Can we get any more self-indulgent? These desert dwellers have decided that the best way to survive the summer heat is to install gigantic misters and air-conditioners in their backyard.
Not content to spend summers housebound, Berger and his wife, Eileen, decided to reclaim their backyard with a misting system, a device that cools outdoor areas through the evaporation of a super-fine mist.
As Berger and I settle into chaise lounges with a view of his pool and palms, we chill to the whoosh of 50 tiny nozzles shooting out 3-foot-long plumes of fog from the periphery of the patio roof. The spray vaporizes before it touches us, leaving behind cooling clouds. Peering through this billowing hydro curtain, I get the sudden sensation that I’m tucked behind a Hawaiian waterfall. It’s a tropical vacation moment in the middle of the desert.
This is ridiculous. It’s not enough that you have to play golf in the desert, or chill the inside of your home to a chilly 68 degrees when it’s 110 outside. Now you have to cool the backyard, too? If you wanted a “billowing hydro curtain,” then why did you move to the Sonoran desert? What idiots.