Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Eternal Battle

I think I won the battle. I really think I was victorious. Of course, you know what battle I am talking about. It is the eternal struggle between good and evil. We all participate in this battle at one time or another. Sometimes, even good people are sufficiently deceived to fight on the wrong side. Clearly, I'm talking about the battle of the thermostat.

You see, there are certain people in this world who really prefer not to be comfortable. At least that's the only way I can explain it. They prefer their environment to be ridiculously hot. When they sing the song about "my favorite things" they sing about purgatory, lakes of fire and brimstone, molten lava and immolation.
This guy hates to be comfortable.

My coworker is one of these people. He would prefer that we light his skin on fire. During the winter I don't have any problem. I shut the vent in my office and allow him to turn it as hot as he likes. If it still gets to the point where my office furniture starts melting or spontaneously combusting, I just open a window.

In the summer, it's a little more difficult. I try to not cause conflict, but I also try to not die. I've been slowly inching the thermostat downward. Every few days I've dropped it about 1 degree. It was still ridiculously hot and then something glorious happened.

I was sitting at my desk when I heard a loud beeping sound. You see, I sit next to the server room. That room holds all of our various servers that host websites and other code. If that room gets hotter than 90 degrees an alarm goes off so that it doesn't melt down. The server room has its own AC but that went out which allowed the room to start to overheat.

While we were fixing the problem, one of my other coworkers cranked the main AC down about 12 degrees. It was a truly magical moment. Now all I need to do is get an alarm installed in my office so that everyone can be notified before I melt down.


  1. I would just like to point out that the last time the AC was on in my apt was last August. From what I've tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. Enjoy your frozen tundra.

  2. How did we ever get married?

  3. Our power went out the other day when it was BURNING hot, so our air conditioner didn't work, our fans didn't work...I couldn't even stick my head in the fridge because THAT didn't work! It was miserable because it kept going off and on all day. I'm glad there was a happy ending to your story. Mine just ends with a sweaty back and the power coming back on at midnight!

  4. Oh, Jeff. I'm pretty sure I'd agree with your co-worker on the temperature thing, but I love your creative descriptions of the situation so much that I almost want to side with you. :)

  5. I was already laughing just reading the snippet of this post that showed up on my blogger dashboard : ) I agree with Meg!

  6. I'm glad you all enjoyed it, even though it seems that some of you are those who sing about your love for purgatory and lakes of fire.

    Kayli, I'm sorry you had a sweaty back. At least you knew you were uncomfortable. Some people aren't even aware of how uncomfortable it is to be ridiculously hot.

  7. Congratulations on the win! I believe I would be somewhere in the middle of this war. I don't like to bake and I don't like to freeze but am more on the side of cool than hot. Sweaters and blankets can be added while heat can not be taken off.

  8. I guess I'm a fan of purgatory. I just don't think I could live with you, Jeff...or work in your office. I'm glad I learned early on to bring a jacket and/or blankets to your house each time I visit. Then everyone is happy!

    As it is, I use a space heater and have a small blanket handy year-round for my office.


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