- The Washington Times - Friday, July 14, 2006

The office air conditioner has claimed another victim.

If you work indoors during the summer time, you know exactly what I mean. It’s 90 degrees and muggy outside, so, naturally, the office thermostat is set to about 62.

When you first enter the building, the burst of cold air is refreshing, but within half an hour, your teeth begin to chatter and your toes start to go numb.

I would bring a coat with me to work, but I don’t have one. No one told me I should pack a parka for Washington. Extra-strength deoderant, yes. Attire suitable for a mountain ski lodge, no.

So it continues: I go outside in the Washington heat, my glasses fog up, my hair starts to frizz, my clothes start to cling and I break into a sweat. As soon as I’m inside, I wish for more layers and I shiver. By the end of the day, my glasses are smudged, my hair is beyond help, I have goosebumps and, I can tell you, it’s not a good look for me.

I wish I could control the weather, or at least the thermostat. But it looks like I’ll just have to freeze, here in this iceberg of an office in a city built on a swamp.

Anne Malinee is in the Class of ‘07 at Vanderbilt University.

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