have to walk back up the hill, but going down again was worth it...and we didn't need any “lift” to get us back to the top. Maybe ten seconds to get to the bottom of the hill, and five minutes to walk back to the top.

The sledding pictures in the gallery below probably won't help cool you off (if you're not around air conditioning), but maybe they will at least get your mind off the heat for awhile.

Sledding: 1900-1940


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