Growing up in Florida, my wardrobe was mostly tank tops and shorts. Winter meant jeans and a medium jacket in the morning, but you’d need a t-shirt by the afternoon. Air conditioning ran almost year-round, except for a week or two in January. And by “air conditioning,” I mean a large central AC unit. I could count the total number of window AC units I’d seen in my entire life on one hand prior to moving to Connecticut.
Apparently they do things a bit differently here, and different isn’t always a good thing. Instead of cooling the entire building—which people live, work and study in—northern folk seem to prefer ugly window units on select rooms. While summer doesn't get quite as hot as I’m used to and it certainly doesn't last as long, it can still be grossly hot without AC, leading to these 32 reactions.
- *looks at map*
- We’re so much farther north, it can’t possibly get that hot.
- *remembers how brutally hot it was in August*
- Oh God, it’s going to be that hot for the entire summer.
- You know what? I’ll be fine. People have survived thousands of years in the heat, what’s one summer?
- I’ll just buy a fan. It’s cheaper than AC and just as cool, right?
- On day three with no AC: this is actually the worst decision I have ever made.
- Is it too late to buy one now?
- Does my apartment even allow non-regulated AC? What if I get one and they make me get rid of it?
- Why is it 85 degrees today? This is disgusting.
- I’m literally wearing the least amount of clothing that is socially acceptable and I’m not moving or exercising or otherwise exerting any energy and I'm still sweating.
12. It’s. So. Humid.
13. Seriously, there’s no breeze at all.
14. Just heat and humidity.
15. On the days there is a breeze, you open every window in the house…
16. … and then you wind up letting flies, moths and everything else into your apartment because apparently screens on windows aren’t universal.
17. Seriously. I know there are more weird flying bugs in the pseudo-jungle I call home, but there are still flying things here that you probably don’t want in your house.
18. Who designed these buildings? There’s no air conditioning or ceiling fans and I can’t even open the windows without being threatened. It’s like they want us to roast to death.
19. It feels like home, but at least there we have air conditioning like normal people.
20. *impulsively buys a window unit and two more fans*
21. *finds out the window unit doesn’t fit because this apartment has non-standard windows*
22. This isn’t even sweat anymore, it’s my body literally crying for help.
23. *it’s too hot to sleep even with three fans and no blankets*
24. Why did I think this would be OK? I haven’t even made it through the first month yet.
25. I’ll just take a cold shower every time I overheat. Or I could spend a fortune on my water bill and just live in the shower, because at least then I’m not sweating.
26. *butter is too hard in the fridge, but it’s liquid within minutes of taking it out of the fridge* How am I supposed to use this?
27. I’ll just go to work three hours early so I can enjoy their AC.
28. If it’s almost as hot inside as it is outside, I might as well go out and get some sunlight. *goes outside and remembers how much hotter it is in direct sunlight* Or…I could just go inside and sit directly in front of the fan.
29. I’ve realized that as much as I’m sweating, I probably smell gross. I hope the fan doesn't spread my BO throughout the room.
30. Can I open the fridge and stand in front of it all day?
31. At least there isn’t as much laundry now that I’m a borderline nudist outside of work.
32. On the bright side, I’ll never have to worry about my coffee getting cold before I can drink it.