The good news for me, and the who gives a darn news for you is that my back felt well enough to venture the eight-hour drive home today. Not only that, but I managed to do more than half of the driving.
Here's the bad news. Because it was so hot today, we had the AC (as in air conditioner and not Anvilcloud) on all of the way today. That affected our gas consumption considerably. When we drove to Ottawa over three weeks ago, the weather was cool and we didn't need to use the AC. Without the AC on, we managed to drive from Woodstock to Tweed — about 4 hours (220 miles, 350 kilometres) — before refuelling, and we still had some gas in the tank when we did stop to refuel. Today, on the return trip with the AC on, we needed to refuel 66 kilometres (40 miles) earlier, and we were running on fumes by then. That's quite a difference!
While I'm not exactly prepared to forsake the AC, I don't feel terribly proud of squandering resources and contributing (even more than I already do) to pollution and global warming. Yes, I do believe in global warming, Virginia, as does almost everybody on the planet except the present administration in Washington and its more ardent supporters who wear their blinkers ever so proudly. (Sorry, ardent supporters; I shouldn't get all political like that, but I can't help myself at times. Please forgive and resist throwing flames.)
AC has always been expensive. Even in the home, it seems to me that it costs us as much or more to lower the temperature 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit in a hot summer month than it does to raise the temperature 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit in a cold winter month. The difference is that it's pretty well a case of survival in winter, but it's all about creature comfort in summer.
And yet, I am unwilling to shut it off. What does that make me? An environmental charlatan?