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Dealing with the heat when you have no A/C

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It’s hard enough to work or play outside when the mercury rises to near record highs, but when you don’t have air conditioning at home, keeping cool can be just as hard.

Dave Olvera says if you can’t beat the heat, join it.

He owns Olvera’s Texas Pit Barbecue. Working on a smoker that gets as hot as 300 to 400 degrees. Combine that with a hot and muggy day like today, and that makes for a steamy combo that would send many indoors.

But not Olvera.

“More disturbing when you go into a place that's got air conditioning. Then it just kind of ruins your whole mode for the day,” Olvera said.

Olvera said he’d rather stay hot, saying it makes it easier for him to work and serve hungry customers like Richard Boothe.

“I really appreciate it. We just came from Bay City because they're up there sometimes, too. We happened to be up there looking for them and we didn't see them and we live in Midland and we stopped off the expressway and saw them and said yes! So here we are,” Boothe said.

Even though Boothe enjoyed a tasty lunch, he understands the effort it took to make his meal on an oppressive day.

“I have done hot work like that before and it's just miserable out in this kind of weather. It's humid but they're out there and they always have a smile on their face. And they always give good service,” Boothe said.

As for Olvera, he's right at home behind the smoker. No matter what weather Mid-Michigan orders up.

“A lot of people don't like to cook in the heat and that's why we're out here doing it because everybody's got to do a dirty job somewhere,” Olvera said.

If you have friends or neighbors who are living without an air conditioner, please check on them over the next few days.

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