Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Are You Cold?

Temperature challenged people are everywhere.

I am possibly becoming a temperature challenged person, although after reading Chilly at Work? Office Formula Was Devised for Men, I should be in the group that is comfortable since I am a guy.

I have noted that Chris gets colder, faster, and in more places than I seem to be.

Despite that, during our recent vacation, I found places that were cold, even for me.

The Fort Lauderdale airport Southwest Terminal area is one of those places--it is just cold. We knew that it was going to be cold because that terminal is always cold and we were not disappointed. I remember arriving there from Baltimore, walking off the cool but comfortable Boeing 737 through the sweltering jetway into the terminal to be greeted by the sensation of walking out the front door of the house during the coldest days of winter.

Even I was chilled.

It goes further. Chris and I are always discussing the temperature in the areas where we spend time. We never could get the temperature in our stateroom on the ship just right--we were constantly adjusting it and never fully satisfied.

At home, we often have the same discussions, with the exception that Chris is often too hot while I am comfortable.

And then I learn the algorithm to determine optimal work place temperatures is inherently biased towards men.

Temperature challenged! I wonder what it would be like to live somewhere that air conditioning is not widely employed--like Europe? Perhaps we have taken a good invention too far? 

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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