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Old 12-09-2011, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Aberdeen MD
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Actually I've done grocery shopping in -56 with my 3 year old son before. I lived in Fairbanks for 3 years. -10 to -30 is pretty easy. Heck I've hiked in temps like that.
We just dress sensibly to deal with the colder temps. Even my husband, a soldier, has done PT in -30 temps. No problem.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Texas and Arizona can be hot, Florida? Not really, 90F isn't hot. Low of 70 and highs of 90 like in FLA is perfect. It's people who over use the Air Conditioning at the slightest sign of heat who "hate the heat" because they never let their body acclimatize to it, by sitting indoors with AC on all the time. The human body evolved from the tropics and such temperatures are our natural environment, not cold blistery garbage with itchy dry indoor heating and stupid thick layers of clothes adorning our bodies.
I don't have A/C and so I let my body acclimatize to the heat, but all the same I hate it. In fact, one of the things I don't like about A/C is that it encourages you to stay home and I don't really like that. Anyway, that's not the reason why I don't have A/C.

It's true we have evolved from the tropics, but we are complex beings. I know I wouldn't tolerate the cold being naked, but once I'm properly dressed the feeling I get in the cold is so appealing.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Buxton, England
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Part of the hate of that cold to me, is the trouble to have to dress up like that anyway to go out.

At least if it's summer and 80 degrees both inside and outside you can just walk in or out with no preparation. Much easier.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:32 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Texas and Arizona can be hot, Florida? Not really, 90F isn't hot. Low of 70 and highs of 90 like in FLA is perfect. It's people who over use the Air Conditioning at the slightest sign of heat who "hate the heat" because they never let their body acclimatize to it, by sitting indoors with AC on all the time. The human body evolved from the tropics and such temperatures are our natural environment, not cold blistery garbage with itchy dry indoor heating and stupid thick layers of clothes adorning our bodies.
Depends on the person. I definitely do not overuse A/C. I'll sit in my house for hours sweating my ass off feeling miserable before caving in. When I was younger my parents didn't even install an A/C. Try sleeping when it's 75 F at 3AM and in the 80s indoors. No matter how much I try, I could never get used to sleeping/living in a warm, stuffy house. Not to mention, even if you're heat tolerant, you still need A/C in much of the US due to the humidity, otherwise it gets damp, grimy, and mold could start growing.

I'm willing to put up with the inconveniences of winter. I've driven on dangerous icy roads (up to 1,800 feet). I've cleared snow and ice off my car on bitterly cold mornings. I've dug my car out of two feet of snow. Other than the dangerous driving, it's all worth it to me. I love snow and the fresh air.
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Aberdeen MD
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Give me this any day!

The picture is from Northern NY where we used to live.
BTW, I lived in Hawaii with no ac, NY no ac, and AK no ac.
Hated the temp in Hawaii. Too hot for me.
Really missed the AC in AK & NY because while it's super easy to heat up a house its super hard to cool a house on a 80 degree day with no AC.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:37 AM
 
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Actually I am choosing to move up North because I don't like heat. I would never choose to move to anywhere like Florida, Texas, Arizona, etc. WAY too hot!
Give me average 70-75 temps in the summer, first snow in late Oct, full gorgeous winters of lots of snow, mountains, pine trees and temps of -15 to 30 and I'm happy. Heck even at -20 I'm okay. Must admit though, I've been in -56 before and that was a bit too brisk for me.
Wow, please come up here and live in Central Canada, you will get lots of snow in October.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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80 and humid is nothing. -56... well that will result in you being a limb-less quadraplegic if you spend 5 minutes exposed in it
That's right ! Human can survive at 80 but will freeze to death at -56.

We are tropical species, not artic species.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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That's right ! Human can survive at 80 but will freeze to death at -56.

We are tropical species, not artic species.
That's not a very sensible comparison, though. If you look at a cold climate like Fairbanks, the average low in January is above -20 F. For a hot climate like Houston, the average high in August is about 95 F.
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Aberdeen MD
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Snowbird,
I so wish I could! Unfortunately I'm stuck where I am until the winter of 2013 at which point I will be so very happily moving back up to Fairbanks Alaska.
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:26 PM
 
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That's not a very sensible comparison, though. If you look at a cold climate like Fairbanks, the average low in January is above -20 F. For a hot climate like Houston, the average high in August is about 95 F.
I was saying our genetic make up, human survive without clothing in tropical zone but will not survive at even 32F, let alone -20F or lower.

Human beings migrated and adopted colder zone because the extra clothing we put on, it doesn't mean our genetic make up allow us to survive for even 5 minutes at -20F.
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