…Where the deer and the antelope play. Where seldom is heard….


Got off into the weeds there (not that kind) thinking about our latest experiment in personal health and wellness.

A little story as background: When I was a child (back when television wasn’t around) I had athsma something terrible. Then, along in about 1963, or so, there was this company called Puretron that came out with a dandy air purifying system.

It was solidly built – made basically out of a steel box. Inside the box was a fan which drew air in through about a 3” by 4” filter. And from there, the air was routed through a compartment where there were two germicidal ultra-violet lights.

To make a long story short, the air that came out of this thing was amazing to breath. It wasn’t super-high in ozone, but enough so that I could feel its effects.

Fast-forward to six months back (I told you about negative ions if you look through the article index) and I picked up a used EdenAire G-7 area air cleaner.

We used it a bit now and then, because when we turned on the ozone function,l it really cleared the house of cooking odors and the like.

A little background about Ozone: The government doesn’t like it – and it is mixed up with perceptions about pollution. But that may be because ozone is O3 – instead of the normal O2 molecules of normal air.

As such, ozone is considerably more reactive than “normal air” – and there are some things (like soft plastic seals and rubber seals) that ozone ages with a vengeance.

Ozone has a slight pungency to it, which I think of as fresh burned air, which is how it is manufactured – with high-intensity ultra violet light.  Or high voltage plates.

On the other hand – and to avoid having to deal with the Fooled and Drugged Administration I will tell right here that I am not selling anything and to go do your own research and talk to your healthcare provider – BUT there is possibly something about cancer that doesn’t seem to get out there much – and that’s the importance of serious cell-level oxygenation. And in some countries, treatment with ozone is considered close to standard, from what I’ve read (but I’m no doctor, yada, yada, I want to call my lawyer, etc.).

One line of inquiry is whether ozone might work like hyperbaric chambers which (drug companies will hate) actually seem to have some anti-cancer properties…But again, where are the double-blinds, the control groups, and what about my lawyer call?

Fast forward to last week: With my eyes coming back on line, and having a dangerously fast clicker-finger, a Puretron unit came up for sale on eBay. So for $35 (and free shipping) I picked on up.

Within minutes, there was another bid and for $29 bucks, four spare UB lights and two filters for the unit were snagged on BIN (buy it now, in case you still have your brain on the nightstand).

Now, I have been really clear on this, but so there is no mistake, I am the world’s biggest negative ion addict. When I am about after a lightning storm, or when there’s an ozone machine around, or around a water fall (and the shower in the morning is close) it’s like throwing a triple shot Americano tall on my brain with a shake.

Now, I am not suggesting that you look into ozone machine, or that you spend money on them.

But we like the effects – a small one in my office is on 24-7 and the one in the house (the EdenAire) has a one hour cycle of 20 minutes of ozone and 40 minutes of fan that works well.  New UV-light for it was found on Amazon for what we call “budget dust.”

Toss all that in with the negative ions off 3-1/2 inches of rain and at least for a day or three, I will be deliriously happy, not to mention well oxygenated.

With a lube, oil, and filter coming up right after the fourth of July (and they want me to make this a fasting visit for a blood draw), I’m debating whether I should even mention this or the fact that I’m taking the Life Extension 500 mg chromium picolinate which really does level out blood sugar, or at least that is what it feels like. But again, this is not an endorsement, but just a personal research note you may want to look into and discuss with your healthcare professional. Member FDIC. I want to talk to my lawyer.

But I like ozone, and I don’t see it as the uber bad stuff – and in fact, the One
Worlder’s fret about holes in the Ozone Layer as being bad for humanity.

It would be nice to see government departments (warming and FDA) to synch up their stories, but near as I can figure, different paymasters will get different endorsements.

Because I have a pretty good idea who reports to whom in the great scheme of complexity and ozone ain’t getting the respect it deserves.

90 Days in Hell Texas

I mentioned in the Monday column that we are now into what we refer to in these parts as the 90-days in Hell that makes living in East Texas more of a challenge than the miserable state of local roads.

It’s not that the heat is so bad – a mere 89F on Monday. But what makes it uncomfortable is the high humidity. It is simply not possible to dump 3-1/2 inches of rain on the ground one day, and have temps into the low 90’s the next, without wondering if this is the testing site for deodorants, or just what-all.

Elaine’s back into the summer habit of putting frozen goods into quilted double-layered freezer bags, and even this doesn’t assure things will remain solidly frozen for the short ride home.

Not like East Texas is alone in this: Down Houston way, warmer and wetter, it’s even worse.

Out in the Hill Country, north of San Antonio, up through Bandera and on into Kerrvile, it’s much the same, but with the drier desert lands out west, not quite so…drippy.

Prepping for such weather is not something we have gotten too serious about yet. For now, there is electricity and we have enough solar gain on all but cloudy days to huddle in the UrbanSurvival office and surf the web if things ever came to that.

Eventually, though, I keep thinking about putting in some kind of small underground home in addition to the house. But even this is fraught with “issues” let’s call them.

First is the local wildlife is always looking for a home, and a buried container, which sounds OK on paper, with a pond liner and some I-bars to solid-up the roof, sounds like it would be workable. And yes, maybe it would hold 67 year round.

But that gets us to the matter of ventilation for such a structure. After the kind of rains we’ve had around here, the septic gets cranky for a day or three and that means that any underground home would need to include either a French drain set-up, or you’d need to put in a sump, and pump and now you’re back tied to power requirements.

Ditto cooling the air, too.

I made up plans a couple of years back to build a large underground heat sink which would be comprised of 200-feet of plastic pipe – 8-inch diameter – and buried down 6-7 feet. I figured that back-filled, it would supply almost unlimited and very cool air into the office.

The problem, though, was working out another low point in the design where water could accumulate. If it could be managed, a simple 12V or 24V fan, like the good ones from West Marine, might give a very cheap cooling solution.

But the sump problem vexed that project out of existence. While I’m sure it could be done, anything that let’s out condensation seemed likely to be an onramp for bugs…which is that last thing I wanted having access to the office via 200 feet of pipe. The fresh air in would be easy… a holder for a car-sized air conditioner filter should do fine. Maybe an old pair of nylons draped over the opening as an insurance plan against small critters.

With a 6-foot off the ground intake stack of slippery pastic, it might be OK. But I kept coming back to the sump problem.

We have, like our friends out in the Phoenix area, tried the “misters” for this time of year. But unlike the Valley of the Fried, here in the humid south, the swamp coolers don’t work, and the effect of the misters is to turn sweat into watered down basting fluid…along the lines of chicken broth for salt content.

I haven’t got too much to complain about in terms of air conditioning. We slowly increase the ambient temp to 78-79 by the end of summer. Come September, it will go down 2-degrees per month for 4 months and then start the annual increases again in the spring.

I’m in no particular hurry to get outdoors and working hard…at least until October. Once the eyes are back to 100%, the next problem will be finding a new excuse. Right now the concept of “Can’t see snakes” is playing well to that small audience of one.

Toss in a trip out of state to see the kids and it should be a lot less than a full 90-days of heat. If I can figure out how to afford 3-weeks of vacation (you’d think it would be easy when ‘retired’ but it’s not) plus maybe a side trip or two, we could be down to 9-weeks at the

Texas baking temp of 350F.

I apologize in advance for whining about the heat so much, but it’s true even the devil wouldn’t hang around Texas in the summer.

Instead, she’s up North campaigning.

When some damn fool back in historical times declared “The Sooth Shall Rise Again!” I’m sure it had nothing to do with race or politics.

It was a warning about summers temps south of the Mason-Dixon 90 day Sauna markers.  April shows bring May flowers north of there.  June showers bring live steam further south.

Write when you get rich, or send a bag of ice.