Cold Noise vs. Hot Quiet (Day 229)

(photo credit: A Hundred in the Shade by Mark Roy on

You know how every time you walk into a hotel room it is freezing cold? You turn off the air conditioner, which is crazy noisy, and in the middle of the night you wake up sweating because the room is so hot.

This doesn’t happen to you? You’re lucky.

When I walked into my hotel room this evening, I was surprised. It was warm. Warm enough that I took off the sweater I’d needed outside. Warm enough that I shed the socks. Warm enough that my glasses fogged up. And the room was quiet. No whirring fan, which was exactly what I needed.

But I needed the quiet with a little less warm. Not likely to happen. So I made the choice: turned on the thermostat and set the temperature to 68 and fan speed to high.

I left to pick up some supper. When I got back, the room was freezing. The fan made a lot of noise. So I turned off the thermostat. A couple hours later, and the room is at a nice temperature. A silent, nice temperature.

Unfortunately, if I keep the thermostat off, I surely am going to wake up in the middle of the night drenched. If I turn it back on, I will have to try to fall asleep with the noisy on and off fan. Chances are I will wake up in the middle of the nice frozen.

I’ve always preferred the heat (it’s a growing up in Baltimore thing), so the winner is thermostat off. Good thing I brought an extra shirt. I think I’ll put it on the night table so I don’t have to get up to change clothes.

Of course, I’ll get up anyway. To turn back on the thermostat.


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