I decided to do some volunteer work during my Summer break from college.
There are many agencies in town that are desperate for help so I didn’t have to look too hard for a place to pitch in.
One place in particular was in dire need of people to help out in the Soup Kitchen. I love to cook and I work as a waitress at night, this seemed like a perfect fit. It was there that I learned a very interesting thing, people drink hot coffee on the hottest days to cool off. I know, this sounds a bit crazy, but it is scientifically proven to work. Here I thought that they would love to come in out of the heat, sit in the air conditioned dining room, and enjoy a cool beverage. When the staff told me that they went through over a hundred cups of coffee each meal I was shocked. I actually started watching the crowd and doing a bit of research on my own. I asked many of the guests why they drank hot coffee during the summer and they told me that it made them feel better. The caffeine, along with the heat caused them to perspire and that was the bodies way of cooling off its internal engines. I guess this makes sense although I am still not willing to try it for myself. I will stick to a cool glass of water and an air conditioning vent to cool myself down when I am too warm. The whole idea of sweating to get cool only works if you are outside in a fairly strong breeze in my book.