I am so tired of freezing in June, July, and August. I grew up in the country. We didn’t have air conditioning. Fans sufficed. We wore shorts and tank tops. We tried to absorb the heat like solar batteries to get us through the long upstate New York winters.
My husband grew up in a high rise in the Bronx. But he went to sleep-away camp in the Catskills every summer. Yet he must have air conditioning. Why?
I do not understand the obsession with air conditioning. I hate going to work because it’s so blessed cold half my co-workers are running space heaters. It would be more cost efficient to reset the AC from “meat locker” to “summer dawn on the lake” and let those who are warm use a fan than it is to run at “meat locker” and have more people turning on their space heaters. But what do I know? I shouldn’t have to wear a cardigan inside when it’s 90 degrees outside.
Yes, I will run the air conditioning in my car, spoiled American wench that I am, but I prefer opening the windows and the moon roof.
Just because the thermometer reads 75F does not mean the air conditioner needs to go on at home. It roars. The noise pollution is as bad as the frigidity.
Summer is supposed to be hot. You’re supposed to open windows to catch warm summer breezes and the scent of flowers.
I’m not talking about deadly heat waves. I’m not talking about deserts. I don’t live near a desert. I’m the first to turn on the AC when the weather hits 90+. I’m not an unreasonable woman.
And it’s not unreasonable to expect warmth in the summer.