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the story of an invisible girl
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Temperature Extremes
Today at lunch I zipped out to a shoe store and bought (no, not shoes, that would be too easy) a pair of sports pants and socks. I did this because I had a gift certificate. (So really when I say "bought" I don't actually mean "spent money on". Isn't that the nicest way of "buying" things?)

It's warm outside today, and it was even hotter in my car. My car thermometer read 157 degrees. Now it has a tendency to get a little whiny and exaggerate things, but still -- it was hot out. I was glad that the car has air conditioning.

When I was through, I stopped at a deli and bought a nice cold diet pepsi. Arriving back at my office building, I saw a woman coming up behind me carrying a carry-out tray of drinks. She clearly had her hands full, so I paused and held the door open for her. The drinks consisted of 2 hot coffees and 3 iced beverages.

She thanked me for holding the door and, nodding at the drinks, she remarked, "I don't know why anyone would want to drink coffee right now, it's way too hot!" I agreed with a friendly smile. I was still feeling warm, and hot coffee sounded most unpleasant.

After she had walked away though, it occurred to me that I have been drinking hot coffee and hot chocolate all morning today. The fact is: although it is hot and muggy outside, my office is freezing. The air conditioning is working overtime. As I write this entry, I am sitting here wearing a short-sleeved shirt, a denim jacket, and a zip-up hoodie draped over my shoulders. I even have the hood pulled up over my ears.

I am drinking my nice cold diet pepsi, and it's tasty, but I really wish I had stolen one of her hot coffees. Come to think of it, maybe I should go downstairs and see if I can figure out where she works.
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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: August 26th, 2004 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
One of the DBAs I work with has a digital thermometer in his office, yesterday it got up to 68 degrees, today it's the more normal 64. Yes, those are the right degrees on the fahrenheit scale.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 26th, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yuck, I'd turn into an icicle.

I should get a thermometer for my desk.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 26th, 2004 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
(Of course, I'd probably find out that it's around 80 degrees when I'm cold....!)
polaron From: polaron Date: August 26th, 2004 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Someone today thought it was cold in the office at 73 degrees F.

And I was like: wha ? It's, like, 90 outside. This feels grrreat...

But that's just me :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 26th, 2004 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

you should be so lucky

Your avg car costs you ~18k, but it isn't profit for wasting on the peons. At GM it's bldg policy (at least in the bldg I'm in -which is something like %80+ contract -which tells you what they think of us) to turn OFF the AC at 330pm (and it's not one of those fluke things -you can physically hear the ac/air circulators turn off).

By 4, it's just as hot/humid as it is outside, yet walk out to the hallway and it's at ~working temp, minus all our hot air from have to leave the doors open.

Maybe your dad and the other non-expendables probably get more respect on the other side of the street ;)

MJP
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