Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Weekend Assignment #250: Hot or Cold?

Talk about topical. Just as we are hitting a cold spell here in Chicago, Karen wants to know if we like it too hot or too cold.

Weekend Assignment #250: We're getting into the coldest time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, so I expect things are getting a mite chilly on some places. If you had to pick one or the other, would you rather be too cold in the winter, or too hot in the summer?

This is a tough one, especially today. As of the last forecast I saw, we are going to be approximately 5 degrees tomorrow and probably won't get above zero Thursday. That's too cold for me. I can handle winter when it is in the 20's and 30's, but once it gets into the teens, I want out. Then, add in some strong winds to get the wind chills about 20 below zero, and I don't want to leave the house. Get me on the next plane to Florida, or Tuscon. I can go stay at Karen's place or something. Actually, our neighbors spend the winter in Tuscon. I've told Jenn I'd like to do that when we hit retirement, too. If there is anything left in our 401k's at that point.

Okay, so I don't like it really cold, what about too hot? I hate that too. This past summer we only had a handful of days in the 90's and some people complained. I loved it! I hate when it gets into the 90's around here. The humidity is usually way too high and I want to sleep on the cold tile next to the dog. And I sweat. A lot. I don't like my shirt getting soaked with sweat as I drive in the car then walking into the store with giant sweat stain for all the people to see. At least I can clear a path down the aisle. Who wants to stand next to the sweat monster?

I need to live in a place that never gets above 80 degrees, or below 35 degrees. Where would that be, San Francisco area maybe? No, seriously, where would that be? I need to find it.

So far I haven't answered Karen's question. I'm stalling, can't you tell? I guess, if you put a gun to my head, I'd say I'd rather it be too hot. Yes, you can bundle up in the cold, but when it gets to zero, or below, you can't put enough layers on. Unless you are like the little brother in A Christmas Story, and probably not even then. At least the furnace can't go out in the middle of the summer and make you freeze and cause the pipes to burst. See, I always look on the bright side of things.

Extra Credit: How has the weather been so far this season, compared to past years?

So far this hasn't been the coldest of the last few years. We've had a few cold snaps, but nothing extreme. We have had a lot of snow, though. I'd say it has been quite a bit more than the last couple of years, at least to this point.

So, would you rather be too hot, or too cold? Be honest.


Karen Funk Blocher said...

I think this is my favorite response so far, because you consider the alternatives so amusingly. I completely agree with you: at some point you become Randy Parker, and more layers won't help!

As for a place with that temperature range, check with Florinda. Southern California is pretty close to nailing it.

dc said...

I'd rather be too cold. I hate the heat. Yeah, you can only bundle up so much, but I'd still take it over heat any day. It's been in the 80's here this week, in January! I'd much prefer if it was cooler and leave the 80 degree temps to the summer.

Florinda said...

Truthfully, I like it best somewhere in the middle myself, but would prefer cold if forced to choose. You do make a good point about the broken furnace and burst pipes, though - and Randy in A Christmas Story

Heh, Karen's right about SoCal. You will not want to leave San Diego when you go out there next month :-)! We do have one big advantage - warmth without humidity.

Your sweat-monster description is making me a little nervous about my trip to Chicago in July. I may never leave the conference center.

Mike said...

Karen: Thanks. I think I'd pick California over Florida. We'll see what it's like when we go to San Diego in a few weeks.

DC: I don't think I'd want it to be in the 80's during the winter either. You need a little break. Maybe the 70's would be good. :)

Florinda: No, I probably won't want to leave. :)

If we have a summer like last year you will be okay. But, yes, July can be pretty sticky outside.