1) Cold showers and allowing yourself to air dry. This is what I do right before bed.
2) When going to bed, place one very cold and wet hand towel on your feet and one on your crotch. My use of the ball towel has saved me from heat stroke many times.
3) During the day, find any place that has AC and go there.
4) Drink lots of water. If some of it spills onto your naked lap while drinking it, even better.
5) If you aim a high-powered fan at yourself. it doesn't hurt.
6) Physical contact is not conducive to staying cool.
Those are my big six. If anyone has any other ideas, please share them.
Reformed skinhead endures agony to remove tattoos by Helen O'Neill
This article is about exactly what the title says it's about. Byron Widner was a leading white supremacist for 16 years and covered with hateful tattoos, even on his face. He underwent a grueling process to have his face tattoos removed.
Article: 9 of 10
It's a well-written piece of journalism. O'Neill describes Widner's frustration with his past choices and his desire to erase the past. Widner owns his mistakes; he just wants a fresh start.
Teachability: 10 of 10
I will use this. It doesn't glamorize Widner's racist past or make him out to be a heroic figure now. I like two things about this article. First, it makes tattoos seem worth thinking about before getting them which my students need to hear. Second, it will provoke some great discussion in class about race, mistakes, atonement, and even tattoos.