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Teen Talk

August 13, 2011

On the Go: Goal No. 1 of summer? Stay cool

I hope by the time this column gets into print, this seemingly endless heat wave we've been suffering through will be long gone.

It was tortuous wasn't it? Especially for upstate New York residents such as ourselves, to whom truly warm weather usually comes around less frequently than Halley's Comet. Our bodies just aren't prepared for that type of heat and humidity, as say, a resident of Southern Florida would be. We, who keep preparing for those freak snowstorms late into the spring, are simply too under-prepared when it comes to keeping ourselves cool in those few, but scorching summer days.

But never fear! I have been known to always pack an average of 12 different outfits, even for a day trip, which I believe qualifies me for the title of Champion of Preparedness (or at the very least, Your Royal Chronic Over-packer), and I have prepared several helpful tips for you to get you through the dog days of summer.

Step 1: Locate and Utilize a Body of Water

This is your first step before you can begin the best thing about summer _ swimming. If you're lucky enough to have a pool, utilize it please.

And then invite me over.

It is one of the worst injustices to have a pool but not use it for its sole purpose on a hot summer day.

If you do not have your own pool, head immediately to the nearest town's pool or lake. However, if the closest body of water around is your bathtub, and you're too lazy or too frugal to spend your gas money driving to the lake, progress to...

Step 2: Befriend people with a pool

Proceed with caution. You do not want to lead these people to believe that the only reason you are interested in them is for their pool.

Try to immerse yourself in their interests and hobbies.

If that doesn't work, tell them the truth.

I'm sure they'll take a minute to appreciate your honesty before they slam the door in your face.

Step 3: Get desperate/creative

So you're all out of ideas now, and you've lost a few friends in the quest to find a little H20. Don't give up hope!

Because the key to summer heat relief actually resides in your very household. Turn on the sprinkler and run around, or have an impromptu water balloon fight. Just don't hurt anybody. And if you do, don't mention my name. I'm a poor college kid now, I can't afford any lawsuits.

Believe me, I've tried everything possible to beat the heat these past summers in town. It's not easy.

That's why I try to make as many summer traditions as I can focus around keeping cool. I know which friends I can call to run around in a sprinkler with despite how childish it may seem. (18-year-olds need to cool down, too.) I make it a priority to get my butt to the lake with a few friends after a grueling, sweaty dance class -- even if the water is freezing and they always make me go in first to check for some genetically impossible aquatic life. And every summer, my best friend and I have a tradition to use a Slip-n-Slide at least once before school starts. If you don't have a Slip-n-Slide, just manufacture one out of a tarp and a hose.

Beating the summer heat is easy if you're not afraid to get a little creative and abandon all of your dignity. If you happen to see some older kids running around under a sprinkler shrieking with delight this summer, one of them is probably me.

But I would think twice about stopping to laugh at us -- we have water balloons.

Adrian Adamo, a 2011 graduate of Oneonta High School, will be a freshman at Emerson College in Boston. 'Teen Talk' columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk.

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