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A little less than a happy high
Call me crazy
I sit here writing in my office, cool air blowing down on me from the vent that hangs over a good portion of my desk. Outside, the city is gripped by this second day of the summer’s first heat wave. I, on the other hand, am tucked away in my stale air that measures in at all of 65 degrees. I can’t even imagine what the past two days have been like for Paul, whose shop reached 85 with a 50% humidity last week.

Truth be known, though, I haven’t wanted to come into the office for the past couple of days. No, this isn’t the typical "I hate my job and will avoid it at all cost" woes. It’s as simple as not wanting to be in this air-conditioned environment.

I know it’s weird, but over the past few days, the heat here has struck me as a good thing. If anything, the heat has seemed honest. I want to be outside and sticky, knowing that my body working to cool itself. I want to feel my muscles working, drawing in the heat and somehow energized by it. Sure it’s uncomfortable, but the discomfort is just part of the experience. It’s real, it’s tangible, and it makes a great deal more sense than closing myself in a box and getting doused with refrigerant-cooled air.

Near as I can tell, I’m not a side of beef. And before you get on me for not knowing what it’s really like out there, let me just share that I’ve chosen these hottest days of the summer so far to start bicycling into work again. I know, it's HOT.

On a side note, I blame air conditioning for summer colds. I’ve no empirical evidence to support this, just some cockamamie theory I cooked up somewhere along the way. Summer colds seem to hit during the hottest part of the summer, when the difference between the real world and the maxi-fridge is the greatest. As our bodies struggle to adapt to the 20-30 degree temperature changes that occur every time we step in or out of our offices, we’re left weakened. Whatever virus or bacteria we’ve happened to pick up in the course of our day (which, of course, are thriving in the heat) go straight to work on us.

Current Mood: busy busy
Current Music: The American Measles, "Parade of the Diaper People"

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komos From: komos Date: July 2nd, 2002 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)
And my office has the added bonus of something that may or may not be asbestos.

Ah, the marvels of the modern age.
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: July 2nd, 2002 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty sure that it is the constant temperature shifts and the fact most AC's are dirty. I like the sweaty heat too and would much rather be outside stewing than in here working.
komos From: komos Date: July 2nd, 2002 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)
It's good to know that I'm not the only one who has these strange feelings. I've never quite understood the "they don't have a/c, so I won't go" mentality. I grok the same wrongness with this as I do with lawns in Phoenix, AZ.
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