Climate Response

It’s not the weather changes that get to me. It’s how the people around me try to compensate for the changes.

When the kids were younger, they would leave the front door open as they left. It provided a giant hole for the warmed/cooled air to exit the house rapidly. I used to joke that they were the primary cause of climate change in our little neighborhood. It stopped being funny when the electrical bills came.

Put five people in a room and let a conversation about the weather begin. There will be instant consequences as they connect the weather outside to how they personally feel.

“I’m chilly.” one says.

“I’m just right.” another responds.

“Is it hot in here?” the hormonal one asks.

“Turn on the ceiling fan, I need a breeze.” another says.

“Pass me a blanket if you’re going to turn on that fan.” the last one states.

On and on it goes. In the car, one cranks the heat setting to maximum upon starting the car. It will take several minutes for the engine to warm and heat begin to flow, but that doesn’t matter. The illusion persists that by having the fan on its highest setting, with the temperature control set to maximum, heat will emerge faster.

At work, the facilities manager puts a lock box around the thermostats to prevent employees from tampering with the controls. It only slows them down.

One person holds a lighter under the box to let the flame heat rise into it and trigger greater cooling command.

Another holds a cold drink with a personal fan blowing “cooled” air at the box to get the heat mode started.

Yet another motivated person uses paper clips in an attempt to pick the lock.

In the end, the joke is on them. I know the facility manager installed a fake thermostat.


The idea that the weather and people’s moods are connected is quite old. Do you agree? If yes, how does the weather affect your mood?

One thought on “Climate Response

  1. “At work, the facilities manager puts a lock box around the thermostats to prevent employees from tampering with the controls. It only slows them down.” A great story! and great line!!

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