Worst-Case Wednesday: Surviving Summer Conundrums

Posted by Courtney Daniels

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With summer in full swing, it’s time for another seasonal Worst-Case Wednesday. Again, I’ve delved into the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Life for some strategies. I’ve taken a random sampling of summer scenarios (apologies for the abundant alliteration) to handle common summer conundrums.

Common Summer Conundrums
From Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Life by David Borgenicht and Joshua Piven

Long Lines (At An Amusement Park): Enter the park as soon as it opens in the morning and move immediately to the most popular rides first, consulting maps and brochures to plot the path of maximum efficiency. Visit popular rides at dinnertime, when lines are generally shorter. Make use of any appointment-time ticketing options made available by the park. Visit the park on a weekday while school is in session, if possible.

Excessive Perspiration: Apply antiperspirant containing 12 percent aluminum chloride to armpits, palms, feet, face, back, chest, or other problem areas. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored cotton clothing to help mask visible sweat marks.

Air Conditioning Blows Out in Hot Weather: Check the circuit breakers to determine if the breaker to the A/C system has been tripped—the system should be on a dedicated circuit. Move the breaker to the “on” position if it is off. If the system does not have a dedicated breaker, turn nonessential appliances off, then restart the system. If the system does not turn on, open the windows, move to the lowest floor of the house, and keep your feet in a pot of cool water.

Swimmer’s Ear: Carefully clean the ear canal and apply antibacterial eardrops or boric acid. In severe cases, you may put the drops on a small sponge and place the sponge in your ear canal to keep the medicine in place.

For more information on the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Life, visit its official book page!