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Who said you got to be comfortable.

June 28th, 2008 at 04:35 pm

Most of the year the temperature is not comfy for humans..or at least not Americans who are spoiled.

So why do we expect to be comfy?

I once read an excellent fantasy book..can't recall the name, or author unfortunately...(or rather considering my addiction, fortunately!)

Anyway, one section really stood out in my mind, the hero was wondering afar, without food, and in the rain, with of course a mission to save the world. He reflected that the only thing stopping people from being able to survive such difficulty is the assumption we humans have of being well fed and comfortable. Animals have no such delusions. Life is hard, and often uncomfortable. Complaining about it, only reminds us of the trouble. (the hero of course was part wolf-no not Elfquest)

Which is why I am (and my children are) in the 80 degree house, not to bothered by a bit of sweat, while my husband (grew up with air conditioning) is ... cranky. He elected to go work in the garage...a place in his mind that is supposed to be hot and uncomfortable!

Dunno about you, but I would rather be a bit hot in the house, than roasting in the garage! But then again, the work does need done sometime.

8 Responses to “Who said you got to be comfortable.”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I lived for years without AC until I had my baby. Nursing in the summer was giving us both a belly rash with the body contact. That was when we got a window AC. Now, though, my metabolism has changed (to "old lady" I guess) and I prefer the temp at 80. That is good for our electric bill.

  2. nanamom Says:

    We don't have AC and I have no plans to get it but we do run fans in two of the rooms. Once the pipes are fixed (next week yea) we can go run under th esprinkler if we get too hot!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Very good points! I try to keep my activity level down during the really hot parts of the day. Then the higher A/C temp doesn't bother me so much!

  4. Thrifty Ray Says:

    I am finding that the older I get, the more the heat bothers me. I am conscientious about how much we run the coolers, but our house is usually in the high 90's during the summer, which is too darn hot. (We do not have central air...but we do run an airconditioner in our bedroom when it is that hot and I pretty much live in there in the evenings after work.)

  5. monkeymama Says:

    I think you adjust to things too. Plenty of people live in the world without A/C.

    Growing up no one had A/C where we are from, though it is becoming more common. Weather is just generally mild and not worth the expense for the few days you use A/C. But likewise, I find 80 degrees QUITE comfortable. Around here it is much hotter but no one would dream of sweating out a 90-degree day. I don't mind it once in a while. Just used to it.

    We just got back from camping so I have been letting the house settle at 83. It's actually pretty comfortable compared to the last few days we had out in the wild...

  6. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Some people have meds which are supposed to be stored within a surprisingly narrow temperature range. Some frugalites' homes may go out of that range in both summer and winter.

  7. klbb90 Says:

    True, but seniors/small children tend to die in large number in high heat even if they are not used to AC. Look at Europe a few years ago (most homes are not A/C). High heat and something like 17,000 deaths due to the temp.

  8. princessperky Says:

    Well there is a huge difference between comfortable and dangerous....

    besides, my newborn is comfortable..due to the infant right to be naked Smile

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