Well it seems like the battle has begun. No, I'm not talking about the Heathcare battle in Washington but something that happens every year in Fairhaven: the battle of fresh air versus air-conditioning.
My wife hates A/C! She loves fresh air — plus we live by the ocean so she likes to hear the waves at night.
I don't like to sweat.
For over 30 years we have been in our house down by the water. We actually outgrew it a few kids ago, but we loved the neighborhood and the neighbors so we made do. We changed the family room into the girls' room and except for the challenge of one bathroom with one shower, we managed.
It seems like we never needed air-conditioning before because we always had the seabreeze. Our bedroom faces the water so it used to be fine, except for two or three nights during a heatwave.
My son was the first to ask for A/C because his room was on the other side of the house where there was rarely a breeze. He runs that unit every night. Sometimes I think its cold enough in there to snow. His air-conditioner is always the first to go in around the beginning of May.
Then ... I wait.
I used to be able to just pop it in the window myself, but I've had to ask for help the past few years.
Now I'm not going to start any climate change discussion here, I think I'm just getting stubborn as I grow older. Maybe it's because I'm home more now and I don't spend eight hours or more in a cool office.
Every night we seem to have that discussion, "Do you want A/C or the windows?" I'm sure we're not the only house that struggles with this.
This year I've come up with some criteria. Yes I have too much time on my hands.
No. 1 — Is there a breeze?
No. 2 — Is it humid?
No. 3 — Will I need covers?
I have always liked to sleep with the covers pulled up tight to my neck. If it's too hot for even the sheet, it's too hot for me.
The dogs seem to like it, too, as they get older. On a hot day they like to lie on the cool tile floor, and at night, they hog the bed to feel the air.
Don't get me wrong, I love the fresh air too! I love having the windows open and I like hearing the sound of the ocean. I just dont want to toss and turn all night when the air is too thick to breathe.
As I said in a previous column this winter, I never would have made it during the Pilgrim days. My options would be sweat or ... sweat. I'll bet I would have been the first Pilgrim to invent cargo shorts. I think it would look great with my buckle hat and musket.
So far I actually think we've had more fresh-air nights than air-conditioning this year.
My wife has been happy and you know the saying: "Happy wife, happy life."
Let's hope this cooling trend continues.