A small, neat sweatbox at that

A discussion of air conditioning, or the lack thereof, in the City of New York spawned this plaintive wail:

Here in Tokyo, where it is obscenely, body-wiltingly hot for three or four months a year (and where, in the past ten years, government anti-carbon mandates have made 28°C the minimum indoors in the summer), through-window air conditioners are the only thing you ever see. Being born in NYC, I have only heard the term “central air” and have never seen it. I would have to Google to see what such a setup would look like.

Jeebus. Eighty-three inside? I wouldn’t wish that on a communist from Berzerkley, let alone a Japanese salaryman.


  1. fillyjonk »

    8 September 2015 · 7:06 am

    Am now wondering if we see the root of the Japanese economic downturn of recent years.

  2. ETat »

    8 September 2015 · 11:07 am

    (S)he was born and lived in NY and has no idea what central air is?
    Gimme a break.
    Supermarkets? Stores? Office towers? Hospitals?
    “I told you a 1000 times: do not exaggerate!”(c)

  3. Nancy »

    8 September 2015 · 4:47 pm

    At the moment it’s 87°F in my fourth-floor condo. Residential A/C doesn’t exist in Oakland/San Francisco; in normal years we rely on our friend Karl the Fog. This has not been a normal year.

  4. CGHill »

    8 September 2015 · 5:37 pm

    Of course, here in Soonerland we gripe in normal years, since they’re pretty much like this. (99°F today, but a semi-severe storm is arriving more or less as I type.)

  5. McGehee »

    8 September 2015 · 8:58 pm

    ETat »
    8 September 2015 · 11:07 am

    My thought exactly. Five years I lived in Fairbanks, Alaska and never encountered home central air conditioning. But Fred Meyer had it, Safeway had it, Sears had it, Kmart had it, J.C. Penney had it, Woolworth’s had it, the University of Alaska administrative headquarters where I worked two of those five years had it, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital had it, McDonald’s had it, Denny’s had it, Pizza Hut had it…

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