I was sitting outside in the back yard today after work and it hit me that summer is just around the corner in south Texas, which means the temps will soon be through the roof. It's still pleasant now, and I like to take advantage of it by opening my windows and let the breeze blow through the house. Not many people feel the same way down here. It seems like everyone keeps their windows and blinds shut. I was painting the outside of my house one morning a few weeks ago and was thinking that it was actually kind of chilly. Then I heard my neighbor's air conditioner kick on. I consider it a blessing when I don't have to turn my air conditioner on...especially considering how much it costs. But people around here seem to fire it up when it gets above 75.
Which leads me to another point which just boggles my mind. The university where I work keeps all the buildings at something like 75 degrees to keep everyone comfortable. Yet, most of the people who I know there are freezing their tails off. Many people, in fact, have little space heaters under their desk (me included) who keep them running during the day (even through the summer) because it's so freaking cold!! How much sense does that make, excuse me very much?!? So they're paying the utilities to air condition all those buildings (I think I read somewhere that their utility bill is about $2 million a year)...and yet everyone is running space heaters to keep warm!!! Duh!!! And we wonder why the economy is so screwed up.
Whoa...did I digress, or what?? I was sitting outside when I came home from work and was looking at all the pretty colors of flowers that I bought at Lowe's last week. What the heck does that have to do with air conditioning?? So let's get back to the flowers. I tried to buy something in every color I could find. I think I did a pretty good job.