Date: 2008-10-19 15:49:00
letting the outside in
One of the things I really enjoy about living here in Christchurch is that the weather doesn't get too hot. Because of this, there is no need for air conditioning. And at this time of year (spring), the weather outside is just the right temperature to open up all the windows in the house and let the air and whatever else it brings flow through.

A bee just flew in, and I let him wander around for a while until he realised there weren't any flowers in here and left through another window.

When I lived in the US (both in California and in Texas), my day would often proceed from my air conditioned house to my air conditioned car to my air conditioned office, and back again. I still have to put up with an air conditioned office here, but I sure get a lot more fresh air exposure at home (with the windows open) and on my commute (on my bike) than I had previously. It feels good.
[info]ivo : Fresh air
Here in Texas were in those rare weeks that you can have all the windows open, too! Wonderful....
Air conditioned... car? Bah, wrong kinda car.

I'm sure I've said this to you before, but... I grew up here in a house without AC. In the summer, I worked outside. I know what you mean about the fresh air. I hate how "climate controlled" everything is, and it's one of the things I love about my cars.

I do, however, want the window screens. Without them, I'd constantly be covered in mosquito bites.
Yah, I too do not use the AC in my car. Now I'm used to it.
Yeah, I imagine growing up in the Texas climate makes it easier. I would have had to have been there quite a few more years before I really got used to it.

Although the atmosphere is nice, I wouldn't survive in a convertible because I burn like a match in the sun. :)

Fortunately, though we do occasionally have mosquitoes here, they aren't a problem most of the time.
Same in Poland - air conditioning is unneeded and mostly nonexistent except in large western-style commercial buildings. I like it!
Yay NZ!
How's the economy and tech industry in NZ? After seeing some pictures in a magazine of NZ, I'm really tempted to move there some day. :)
Get me a job, dude. I'm there. I'd love to get out of the US and ride a bike to work. You know, its been almost three years since I went coastal. :-)
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