How do you adapt to the Desert?

I have lived in the Desert for almost six months now, and my adapting to it is not getting any better. I am having a worse time than I could have imagined. I thought moving to the desert was going to be a piece of cake. I was used to the heat because I lived in the Southeast for my entire life. Had I know that I was not just going to be hot, but hot and unable to breathe, I may have thought twice about this transfer. The funny thing is that I don’t really mind the heat and dry air most of the time, but mostly when I am in my car. The desert heat is actually a bit more easier to get used to than all of the humidity of the Southeast. When I am in my car, however, I need to always have water with me. I have good air conditioning, but it is meant to take the humidity out of the air. The air conditioning cools the air, but I still have a hard time staying hydrated. I couldn’t figure out why the car AC was different from the AC in my apartment. I was talking to a friend and they told me that the AC units in this area are evaporative coolers. An evaporative cooler is made to put moisture back into the air instead of drawing it out. They tell me that winter will be a bit better, but they also say that winter doesn’t last very long around here. I guess I’ll be able to open a window during the winter.



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