Monday, November 17, 2008

Fan the Cool, But Don't Fan the Flames

We're not quite sure why, but Lauren of Mindful Things has added Junk Thief to her Facebook group Fan of Fans. Considering that her first feature is a Hello Kitty fan (with blades and a motor, not just an enthusiast), it seems like a dandy little group to have joined.

Junk Thief actually likes fans and once had a collection of some really nice pre-Mid-Century fans. Fans should be black and chrome not colorful and plastic. They should be so noisy that you can't hear anything but their roar and should have at least a couple of spots mended with black electrician's tape. There is something very hypnotic and all consuming about a nice noisy fan on a balmy summer afternoon.

Fans scream out old money Boston Brahman shabby chic. One thing that bonds New Englanders, Europeans and San Franciscans is a disdain for ice cubes and air conditioning. Junk Thief isn't very fond of air conditioning, but he prefers it to heat. Ice cubes, of course, remind him of his twin nemesises -- colas and sweet iced tea.

Worse than air conditioning are those damned heaters for eating al fresco in California. If you can't stand the chill, stay out of the outdoor dining room, Junk Thief always says. Maybe he's a northern European, where people have elegant (low heat index) candle-lit suppers in chilly dining rooms in heavy evening finery. Or maybe he's just peeved that San Francisco is having unseasonably hot weather in November. Fortunately it's supposed to start cooling off and should be nice by Wednesday. Bring out the top hats and silk scarves!

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At 11:00 PM, Blogger joe said...

I'm sure you have some corner in which that Hello Kitty fan would look perfect, next to an overstuffed Queen Anne armchair.

At 11:03 PM, Blogger WAT said...

I'm not so big on air conditioning either. I actually lived in my old house for summers on end with no AC and I survived just fine on fans. It was kind of awesome to want to go outside to hang at night in the cool air.

Mind you, having to go to work with no AC would be atrocious though. All those breathing humans confined in that one big giant office would be maddening. And with these fires, having no AC there would be death.

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Joe - Good idea. It should look good on my King Edward table next to the Queen Anne chair.

WAT - A/C at home is not that important in California compared to summers in other places.

At 6:17 AM, Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

I am a big fan of fans and not wo with a/c ..

I would like to see a reemergence of elegant hand fans....

At 7:09 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Mouse - When I went to see Jane Goodall recently, they gave us fans with a picture of a chimp head on it. Then they took a picture of everyone in the audience with their fan in front of their face.


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