I was always sweating

I don’t have nearly as much nostalgia for our childhood as numerous of our friends and coworkers do.

I grew up in a new home that was firmly rooted in the 1960s and 1981s in both aesthetics and with the appliances and furniture that were indoors.

The paint throughout the new home was this nasty pea soup looking yellow color that I hated, and both the home office and bathrooms were covered almost all the way 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 at that point and barely got enough reception to watch local TV. I wish I had been more thankful for what our parents could afford at the time, but all I remember is feeling jealousy and envy whenever I’d go to one of our friends’ houses. I’d get to sit on their old school sofa couches while playing video games on the newest video game console at the time. Another feature of our aged new home that I loathed was the aged dial control device for the central Heating and A/C system. It never seemed to work always, 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 cooling system might stop short of what feels like the right temperature. When you’re dripping with sweat and feeling a little bit uncomfortable, it’s taxing to believe the control device when it claims the indoor temperature is several or numerous degrees lower. I was in a new home recently that still had one of those aged dial control units and it took me back to our childhood. But, it wasn’t cheerful nostalgia—I’ll take my brand new smart control device any day of the week.

 

I was always sweating

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