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post #12031 of 13503
I think people that need constant air conditioning and can't take the heat should re-evaluate how they handle it. Most are fat or overly large (higher internal wattage, making them hotter), dress poorly (linen and certain cotton weaves work wonders), and are afraid of the tiniest amount of sweat (I see this a lot with women who need to paint their faces on). I hate the sterility of air conditioning more than anything else, and I'm talking less about the air itself than about how it enables people to lead rather sterile lives.

It cracks me up when a person sits down to lunch outside, eats a lunch like they do any other day of the year, then starts sweating because it's too hot. Dur. They don't seem to realize that they're now hotter because they just ate.

That, and the strange aversion many people have to even a drop of sweat -- both the sweating person himself and others who suddenly seem reluctant to approach him for deciding to participate in summer.
post #12032 of 13503
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

You're fucking crazy.


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post #12033 of 13503
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

I have a cousin back in LA who's this kind of cheap asshole and keeps his a/c always off. I broke one of my cardinal 'mind your business' rules because I felt horrible for his two young kids in the summer and he also tried to get us all to follow suit and 'save money'.

so I had to be away for more than a month and I turned off my a/c for the entire time. I think my electric bill went down by $50.

this was 10+ years ago...I told my cousin but he just shrugged me off. oh well, I tried!

Other than seriously poor people, I never really understand skimping on heat/AC. Some of my friends in Georgia kept the AC off all summer, but always had money to go out to eat and go drinking. Skip a couple meals out a month and you can pay for your AC. A couple meals are worth being miserable at home all month?

My in-laws are just terminally cheap (despite being pretty well off). They keep the heat at 62 all winter. I have to wear hiking socks or else I can't feel my feet by the end of the day. Why live like that?
post #12034 of 13503
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Originally Posted by why View Post

I think people that need constant air conditioning and can't take the heat should re-evaluate how they handle it. Most are fat or overly large (higher internal wattage, making them hotter), dress poorly (linen and certain cotton weaves work wonders), and are afraid of the tiniest amount of sweat (I see this a lot with women who need to paint their faces on). I hate the sterility of air conditioning more than anything else, and I'm talking less about the air itself than about how it enables people to lead rather sterile lives.

It cracks me up when a person sits down to lunch outside, eats a lunch like they do any other day of the year, then starts sweating because it's too hot. Dur. They don't seem to realize that they're now hotter because they just ate.

That, and the strange aversion many people have to even a drop of sweat -- both the sweating person himself and others who suddenly seem reluctant to approach him for deciding to participate in summer.

I find this applies to women in general. They need to be perfectly comfortable at all times in terms of temperature. It shows how they can't take the cold despite being wrapped up like an eskimo and in the summer all of the skimpy stuff they wear. They are all just high maintenance creatures.

I don't mind being cold, or warm, but when it comes to relaxing at home, or trying to fall asleep that's another story.
post #12035 of 13503
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I find this applies to women in general. They need to be perfectly comfortable at all times in terms of temperature. It shows how they can't take the cold despite being wrapped up like an eskimo and in the summer all of the skimpy stuff they wear. They are all just high maintenance creatures.

I don't mind being cold, or warm, but when it comes to relaxing at home, or trying to fall asleep that's another story.

Women are less resistant to cold biologically. Companies that make sleeping bags for mountaineers list different temperatures of comfort for both men and women on the same bags.
post #12036 of 13503
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Women are less resistant to cold biologically. Companies that make sleeping bags for mountaineers list different temperatures of comfort for both men and women on the same bags.

 

Check your body heat retention privilege. 

post #12037 of 13503
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Women are less resistant to cold biologically. Companies that make sleeping bags for mountaineers list different temperatures of comfort for both men and women on the same bags.

It is the reason why they always stick their freezing feet on our legs.
post #12038 of 13503
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

You're fucking crazy.
People don't understand, electric rates will always be high in the summer whether you blast A/C or not because everybody else is using A/C, which increases the demand for energy. Higher energy demand in aggregate higher prices. The A/C is only a marginal addition.

Electric rates don't usually vary all that much in most places. The impact of increased rates will be much smaller than the impact of the AC.

Still though, AC isn't really that expensive...at least in a small spaces like apartments which are where I would think most people concerned with the AC costs live (if you are too poor to pay for AC and live in a 3000 square foot house with vaulted ceilings and an industrial AC unit...that's your own damn problem).

If I were to run my AC at full blast, 24/7 for the whole month, it would cost $34 at current rates. Granted, Chicago energy prices are pretty low, but summer temps can be quite high. That is unrealistic though, as the AC cycles itself off when it reaches a target temperature (and I raise that temp or turn it off when I am not home or on cool nights/days)...so the real monthly cost of keeping the apartment somewhere in the mid 70s is probably about half of that.

And that is using window units to cool the place...aren't big central units more efficient (and allow for the use of more efficient programmable thermostats).

Still though, I'd prefer fresh outside air and no AC noise to cold and dry AC air...but if it is 80 in my apartment or it has gotten super humid...that shit is definitely turning on.
post #12039 of 13503
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

Electric rates don't usually vary all that much in most places. The impact of increased rates will be much smaller than the impact of the AC.

Still though, AC isn't really that expensive...at least in a small spaces like apartments which are where I would think most people concerned with the AC costs live (if you are too poor to pay for AC and live in a 3000 square foot house with vaulted ceilings and an industrial AC unit...that's your own damn problem).

If I were to run my AC at full blast, 24/7 for the whole month, it would cost $34 at current rates. Granted, Chicago energy prices are pretty low, but summer temps can be quite high. That is unrealistic though, as the AC cycles itself off when it reaches a target temperature (and I raise that temp or turn it off when I am not home or on cool nights/days)...so the real monthly cost of keeping the apartment somewhere in the mid 70s is probably about half of that.

And that is using window units to cool the place...aren't big central units more efficient (and allow for the use of more efficient programmable thermostats).

Still though, I'd prefer fresh outside air and no AC noise to cold and dry AC air...but if it is 80 in my apartment or it has gotten super humid...that shit is definitely turning on.

It's totally different in NYC.
post #12040 of 13503
I don't mind the heat. I drive my Jeep doorless and topless in the dog days of Georgia summers. My first two cars didn't have AC, and I lived in Florida. I'll gladly engage in outdoor activities despite heat (I was actually at the hottest Braves home game ever played a couple years back).

I will not, however, forgo enjoying the fruits of not-so-modern technology and my paycheck by sitting around the house sweating my balls off. There's nothing wrong with being comfortable.
post #12041 of 13503
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post

I don't mind the heat. I drive my Jeep doorless and topless in the dead of Georgia summers. My first two cars didn't have AC, and I lived in Florida. I'll gladly engage in outdoor activities despite heat (I was actually at the hottest Braves home game ever played a couple years back).

I will not, however, forgo enjoying the fruits of not-so-modern technology and my paycheck by sitting around the house sweating my balls off. There's nothing wrong with being comfortable.

 

Don't the backs of your shirts get soaked? Anytime I roll with the windows open and its above 80ish my back probably looks ridiculous. Kind of like the goons who carry backpacks in the summer and have a sweat silhouette of it when they take it off. 

post #12042 of 13503
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Originally Posted by EMartNJ View Post

Don't the backs of your shirts get soaked? Anytime I roll with the windows open and its above 80ish my back probably looks ridiculous. Kind of like the goons who carry backpacks in the summer and have a sweat silhouette of it when they take it off. 

Who the hell wears a shirt in the summer? June 21 is like seersucker day for going shirtless!

Seriously, though, it's an issue, but for me not until it's a lot hotter than 80ish. The added wind from no doors or top helps, but it's something I have to account for. I can't really drive the Jeep that way when I need to look presentable.

When I was a kid, I remember having to borrow my mom's car for anything nice.
post #12043 of 13503
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Originally Posted by EMartNJ View Post

It's not so bad. I come in early and leave early so I miss most of the rush and am home in time for the ball game. It is 2 hours door to door each way but most of that is just sitting on a train reading or listening to music. Driving 2 hours each way would be a different story, that might get to me after a while. 

Wow. That's a lot of commuting. I interviewed for a job once and the recruiter asked if I was sure I was interested in the job because it would require a 30 minute commute each way...
post #12044 of 13503
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Originally Posted by EMartNJ View Post

Check your body heat retention privilege. 

That's fuckin' funny.
post #12045 of 13503
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post

I don't mind the heat. I drive my Jeep doorless and topless in the dog days of Georgia summers. My first two cars didn't have AC, and I lived in Florida. I'll gladly engage in outdoor activities despite heat (I was actually at the hottest Braves home game ever played a couple years back).

I will not, however, forgo enjoying the fruits of not-so-modern technology and my paycheck by sitting around the house sweating my balls off. There's nothing wrong with being comfortable.

I've got a dear brother-in-law who's like that; he will stand on the beach, 98-102 degrees ambient, not a cloud in the sky, the sun baking - frying - him - like the pavement that is 120+. Sweat pouring down his scalp, skin red like a lobster, and just love it. He'll do it enough to wher eyou'll see the shimmer coming off him like the asphalt.

I get dirty, I rough it, I'm out in the natural FL environment, I run, I bike, but I have limits - he's a whole 'nother freakin' animal.
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