On the Overuse of Air Conditioning

A feature of summer that aggravates me to no end is the excessive use of air conditioning in public places and shops. I just had to flee from ERC because it was too cold in there — and I’m wearing long pants. Another great thing about Italy and Greece was that caffes only used AC enough to provide relief from the outside heat, basically keeping the indoors 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the outdoors, rather than the 30 degree difference we often see here in the US. The summer I worked in DC, my office building was so cold I would walk out into the 90 degree weather and the humidity outdoors would condense on my cold hands.