Friday, November 20, 2009

Missed Opportunity...

It's been a trifle warm here this week.

Once upon a time I worked from home, so would fire up the air-conditioner in my office and ignore the heat.

Of course, before that I lived in Central Queensland and had to put up with it (albiet that my workplace was airconditioned).

And way before that I lived in Cloncurry. With a recorded temperature in the 50s during the late 1800s. That's quite warm. When we lived there we used to want to throw stuff at the ABC weatherman, because Mt Isa would be expecting a warm day at 43 or 45 degrees and Brisbane was expecting a scorcher at 38. He had no clue. And we were heat affected.

When I was in high school and we first moved here from Cloncurry I remember going to a church dinner and everyone was complaining about how hot it had been that day. Then someone laughed and said, "but you probably don't find this hot!" Our family thought about it, then said that we had found it hot - we'd been building a shed in the backyard and it was hot. Everyone just looked at us as if we were aliens - what were we thinking doing physical work in that heat!

I've just got soft of late.

These days I'm often out at meetings or visiting people and so I don't always get the choice to cool down. it seems a waste to cool a space for an hour, then go out leaving the room to heat up again. Also, I used to be from Central Queensland and North-western Queensland. I should be tough.

So after I survived through Tuesday telling myself that I used to be able to do this heat thing and that Mum had never put the air-conditioner on until the mercury hit 39 when we lived in Cloncurry, so I was just being a wuss, and our house is actually quite cool mostly, and anyway I had a meeting shortly, or it was late afternoon and it would cool down shortly, is that a storm on the horizon? ...

... I found out on Wednesday that the temperature had hit 42 on Tuesday. That's quite hot enough to air-condition by anyone's standards, thank you.

And the chance that I have actually bought a thermometer so that I can tell if I'm being a wuss or that I am justified in turning the magic box on?

... Approximately None, but I might put the air-con on anyway. It's hot.

Although I have a meeting this afternoon...

5 comments:

BUSH BABE said...

Oh I hear you Jen... I am lathered in sweat here - the office is hotter than outside (which is plenty hot enough!).
:-)
BB

PS I have a clock that tells the temp too - its dangerous! Told me the temp in the sun on my bench was over 50 degrees! I immediately made an iced cordial...

The Accidental Housewife said...

I am a shameless, SHAMELESS airconditioner. (Someone who loves to be airconditioned, not the actual box... oh whatever). I think my baby is growing up thinking 25 degrees is the actual permanent temperature.

Jodie said...

I had grand plans of abstaining from airconditioner use until the the 1st of December. And then the first real hot day hit. And my resolve crumbled. But I do agree that you get accustomed to the weather where you live. Heck, I lived in Norway for a year and once caught myself whinging about having to walk home from school on a 24 degree day!

Crazy Sister said...

Norway sounds good right about now. Unless that 24 degree day was in farenheit...

rhubarbwhine said...

Yep. It's so, so, so hot here today, and I am also over this blathering wind we have had non stop for week now. Wnd and heat make me CRANKY. Did I mention I get cranky?