Monday, January 21, 2013

Sweating in the Winter

When I walked into the classroom last Monday, the thermostat read 45°. And my jaw hit the floor.

Last week started off cold. It had been cold for a few weeks. Well, cold for us. I know the rest of you that get real weather, like snow, consider us wimps, and perhaps we are. No, no perhaps. I guess it's just what you're used to, and we're used to things being a little bit warmer.

I shivered under my heavy sweater. Then I turned on the heater.

The heater worked well. By the time the class showed up, the temperature was up to 52°. By the end of first period, we were at a comfortable 70°.

About that time, when we had achieved room temperature, a girl called me over.

"Could you turn on the air conditioner? It's too warm in here."

Never fails. I don't care what the temperature is. Someone always wants me to turn on the air conditioner.

5 comments:

  1. At least the girl has excellent blood circulation. In my area, most of the households keep their thermostats set at 65 degrees to save money. That's just a normal thing for people with kids. My brother is also doing that and his house "feels cold" to me. I keep my house warm. People complain it's too hot at 75 degrees. It's a very small apartment so it only costs me $40 a month to heat it that way. Plus I run an air purifier and a humidifier so that my sinuses don't dry out. I guess I'm glad I live by myself. It's perfectly acclimatized to me.

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  2. I guess it's just very much what you're used to. Seventy five degrees fahrenheit sounds unnaturally warm to me but I live in Scotland so basically anything above fifty degrees is tropical to me. ;) I wander around in tshirts at fifty degrees.

    All the same! Being cold is never nice.

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  3. Some people are hot all the time. It's usually the same people who never think to dress in layers so they can take off their sweatshirt if they get warm.

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  4. Considering tomorrow's high temperature around here is supposed to top out at 6, I don't consider you a wimp. I consider you smart and wonder why it is I don't live somewhere like that.

    That said... My significant other and I are always fighting over the thermostat. He turns it up, I turn it down. I like the house cold.

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  5. My daughter and I are total opposites. She is cold and I get hot. But she is the kid (all be it in her thirties) so I always give in and step outside. The temp in the teens cools me off.

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