It’s all green to me.

It’s a funny thing.

We think of monochrome as being black and white, or something sepia or in some shades of gray. Nature taught me something different. Monochrome can be any color as long as there aren’t contrasting colors. This picture is green and faded shades of green which became yellow. It’s also a monochromatic image.

This picture is also about fall. Autumn. The changing of natural seasons. It’s true that the weather is still hot. According to the predictive charts that I read, we should start cooling off tomorrow. A little. That trend should continue through at least next week, when temperatures stay in the mid to high eighties. Then summer’s heat should slowly fade away. And, we can open our windows for the first time since late April.

We live in air conditioned world.

When I look at old pictures of New Orleans I have two thoughts.

There was no air conditioning back then. Not until sometime in the 1950s. How did people do it? For sure, many people built houses to account for the heat. Raised Caribbean styled houses let air pass underneath which does provide some relief. High roofs also helped.

People dressed well. Men wore suits. Wool suits, until lighter weight fabrics came to be. Sheesh, if I have to be dressed nicely, I wear a seersucker suit. Even that’s too hot for me in summer. And, women. Oh gosh. It must have been very uncomfortable for them at anytime of year in New Orleans.

Two more thoughts for this fine Friday morning.

Air conditioning. Most newer models don’t send weird chemicals into the atmosphere, but they do generate heat. This can’t be good for the planet.

In case you are wondering, my seersucker suit is purple and white, which makes it look lavender from a distance. It is a three piece suit. Trousers, jacket and — get this — shorts.

Don’t laugh.

Gentlemen need to stay cool in the summer.




8 responses to “Changes”

  1. Judi Castille Avatar

    We need a photo of that suit! No air con here. We hide behind shutters in a thick walled barn. It’s ok. Outside is unbearable. We actually have a water crisis here right now. Complacency is the cause too. In the past water was saved. Today it’s thrown around. Tomorrow it might just disappear. Changes here too have to be made.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Nope. That’s an instagram game that I never play.

      Around here we say that, “we made it through 20 weeks of summer, now there’s only 32 more to go.”

      As far as complacency goes, that’s a human trait. Near as I can tell all environmental issues are created by humans. The elephant in the room is that there are way to many of us. We need a good pandemic…

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  2. Its.Tobi.D Avatar

    Pictures of the seersucker or it didn’t happen!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Nah. I never play that Instagram game.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Its.Tobi.D Avatar

        Is it? I didn’t realize! I have an image in my head of that suit. Sounds fun!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        Just so you know, I never publish pictures of me, musical miss and family. Storyteller isn’t built that way.


  3. Sharon E. Cathcart Avatar

    Tropical weight wool, apparently, breathes beautifully *and* wicks perspiration.

    I still wouldn’t want to test the theory. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I doubt that was available in 1880-1940. The pictures of men in suits showed very heavy material.


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