Thermostat Wars: One Blogger’s (Hilarious) Quest for Comfort

Attorney, mother, Patch blogger. Lori Duff shares a comical look at what happens when conflicting temperature needs exist in the same space.

We've all gone through it.

An office that’s so cold you keep three sweatshirts in your bottom desk drawer, or a spouse who insists on kicking the heat to 80 degrees before hitting the sack.

Living in a state of eternal discomfort can be pretty darn irritating.

In her latest post, Patch blogger Lori Duff laments the thermostat wars in her own life and wonders why she doesn’t have more say in the matter – especially at work, where she is a managing partner of a law firm.

“My personal opinion is that those who are cold natured can always put on another sweater or a scarf, but there is only so much I can take off and still look professional, she writes. “Or decent. I have taken to wearing tank tops under my jackets, but I really think the world is a better place if I keep my armpits and flabbety upper arms hidden from view.”

She also remembers a time when air-conditioning was a luxury item and recognizes her vague annoyance doesn’t quite match a straw hut in the tropics or a moose-hide tent above the Arctic Circle.

“Then I think what a first-world, middle class baby I’ve become.”

We promise Lori will make you laugh – and possibly reflect. You can read her complete post here, and to check out an archive of her blog (or to subscribe for updates), click right here.

Have your own “thermostat war” stories to share? Post them in the comments section below!

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jackie noble February 06, 2014 at 04:09 PM
My ex and I would have these thermo wars. He went as far as to put case w lock over it to keep at 78 . I run hot so I just took a blower dryer to it and sure enough the air went on !
Lisa February 06, 2014 at 09:51 PM
This happens in my office. I say the same as Lori. It's easier to put on a sweater than it is for me to start taking off clothes!
ken February 06, 2014 at 10:36 PM
My wife sets the thermostat at 70, and that's too cold. The woodstove burns and it's 72, and that's too hot. All at the same humidity. I've always slept in the cold and rarely got sick. She likes to sleep in the heat and is always sick. I'm on Lisa and Lori's side.
Edward Andrysiak February 07, 2014 at 11:43 AM
O boy...just a few degrees can make a difference and the guy is usually the cold one. I have contemplated installing a "secret thermostat" in another area of the house!!! Fearing it would be found, I simply put on a vest.............life is good!
Polonius007 February 08, 2014 at 12:49 PM
In a new season, I just set the T-stat just below a minimal (heating) temperature. Then, as I get complaints about being 'cold', I inch it up in small increments. I stop 'upping' when the complaints stop. That way everyone is happy. Everyone gets listened to. We save money by not over heating. As Dr Oz recommended in the bedroom for a good night's sleep one needs ... a cool bedroom ... with warm feet !
oldtimer February 08, 2014 at 07:00 PM
JN! Holy crap! DIABOLICAL!!!!
chris February 10, 2014 at 01:06 AM
This does not affect my town. Please post local articles instead of generic.
oldtimer February 10, 2014 at 07:34 AM
Chris, I agree. But until Patch can make up for the loss of writers, I suppose this is the best we can expect. I do hope it will improve a lot. Just sayin'.


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