July 1, 2011 · 9:19 am
It’s July in Washington. The weather is forecast to be sunny and 90 degrees, with 40 percent humidity, for the next 10 days. Ah, sweater weather!
This time of year, I don’t go anywhere, except maybe the beach, without a sweater.
Now that we finally have central air in our home, I sometimes put my bathrobe on over my clothes.
Don’t get me wrong; I welcomed A/C with open, goosebumped arms. It’s great. I sleep like a baby.
But overall, I feel that air conditioning is overdone. Do humans really need to spend their days and nights in 65-degree temperatures? I don’t know about you, but too much A/C makes my nose run, gives me a headache and makes my muscles ache. Can we just tone it down a little and maybe save the planet in the meantime?
The last office in which I worked was like a walk-in refrigerator. While my burly Norwegian colleague controlled the thermostat on our hallway, our boss came in every morning and did a Mister Rogers ritual, exchanging suit jacket for cardigan sweater. Everywhere I go—the mall, the grocery store, the movie theater, church, any hospital, every office building, every airplane, airport and restaurant—the air is cranked so high (or is it low?) that I can barely function without cover. When I travel, I carry a big shawl that doubles as a blanket. I can’t recall a flight in the last few years on which I haven’t buried myself under it. I’d wear gloves and a nosebag if I thought to pack them.
Are there any environmental scientists or engineers out there who can tell me how much energy could be saved by bumping up thermostats up a few degrees? Wouldn’t businesses also save huge amounts of money? Could we put a dent in our nation’s economic and environmental troubles with a simple flip of a switch?
If you agree, let’s huddle together and make it happen.
Filed under Health, Rants and Raves, Travel
Tagged as air conditioning, D.C., environment, July, office, shawl, summer, sweater, sweater weather, Washington, weather
September 11, 2010 · 8:42 am
I don’t tweet much. Once a day or so, just to blast out blog updates.
On Twitter, I follow more than am followed. I follow 26 people and only 15 follow me. I really must do something about this.
The reason I follow most of the tweeters I do is to get information. While it might be mildly relevant to know where someone is lunching, I am more interested in newsier Tweets. These often include items that don’t make the major newspapers, are written with esoteric angles or are relevant to narrow industry sectors. Or they’re just plain funny. Those I follow are publications mostly—The New Yorker, Fast Company, Vanity Fair, Advertising Age, Politico. Freaknomics puts out good stuff. I’ll make another pitch here for Fake AP Stylebook.
One night recently, as I was scrolling the latest Tweets before bed, the most bizarre collection of headlines jumped off the screen.
I wondered how these would look to someone having just awakened from a decade or two of hyperbaric sleep and wanted to catch up on the latest developments in fashion, politics, the environment, cable news or travel. Then again, Twitter in and of itself might buckle the brain of anyone who’s been out of touch for, say, 10 years.
Here is just a sample of the headlines I read within in just five minutes’ time:
New York Fashion Week to Include Designer Sex Toys
Barbara Boxer aide charged with possession of pot
China Beats U.S. to First Offshore Wind Farm
Scandal Glossary: The Complicated Past of Piers Morgan, Larry King’s Replacement
Airport “Naked” Body Scanners Get Privacy Upgrade to Anonymize Your Naughty Bits
Pinch me; I must still be dreaming.
Please remember, there are no blog updates on Sundays. I’ll be opening the Sunday paper with caution.
Filed under News, Politics, Reading, Technology and Social Media
Tagged as Advertising Age, air travel, Barbara Boxer aide, environment, Fake AP Stylebook, Fast Company, Freakonomics, headlines, Larry King Live, New York Fashion Week, news, Piers Morgan, Politico, The New Yorker, Tweet, Twitter, Vanity Fair, wind farm