It’s hot.

Okay, so this is all relative.  The East Coasters, you had it pretty hot a couple of weeks ago.  And in Heidenheim we aren’t setting records like in Berlin.  Today’s high was about 90°F (or 32.2°C locally), and that’s pretty hot for this area.  But we’re finding out we miss air-conditioning.  Very little is air-conditioned here, or in Europe in general.  Not the bank, not the car dealer, not my (Russ’s) office building.  The only place I’ve found that is air-conditioned is the small waiting room at the auto-glass repair shop.  What does that say about their prices?

Now, I grew up without A/C at home.  In Rochester, it doesn’t get that hot (at least, historically) to really necessitate it.  So I can handle it.

But, I walk to work (and also carry my lunch); it’s about 15 minutes to the office, and while I’m in much better shape than when I arrived, I still work up a good sweat once I get to the building. 

Then, there’s my office itself.  I have been told by no fewer than 5 co-workers, some who do not even work in HDH, that my particular 4-man office room is the hottest in the building.  Reasons? 1) It has a black roof right outside the windows which radiates all day, because 2) it is on the NE side of the building so the sun shines on it all day long. 3) It has windows only on one wall, so there is no chance for cross-flow breezes.  And finally, 4) there are pipes running through its ceiling and walls which carry hot water for the heating system and the sinks.  So it’s constantly being heated.  Add in 4  computers and 4 people, and it’s like a heat transfer class final exam to figure out how hot the room gets before the paint starts peeling off the walls.  There have only been 3 or 4 days where we worked with the lights on.

But it’s all relative – my colleagues from India claim they don’t mind until it gets above 40°C.  But even if I’m sitting, in the (mostly) dark, windows open, and without a breeze, you can work up a good sweat.

My German colleagues are split.  Some wonder why they built this building (three years ago) without A/C.  Others tell me about freezing in the York office during the summer.

In the end, we just wash a lot of shirts more often, know that it won’t last for too long, spend more time at biergartens, and look forward to Oktober.  I’ll probably be the only one outside without a jacket. 😉

Yeah it's hot in the office.

A hot engineer at work.

PS: Maybe this will cool us down, as it’s bearing down right now.

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by DadL on July 15, 2010 at 5:18 am

    The NE side? I’d think the SW side of the building would get all the sun. Maybe you’re luckier than you think!


  2. It’s an “end” so the sun is hitting our part of the building just about all day (it’s technically the south side of the building, but it’s really also the north side I guess because of the angle of the building). The main north side gets blocked because of the building next to ours.


  3. Posted by Becky Gohn on July 15, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    We are meeting Randy’s family in Busch Gardens. It was 98 degrees at noon. I’m not a fan of heat and I’m not a fan of walking. Well, who do you think is going to win when the grandchildren arrive tonight? Ron says he likes the Irish show and he’ll watch it many times over. It’s air conditioned. We’ll meet the kids. Right!

    I can’t believe how hot it has been. We do have air conditioning at the time share and at home. Is you apartment air conditioned? I didn’t note that.



  4. Posted by Pam on July 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    In your photo you look a little dazed by the heat, Russ. I guess Lauren always knew that engineers were really hot!


  5. Posted by Rick Kerschner on July 20, 2010 at 4:22 am

    That is unusually hot for Deutschland. Chalk it up to global warming. I am listening to Bill McKibben’s (“350 Day” guy) latest book “Eaarth” in which he claims that we are no longer on the old Earth so we might as well name it something else and learn how to live in this new hotter world. Very good but scary book that claims we cannot “grow” or spend our way out of this present economic and ecological crisis and that living within our means on a smaller scale is the only hopeful path forward.


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