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Normal People
Zia McCorgi by Cooner
So my brother decided to talk to me about the thermostat today.

You see the house we share right now is a great house and part of the joy is that it has two different thermostats so the house can be different temperatures. The house can be sectioned off you see to contain different levels of hot and cold. This is a good thing. Now I have this thing. I like to turn the thermostat down while I go to sleep in bed. I like putting layers of blankets on the bed and I have an electric blanket too.

I realize not everyone does this but my parents did it too (part of the fun of having separate thermostats in the house their section was always a different temperature) as does my Grandma and most of my aunts. Its part comfort and partly their argument that it saves money on gas and heating bills. I find the later specious (do you really save that much money doing that as opposed to the inevitable costs of heating the house back up?), but again I find it comfortable.

I recognize not everyone does this or enjoys this way of sleeping I'm positive this will not be the way I'll live most of my life depending on who I date or live with, that said it isn't exactly uncommon either.

Now I understand that when guests come to the house and have to sleep over they need to sleep in my part of the house. So I'm willing to agree to having the thermostat higher for those cases, granted its a habit so sometimes I'll forget too so its reasonable to talk about it before guests come.

Still when one starts a conversation with "Normal people don't do that." or "Normal people keep the house at a minimum of 68 degrees" I find that a little annoying and offensive. Maybe I'm being oversensitive but it seems wrong to couch your argument in those terms. It seemed like he was accusing me of being abnormal and out of step on my heating choices. Further because he's known me most of my life it felt like the sort of statement to dredge up my old insecurities form when I was younger and my fears about being alone and having no friends to make his argument. Again I might be oversensitive.

I realize this is a silly thing to write about but it annoyed me. Further he kept on that point for a while instead of negotiating or ending the conversation. So there is that.

Also is it wrong that he brings up two people are coming over to watch the football game and all and then mention just as a whole crowd comes that it will be 20? I suspect the group was sort of unplanned but I'm in a mood to complain.

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thank you for telling me that. I was starting to feel like a freak again and worry myself. I hate that feeling.

Setting it differently for guests is you being courteous to your visitors

right and i agree with that and i'm comfortable with that argument and heck I'll do it...

I guess I was just really offended with the charge of "normal people" and how he talked to me.

Hell, the highest I've ever had my thermostat this winter has been 65, day or night, and I've got a programable that takes it down to 55 at night. I like sleeping under big piles of comforters/blankets. Good thing too, since in my two years in Japan there was NO heat at night...

Still, even with my thermostat this low, the electric bill for me was the highest I've ever had... suspect my water heater may be a big culprit as the faucet water is so cold now that I'm basically showering with 100% hot water from the water heater.

Frankly I'm not sure how you put up with your brother at all...

... 68?

That's friggin' COLD!

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The average down here in the summer is 105. Most people here have to wear sweaters when the temperatures go below 65. >_>

As Sabot tells me put on a fursuit when I'm cold

We have the heater set to 62 in the winter day or night and about 80 or 85 in the summer. We've started making adjustments for guests, after realizing that not everyone is comfortable with that.

You do save when you turn the thermostat down over night. With a high temperature difference overnight, you need that much more energy to fight the heat bleed-off. When you heat it back up during the day, you're not fighting against the outside temperature as much because it gets warmer as the sun comes up.

Sorry, but he's being a jerk. It seems to me that he's just taking advantage of you and trying to strong-arm you into doing what he wants with cheap psychological tricks.

Granted, comparing furries to "normal" people might not be an argument in your favor ;-)

FWIW, I try to keep the heater at 60 in the winter at night, and maybe 65 during the day. 68 is just ridiculous; I can't imagine what my bill would be like, and I also would probably not own any blankets. o.0

And yeah...20 people is SLIGHTLY more...

Actually, me and Cheetah leave the thermostat at 68. If it gets cold, we put on sweaters or fleece jackets. I will usually turn one of the blankets into a makeshift cloak, because hey, long flowing drapery is AWESOME. :D

So... I guess we are not normal people. XD

its not the behavior that is abnormal i'm willing to believe people do that for their heating. its the argument structure. you know?

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