Sunday, May 23, 2010

You Ever Wonder Why?

I have been a bit derelict in my blogging duties as of late and I offer my sincerest apologies. Lately my book has occupied a majority of my time. So you can understand that when I wasn’t doing book stuff, more writing was the last thing that I wanted to do. I am not sure whether that is a valid excuse or not. Maybe it’s not because I do feel a bit guilty. Therefore I decided to take a moment or two to introduce a new semi-regular feature called “You Ever Wonder Why?”

Once a week or whenever the spirit moves me I will shoot out a quick blog about a random conundrum. They will be done in the style of Andy Rooney, the crusty curmudgeon from 60 Minutes, hence the name of the feature.

Today is the first day of an extended period of extremely warm weather. Weather prognosticators are calling for temperatures to be in the mid 80s for the next four or five days. When you mix in dew points near 70, I don’t call it warm. To me it’s simply uncomfortable.

With that weather forecast in mind, I pose my first “You Ever Wonder Why?” How come some people don’t think twice about cranking the heat up the instant they feel cold? Yet these same people are extremely reluctant to turn on the air conditioning when it is hot. You ever wonder why?

Maybe these folks feel that AC is some sort of luxury item that should only be used on very special occasions. Like when somebody is all shiny and lying on the floor covered in a pool of his or her own sweat.

Perhaps, while frostbite and hypothermia should be avoided at all costs, it is okay to be suffering from heat prostration and hyperthermia. Is one condition really more acceptable than the other?

Or is that it that running the AC when it’s hot costs considerably more than when you keep the house at a toasty 72° in the winter time? I don’t know, I’m just asking. Does one really cost more than the other?

Finally, you ever wonder why these people have not realized that you can always put on more clothes when you are cold? On the other hand, when you are hot you can only take off so much before it just gets plain ugly. I ain’t saying, I’m just saying.

If anyone can help me with this rather perplexing question, please feel free to leave me a comment. Until next time…from the booth.


Leplume said...

I have often wondered why. I work in an office with a lot of women who complain about how cold it is all the time. It is rarely cold in the office. I catch them jimmying the thermostat to suit their personal body temps while the rest of us melt. One day when it was at least 70 outside, one of them actually turned the heat back on and cranked it to 75. I sit across from the thermostat at work. Now if I see one of them even come clsoe to it I bellow "DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!!"

Put on a damn sweater already and leave the rest of us alone! I'm with ya...this week is going to be uncomfortable.

Paul E. Vagnoni said...

Way to go Mary! You will now be know as the thermostat Nazi!!!

Anonymous said...

We have the same in our office - people sitting one side complain they are too hot whilst others sitting parallel to them complain it is too cold. We had to suffer on Friday when the air con for the whole of the building packed up. Surprisingly although there is a minimum temperature the office has to be before you get sent home there is not a maximum. So you roast. The joys of air con. Us here in the UK have just hit maximum temperatures too.Really hot but no air con at home for us.

Paul, please do not feel guilty about no blog we have plenty to re-cap on if we need to. Await the book !

Paul E. Vagnoni said...

Sue, it must be a global problem!