“Mommy, my toes are frozen!”
It is summer time in America; children out of school and outside temperatures in the upper 80’s. So why would this be something I recently overheard a little girl say to her mother? This girl, who was wearing a mix of a sweatshirt, shorts and sandals, is typical of the dress combinations you will find in stores and restaurants all across America in the heat of summer. Why do people need sweaters and sweatshirts in July?
American businesses crank-up their air conditioning and the customers shiver in the summer time…that is why! With the push for reducing our “carbon footprint” and saving money in these hard economic times I am baffled why I find so many places here that keep their buildings so cold. It may be close to 90 degrees outside but the temperature inside feels closer to 60. If it is 90 and humid outside then an inside controlled temperature in the upper 70’s sure would feel comfortable. I may be wearing shorts and sandals but if I am heading out to do some shopping I seriously have to consider changing into pants and shoes.
One positive aspect to this is I spend a lot less time in stores and restaurants…thus spending less of my money.