Running a marathon without A/C

At the turn of the New Year I decided it was time to get healthy and turn over a new leaf. I couldn’t think of any better way to do this than to start training for a half marathon. I have many friends who lost lots of weight and generally had an increase in happiness after they started running more. I figured a full marathon would be too much after no training so I decided a half marathon would be a fun goal to set. I signed up for a gym that had very good treadmills and got to work. When the event finally appeared I was ready to run my 13.1 miles. But, there was one thing I wasn’t expecting. I had been used to training in the air-conditioning. After I rounded the 4th mile my legs started to cramp up because they were working so much harder than they were used to. I tried eating some bananas, drinking sports drinks, and stretching but nothing worked to fix my legs. In hindsight, it would’ve been wise to split up my training between indoors and outdoors. But how was I supposed to know that training with central air would have such a drastic effect on my time. I know for the next half marathon to run to section out my training both in and outside of HVAC. Now I just need to find a place where I can safely run outside.

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My new floors

I have never been a fan of carpeting in a house. I think that no matter how many times you vacuum it or steam clean it, it is still dirty. My husband and I bought an old farm house a few years ago and have been slowly making changes to our new home. The first thing we needed to replace was the windows. All of the frames had rotted over time and we would lose a lot of heat during the winter. We saw a huge change in our electric bill after having all the of the windows replaced. The roof needed some patching as well and the front porch needed to be redone, the floor boards were rotting and we could not walk on it without the risk of falling through. Now, we are on to the floors in the house. Most of the floors are covered with carpet. I hate the carpet. We started to pull it up and in some of the rooms there is beautiful hard wood. We will sand that down and then finish it. In the living and dining rooms however there is only sub flooring. We have decided that once we pull those carpets up we will install hydronic heating system. This is when the house is heated by hydronic heating tubes that are under the floors. Rather than the house being heated by the traditional vents it will radiate the heat from the floors warming the room above. I enjoy walking around barefoot so this will be a really nice addition for me as well.


Starting over

I have lived in the same house, in the same town on the same street for the last ten years. I am ready for a change. I feel like I am stuck in a rut and a move should help me feel like myself again. The house market is not all that bad and I think I should be able to sell my home and find a new one fairly quickly. Fortunately I work from home so finding a new job won’t be an issue. I will just need to update my information with human resources once I find a new place and get settled in. I have even thought about renting, then any home improvements and upkeep is not my responsibility.Then again renting is very limiting as well, you pay all this money and in the end you have nothing to show for it. I know that in my new home I have to have a home heating and cooling unit. A new home also means home improvements! I would only cool my old home with fans and opening the windows. In the winter my clunky old furnace would some what do the trick but it was also loud and troublesome. I can not wait to find a new place with a new HVAC system, just the thought of being able to control the temperature in my entire house by hitting a few buttons has me anxious to sell this old place and move into my new one. Tonight I will start my online search, while sitting in front of the fan of course.

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HVAC at the mall

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to shop. The problem with that when you are younger, however, is you are not legally allowed to drive to stores by yourself. Also, most young people do not have a big fortune to spend. As a kid, a wish would be to have a parent who is willing to drive you to several stores and buy everything you like. That’s one of the reasons I always looked forward to back to school shopping. My mom would load us all into the car and drive to the neighborhood mall. Once we were there, she would buy us all new clothes and supplies for the upcoming school year. I look back on those times fondly and so many of them are great memories for me. While I still love shopping to this very day, I recently had a horrible experience at the mall. As luck would have it, the cooling equipment in the mall that day was not working.  As luck would have it, it was the same exact day I wanted to go on a shopping spree. I had all this money just burning a hole in my pocket. I could not wait to spend it all and get myself some cool new stuff. However, that whole day just dragged on forever as the air conditioning was not working in the least bit. I am used to shopping in the mall when the HVAC equipment is in good working order. When it was obviously failing all that day, I was sweating profusely in almost every single store I visited. It was absolutely brutal. I ended up leaving earlier than I ever wanted to, and  decided to go eat ice cream to cool off a bit.

Shopping and HVAC

For as long as I can remember, I have loved shopping. The problem when you are younger, though, is that you cannot drive to stores by yourself. Also, most kids do not have tons of money to spend on themselves. As a kid, your only wish is that a parent can drive you somewhere and also buy you some stuff. That is why I always loved school shopping. My mom would load us into the car and drive to the nearest mall. Once we were there, she would buy us all of these new clothes to wear to school that year. I look back on those times fondly and some of them are great memories for me. While I still love shopping to this very day, I recently had a horrible experience at the mall. As luck would have it, the cooling equipment in that place shut down the same exact day I decided to go on a shopping spree. I had all of this money just burning a hole in my pocket. I could not way to spend it and go get myself some new attire. However, that whole day just dragged on forever as the air conditioning was not working in the least bit. I am used to shopping at the mall when the HVAC equipment is in good working order. When it was failing that day, I was sweating profusely in almost every single store I was in. It was absolutely brutal. We ended up leaving earlier than we wanted to go eat ice cream and cool off a bit.

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A civil war nerd

Owning a ton of civil war artifacts is something that I am very proud of. My friends pick on me and call me museum man, but I know it is just good natured joking around. I think they all enjoy the artifacts too. I started collecting them when I was just a high schooler. The first one my grandfather actually gave to me. It was a hat that his grandfather brought home from the battlefield. It was already mounted in a display case and everything. Just like that, I was hooked. About three years ago, my house really took on museum status though, when I went out of my way to have an HVAC system designed, mainly around my artifacts. Sure it is nice to have state of the art climate control capabilities, simply on the basis of personal enjoyment and comfort, but the heating and cooling equipment I had installed puts some actual museums to shame. One of the main parts is the HVAC zone control feature, which allows me to separately control the three rooms that all the artifacts are in. The humidity and temperature control are always on and closely monitored in those rooms. The thermostats for the rooms are controlled by one universal remote. I keep the HVAC set differently in each room, according with what is stored inside. Most of the time though the air conditioner, air purifier, and humidity control are running. Regardless of whether it’s paper documents, fabric articles, or wood and metal, heating is never really necessary. Cool via A/C is usually the way to go.


Getting married

I am getting married soon and I can’t wait. Do not get me wrong I love my fiance a lot and I am excited for our life together. But I cannot wait for the wedding to be over. I have heard nothing about the wedding for months now. I am the man so I only care how much the bill is going to be. The color of the flowers, the dinner or even the DJ do not concern me. I do not care if her cousin is pregnant and will look bad in the bridesmaid dress. I do not care if her brother is our only vegetarian and refuses to eat any of the dinner options. I just want to get in and out with as little of pain as possible. What I am now in charge of is the HVAC at our reception. My fiance picked the place because it is really old and has a bunch of paintings around. I personally thought it looked like a dump, but I did not really care. Anyway we got a call from the building owner that the AC in the building is not working. They are hoping to have a HVAC technician come in to repair it the morning of our wedding. My fiance is worried that we will not have air conditioning for our summer wedding. I am now in charge of calling the building and ensuring that it will be fixed. I also will have to be on the technician’s butt to leave right away so we can set everything up for our wedding.

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Air conditioning during the night

I have been waking up with pains in my neck after a long night of sleep. I thought at first I was just sleeping weird. I work odd hours for my job. I work as the night guard of an office building. I watch over the building and let the workers in and out. It is not a bad job. It is very relaxing and I do crossword puzzles most of the time. The issue is that I have to be alert at like three in the morning. I then sleep during the daylight hours. My sleeping is very irregular and odd, which is what I thought was causing the pains. I then woke up in the middle of the night and realized that I was cold. I leave my AC on when I go to bed. Since I sleep during the day it gets really hot in my room. I turn on the cooling system and turn it off when I wake up. By the time I have woken up it is dark outside and the temperatures have dropped. I realized that my bedroom temperature just lowers while I am sleeping. Then my body gets cold and I think that I tense up when I am cold. I think the air conditioner is what is causing my neck and back pains. I think what I will do is set my system to turn on while I am sleeping. I then will have to set an alarm to wake up to turn off the unit. I only have to do this for a few days and then my smart thermostat will learn to turn off on its own.


Not living in a trailer

I do not know what is the deal with my boyfriend and a trailer. My boyfriend is determined to put the two of us in a trailer. I know he likes to save money and basically pack it all away. His grand plan is to be a millionaire when he retires. My point is that we might as well enjoy the money while we are able to do things. I do not want to be in my seventies and not able to enjoy the money. My boyfriend will not be swayed though, he looks for the cheapest option on everything. Rather than buy a home, he wants a trailer. He thinks he can pack me away in a small trailer. I have demands and needs though. I like having my own space and bedroom. We also need our privacy. We would drive each other crazy if we were packed away in a tight space. We argue and have opposite opinions on everything. He is the neat freak and I am the slob. He loves to listen to music all day long and I love the quiet. I love the heat and he loves the cold. I always want to turn on the furnace and be warm. He is constantly begging to turn on the air conditioning. We right now live in separate apartments. This works well for us since we can just alter the temperature once the other one leaves. If we lived in a small space, HVAC would be something we argue about all day long. The trailer could not accommodate zone control either.


Living at home

I am single and in my twenties. I graduated college a long time ago and get a job in my hometown. My work is about two minutes away from my childhood home. It made no sense to get a place of my own. So now I live at home, work a local job and spend most evenings with my parents. I do not have any friends anymore. They all moved away from me or we lost touch. Now my best friend is my mother and father. Friday night should be a night of alcohol and partying. Instead on friday what I do is hang out with my parents. It should be depressing but I am really excited for my friday night. My mother and I are going to order ahead for our favorite pizza. My father will get us chip and dip. We then are going to watch a movie on the family couch together. I love evenings like this. Instead of freezing to death in a skimpy outfit at the bar, I am comfortable. The furnace is warm and it heats my house to the right temperature. The heating system makes the whole area comfortable and I can wear my pajamas. I do not have to do my hair or my makeup. I can just enjoy superior company, heating, food and environment. Why would I ever want to leave? I have no expenses and I get all my needs taken care of by my family. It is such a great setup for me and my parents. We all are together and enjoying each other’s company.

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