Air Conditioning?

During the late 1980s my fianceé was a beautiful (and hot) Mexican woman who grew up in a small house with 11 siblings in Houston. She never experienced air conditioning until she was an adult, and never thought she was missing anything. When I lived in Houston, I never used air conditioning, and certainly don’t use it in Maryland. When I walk into a refrigerated store in Maryland I’m miserable. Summer is so short. Why would anyone want to be cold during the summer?

On the other hand there have been a lot of mornings this summer when it was cold walking the dogs.

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29 Responses to Air Conditioning?

  1. Mat Helm says:

    Try the humidity type heat in the south. Plus if your materialism ever changes on you, your heat tolerance may go out the windows with it. As in sweating so bad inside of 10 minutes that you can’t see…. But you’re right, it dose make us weak, as most comforts do….

  2. Lou says:

    Oh come on. You step out and you start sweating one second later in Houston plus you get attacked by millions of blood sucker bugs… The humidity in the hill country of Texas is much lower so you don’t really sweat as much as you’d do in Houston. It’s awesome here in the hill country. Only if it’d rain more…

    • I found living near UT Austin was hotter than Houston suburbs because of UHI effects. Nights are cooler in Houston. Sometimes Austin is still in the 90s at midnight.

      • RAH says:

        Spent a fair amount of time at Ft. Sam Houston, in San Antonio. Remember leading PT many a morning at 05:30 when it was already 80 deg and the humidity was close to the same number. Saw more rainbows while living up along that ridge line there on Chaffee than anywhere else I’ve ever been.

    • Lou says:

      Interesting. I live in Spicewood so I wouldn’t know what it’s like in Austin as we moved here 2 years ago after living in a small town, 25 miles south of Dallas. So far, it has been rather pleasant this summer. It was almost chilly enough to want a long sleeved shirt yesterday early morning after a “cold” front came through. Only 85*F here right now. I don’t think we even hit 100*F here yet. It just feels strange but I’ll take it after experiencing 2005/2006/2011 terrible drought…

      • We moved from UT out to Cedar Park, which at the time was well outside metro Austin. Temperatures at night in Cedar Park were 5-10 degrees cooler than downtown Austin.

  3. RAH says:

    This ole winter warrior likes his A/C very much thank you. I can take the cold better than the heat still today.

    And Steven, as much computer work as you do I’m surprised that you don’t have trouble with the machine overheating at times even in Maryland? . .

    • My AMD A6 low power laptop never gets hot.

      • NoMoreGore says:

        A former INTC designer joining the dark side? Say it aint so!

        Besides, didn’t you see Tom’s hardware’s writeup on the (overheat) emergency throttling of the AMD design? It wasn’t pretty. I’ve had 3 laptops overheat, and the INTC chip suffered no damage.

        • I’m also a former ATI graphics guy. I never liked Intel graphics.

        • _Jim says:

          re: The video circa 2001 (Pentium 4/2000 Socket 423/850 chipset era and before) Only a +10 yr old designs; got anything more recent?

          On -chip thermal management/die temperature measurement is standard these days ….

  4. Tom Moran says:

    Show us the data on “beautiful (and hot)”!

    • RAH says:

      This is my idea of both beautiful and hot. http://pierretristam.com/Bobst/library/wf-329.htm

      One 9 gun broadside from the 16″ guns on a Iowa class battleship can basically take out a grid square (1 sq. Km.) That night I witnessed the NJ fire those big guns for hours that night and it was a very beautiful sight. Obviously very hot for those Syrians on the receiving end also.

  5. tom0mason says:

    The A/C setting depends on whether Hansen is giving evidence to a committee or not.

    • RAH says:

      Now that reminds me of my idea of how to control the size and power of our central government. Make it illegal to have A/C in the WH or Congress or any of the other associated buildings there.

      Back when DC was first established in what was a swamp there was virtually no work done during the summer months.

  6. Morgan says:

    Not to be argumentative, but supermarkets have no choice. The AC keeps all the freezers and coolers from working overtime. It also keeps the freezers from frosting up which is good because automatic defrosting ruins the frozen food especially ice cream. The AC also keeps the produce section cool and reduces spoilage.

    • mjc says:

      That is if your store has all the fancy glass or open coolers that have all the prodcut on hand out on the floor. Big walk-ins in the back keeping the bulk of the inventory nicely frozen with small displays that are refilled several times a day by local highschool kids earning a few bucks over the summer…oh, wait, that’s ‘out dated’…just in time ‘inventory’ and massive displays of the same damn thing are the rule of the day now.

  7. craigm350 says:

    I hate walking into stores as the temperature contrast walking back out into tropical air is like a smack in the face!

    I used to live on the equator with an av. range of 75-90 deg, the high minimum (+UHI) being the main problem, however the humidity was on another level. Only ever felt that and seen the sheer curtain of rain that follows in Louisiana. Certainly not experienced a fraction in England. Having said that the humidity when it comes here is not relentless so it’s harder to acclimatise. Give me polar flow with crisp skies any day over the humid dirge that comes up from the south. I like the warmth of the sun, but I like breathing too! :-)

  8. B says:

    Except just the opposite is true with heat and people who like it cold rather than hot. It’s all personal preference or perhaps there is a genetic adaption involved as well.

    • RAH says:

      Not genetic in my case. This born and raised Hoosier of German, Irish, Polish extraction just spent a lot of winters living out doors in really cold places for about a decade and since then my tolerance for heat has been considerably less than it once was.

  9. inMAGICn says:

    fiancé = fiancée (I hope)

  10. Quiet Desperation says:

    Eh, temperature might be more subjective than comedy. I love it cold. I have the AC on in the car when it’s 60 outside. I dated an Indonesian woman once who wore sweaters when it was in the 80s. It nearly worked.

  11. All due respect, I live in San Antonio and my apartment would reach 90 degrees from May through September without A/C.

    • Perfect summer weather. That is what fans are for.

    • I’ve been in Austin in summer, it’s not that bad. Also Wichita Falls, & it wasn’t all that bad either. The problem is that people don’t work physical enough jobs. Spend all day long slumped over a desk in air-conditioning, & of course you can’t go without it. Spend 8 hours moving rocks in the heat, & a 90° house feels like an ice-box (& you fall asleep instantly, too).

  12. cdquarles says:

    I’m a Southerner born and bred. I grew up without A/C. I prefer heat to cold. Cold makes me miserable in a way that HHH never does. I love A/C but can live without it. A/C cuts the humidity. I prefer running it on the high side (upper 70s/80). Others, though, want to run it full blast cold. I hate cold.

    If you think supermarkets are cold, they aren’t that cold now-a-days to me. The areas near the produce coolers and the frozen foods are noticeably cooler than the rest of the store. It used to be quite the shock going from outdoors to inside a market. Not so much around here these days. If you want cold, step into an operating room or go into the walk-in cooler/freezer :P.

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