Dear Dallas,

(Dear Entire Metroplex, for that matter),

I love you dearly. You know I do. But I am thoroughly fed up and disgusted with the temperature of all places indoors in the summertime. How can it be healthy for a person to vacillate multiple times daily between 100 degrees and 65 degrees? And it’s not a gradual vacillation either. It’s an immediate shock to the system every time. In. Out. In. Out. Hot. Cold. Hot. Cold. My system doesn’t like it one bit. The other day, my husband and I sat, shivering, absolutely miserable, through my daughter’s awards ceremony at her elementary school. This is a public school. This is a school where my tax dollars are going to pay the exorbitant electrical costs of cooling a building to the ridiculous extent that you need to wear your winter coat inside on a 95 degree day. I don’t want to take my winter coat around with me in the summer. I don’t want to take my down comforter to restaurants. I don’t want to pay for something that is not good for anybody. Why can’t we be warm in the summer and cool in the winter? I’m not saying I’m against air conditioning. I’m simply proposing that the entire city of Dallas turns their thermostats up to 78 degrees in the summer. 78 degrees, people. That’s not unreasonable. Use your ceiling fans if you’re hot. 65 is fine for winter. Everyone benefits.


• There are rolling blackouts every summer due to the energy usage across this state. I heard about them yesterday. And it’s only June.

• The cost of gasoline is creating hardship for many families. If we’d all cut back in other areas, we’d have lower electricity bills AND lower taxes (assuming all government offices join us in the cutbacks), which would free up gas money. And then we could ride our bikes or walk more places, which would free up more gas money. But I digress.

• If Global Warming is real, it surely can’t be good for the earth for us to be using more energy than we need. Just imagine all that invisible wavy, steamy stuff that our air conditioning units put into the atmosphere. If Global Warming is not real, disregard this point.

• It takes as much petroleum to make 14 plastic bags as it does to drive a car one mile. (I know, what does that have to do with air conditioning, right? Nothing. But it says it on the side of my green bag that Chris got from Half Price Books and it really affected me. When I bought a bunch of scotch tape at Target yesterday and I didn’t have my green bag with me, I told the lady I didn’t need a bag for it and I put it all in my purse. She looked at me like I was crazy. I felt good about doing my part.)

• If houses and businesses are warmer, we can all wear less clothing, which means we will be doing less laundry. I don’t know, maybe that’s a stretch.

Leslie Linebarger

  1. #1 by Stephanie on June 6, 2008 - 2:54 pm

    Hi Leslie! I read your posting, and I’m so glad that our bags and environmental efforts have made such an impact on you! I laughed out loud when I read that you put the scotch tape in your purse rather than asking for a plastic bag – good for you! 🙂

    Have a great weekend and thank you –

    Stephanie Bonner
    Half Price Books


  2. #2 by Leslie on June 6, 2008 - 2:58 pm

    My goodness. The wonders of the internet never cease to amaze me.


  3. #3 by maxskybarger on June 6, 2008 - 3:34 pm

    I agree with your post in part, I think you addressed it wrong though. I think it would have been more fitting to call it “Dear God”. The problem is not the temperature indoors, but the temperature outdoors. If it were 65 degrees all year long there would be no need for heat or A/C. Think of all the environmental effects that would have. This is why I plan on moving to San Fransisco as soon as I have a job that can afford us living there, AKA the year 2068.


  4. #4 by Leslie on June 6, 2008 - 4:11 pm

    Oh, maxskybarger. The wonders of maxskybarger never cease to amaze me.


  5. #5 by Bean on June 6, 2008 - 4:27 pm

    Les…I loved this! A great laugh! I feel for you and anyone else stuck in that…well…I better stop.

    Maxsky…move to Britain. The temp is great…but you’ll spend three times as much on petrol, food, and housing…kind of like San Francisco. Maybe you can live in the hotel Kirsty’s mom runs?


  6. #6 by kirsty on June 7, 2008 - 4:42 am

    Great post Leslie! You should send it as a letter to the editor or something. It is funny because everything you mentioned is done here in England. For example, all of the grocery stores offer incentives for bringing your own bags or they sell bags-for-life for like 20 pence that are guaranteed to last or they replace them. Also most people don’t use a clothes dryer even if they have one! My friend dries everything on the clothesline except towels, even on rainy days! Most people will not drive somewhere that they can walk or ride their bike. Everything is recycled and having your own compost bin is being pushed more and more. But from what I hear, England is only in the beginnings of all this and the rest of Europe is way ahead of us.

    But back to the main point, I agree about the air conditioning. Although it is kind of fun to take a big down comforter to the movie theatre!

    oh, and all the stores here ask you if you want a bag!


  7. #7 by knauerflower on June 7, 2008 - 11:53 am

    I bought the reusable grocery bags so I could “do my part”. Now I have to buy plastic garbage can liners because I ran out of the plastic grocery bags I used to line them with(thank you reusable bag) and now I have to pay for something I was getting for free three weeks ago. I hate being environmentally aware.


  8. #8 by Kim on June 7, 2008 - 12:14 pm

    Good points – all. As an addition re governmental awareness, we went to Washington, D.C. last year.
    We were walking down the street about 7:30-8:00pm
    on a Saturday evening viewing all the govt buildings.
    We came upon the Department of ENERGY, and couldn’t
    help but notice, that EVERY single light on all 6-7
    floors were blazing brightly – on a Sat night – when
    absolutely no one appeared to be in the building.
    I’m more than sure that was the ONLY time in life that ever happened, but needless to say, seemed to be quite a waste. I have to go now – I just remembered I left my front porch light on and it’s the middle of the day.


  9. #9 by Carrie on June 7, 2008 - 9:43 pm

    Kirsty, sounds like Portland, Oregon to me. All the things you mentioned hold true in this wonderful place I live, except maybe the dryer thing. Oregon is really big on being green.

    What amuses me is that as we progress in the world of technology and other areas, we regress to the old ways of doing things and call it new solutions in the name of “going green”. (ie. reusable shopping bags, compost piles, bike riding and walking, etc.)Pretty funny!


  10. #10 by Lora on June 7, 2008 - 11:58 pm

    I’m so surprised to read about the cold temp at the award ceremony. We’d been sweating through our last week of school, so I figured the entire district was trying to save too much money. Hmmm. Maybe it was just our school.

    I loved your blog; I’m always begging God to turn up His AC. 🙂


  11. #11 by Pilgrim on June 9, 2008 - 1:33 pm

    Dear Leslie,

    Please don’t whine.

    Whining will not make it warmer or colder or cheaper to live in this very strange place we call earth.

    I would recommend yelling. It makes you feel much better than this placid and seemingly stable whining. Yelling gets it out just the way you want it in that moment, and then you can move past it.


  12. #12 by Pilgrim on June 9, 2008 - 1:34 pm

    ….maybe I shouldn’t comment when I am jetlagged… I meant the humor to come out but I don’t know if it made it through the thick cloud of tiredness ; )


  13. #13 by Leslie on June 9, 2008 - 2:45 pm

    Oh Pill…where’re you coming from? Remember when we were traveling buddies?


  14. #14 by Josh on June 12, 2008 - 10:35 am


    I’m with you 100% on this one. When we’re at home, we like to keep the thermostat at 78. Also, I laughed out loud at a couple parts of this post. You’re funny.


  15. #15 by Lindsay on June 16, 2008 - 8:17 pm


    My husband is in sales for Weyerhaeuser in the paper bag division. The city of San Francisco has banned the use of plastic bags so the sale of paper and reusable bags has gone up. Many people in Oregon are using reusable or paper bags. Not sure when/if Texas will catch on. Guess you’ll just have to move back to Oregon or San Fran with your brother to get your good temp. and reusable bag friends.

    Fun post.



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