August 26th, 2004


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.