I don’t have as much nostalgia for my childhood as many of my friends and coworkers do. I grew up in a house that was firmly rooted in the 1960s and 1970s in both aesthetics and with the appliances and furniture that were inside. The paint throughout the house was this nasty pea soup looking green color that I hated, and both the kitchen and bathrooms were covered in the most gaudy looking wall paper I have thus far ever seen inside a house. It was terrible, especially since our TV was also 15 years old and barely got enough reception to watch local television. I wish I had been more thankful for what my parents could afford at the time, but all I remember is feeling jealousy and envy whenever I’d go to one of my friends’ houses. I’d get to sit on their plush sofa couches while playing video games on the newest video game console at the time. Another feature of our old house that I loathed was the ancient dial thermostat for the central HVAC system. It never seemed to work properly, no matter what I did with the controls. You’d set it to a temperature but it never felt right. In wanting to drop the temperature down, the a/c might stop short of what feels like the right temperature. When you’re sweating and feeling uncomfortable, it’s hard to believe the thermostat when it claims the indoor temperature is three or four degrees lower. I was in a house recently that still had one of those old dial thermostats and it took me back to my childhood. But, it wasn’t happy nostalgia—I’ll take my new smart thermostat any day of the week.