Heat? — 12 Comments

  1. This will be an inter­est­ing poll. I hear Min­neso­ta neigh­bors and friends who do not turn the heat on until long after I turn on the heat. For me, one who gets chilly eas­i­ly, I turn on the heat when­ev­er I feel chilled. Yikes!!

  2. You and Katharyn both, Nan­cy. For my part, some time ago in New Eng­land I lost what­ev­er guilt may accom­pa­ny that first flip from “off” to “heat.” I decid­ed that I just wasn’t going to com­pete in delay­ing the heat­ing sea­son, since I would lose any­way to my “hardier than thou” friends.

  3. I agree with Kei­th about turn­ing the heat on with­out being com­pet­i­tive about my New Eng­land har­di­ness. Let it go. Sylvie still resists turn­ing the heat on, though. She's the hardy one.

  4. As I vot­ed, I don't have a spe­cif­ic date — it depends on the temp. I tend to play with the heat; turn it on briefly to "take the chill off", then maybe have it off for weeks after. (Yes, I have done that late one chilly day here this year!) 🙂

  5. Hi Alice, wel­come aboard. In my old house I was more like­ly to use spot heat­ing meth­ods to “take the chill off”: portable oil-filled heater or wood stove. That’s because the cen­tral heat­ing sys­tem just didn’t work very well. The time it took to bring up the inside tem­per­a­ture went asymp­tot­ic as the out­side tem­per­a­ture dropped. The house in St. Paul actu­al­ly heats up when you raise the ther­mo­stat. It is a source of con­stant wonderment.

  6. Jim and I have had what I call “the ther­mome­ter wars” for 31 years. I’m cold; he is not. The best thing I ever bought was a pro­gram­ma­ble ther­mo­stat. So he can be cold all day. He is retired. I am not.

    So I pro­gram it at 62 degrees for all the time, except the heat is turned on at 3 pm to 68 degrees, so when I get home, the house is pret­ty cozy. Then back down to 62 at 7 pm. The house does not cool down fast, so when we go to bed at 10 or so, it is just drift­ing down as we heat with radi­a­tors. We both like the 62 degrees for sleep. We have a big old house, as most are around here. Also dur­ing the cold months, when I get ready for work, I have a lit­tle space heater in the bath­room. This strat­e­gy has saved many argu­ments and mon­ey too. On the week­ends, I get up and go down­stairs to man­u­al­ly increase the temp to 68, and make cof­fee. If I do feel chilled on week­ends, I sneak in a 2 degree increase. It goes back to the 68 degree lim­it after 4 hours.

    Pret­ty nifty, huh?

  7. And P.S., did you read Ruben Rosario’s arti­cle in the PP today? He is from New York, and it is about Punch Piz­za. I can’t remem­ber if you liked the piz­za at Punch, but it is a good arti­cle about them rais­ing min­i­mum wage for their work staff.

  8. I hadn’t seen that arti­cle, thanks. I’m fol­low­ing the [min­i­mum] wage issue with inter­est, along with the nascent move­ment to do away with restau­rant tipping.

    The cat­a­lyst for the lat­est upsurge in inter­est in no-tip­ping restau­rants seems to have been San Fran­cis­co restau­ran­teur Jay Porter. Here is his full 6‑part blog series (from 2013) on his 6‑year-long exper­i­ment with elim­i­nat­ing tip­ping, which the Slate link above summarizes.

    The New York­er ran a piece a cou­ple of days ago after an influ­en­tial, upscale restau­rant group in New York announced a no-tip­ping pol­i­cy going forward.

    Re: Punch: I hadn’t post­ed yet on my impres­sions of their authen­tic Neopoli­tan-style piz­za, but I like it very much. My wife and I have been to the High­land flag­ship loca­tion a cou­ple of times, and to a few of the no-table-ser­vice out­posts as well.

  9. Do you know about Sar­gent Ave between Cretin and Sar­gent? [sic — per­haps Finn? See link.] An entire block is cor­doned off every year, and the whole block goes nuts! Real­ly scary stuff. Take a look. We have no lit­tle chil­dren in our lives any­more. So we walk down there with a cup of wine or a Bai­leys and enjoy the spec­ta­cle! Ooooo, real­ly scary music too. All over the top. Does the east coast enjoy Hal­loween like we do, or more? We live on a cor­ner, so we usu­al­ly get about a hun­dred kids at our door. Very fun.

  10. nevermind margaret

    Lin­da — Thanks for the tip. Now on the 31st we’ll be torn between hand­ing out can­dy to our local kids and check­ing out the riv­er end of Sargent.

    In Gro­ton, MA we lived near the vil­lage cen­ter, just out­side the his­toric dis­trict. We were on the “loop” in town that was a local des­ti­na­tion for trick-or-treat­ing. Par­ents would dri­ve their kids in from out­ly­ing sub­ur­ban devel­op­ments and even from oth­er towns. Most years we had north of 300 kids. They trav­eled in packs, in drift­ing shoals like sea life. It was awe-inspiring.

    From talk­ing with neigh­bors we’re expect­ing around a hun­dred this year.

    It seems to me that over-the-top Hal­loween obser­vances have spread nation­wide over the last decade or two. Nei­ther New Eng­land nor the Twin Cities appears on this recent top 10 list, though.


  11. Yes we get the shipped in kids from oth­er neigh­bor­hoods too. It is fun. We do enjoy them no mat­ter where they're from. Jim doesn't like to walk down to Sar­gent, so he stays home to give out the treats. Some­times it is so fun here that I just stay home too. We are on the cor­ner of Cretin and Fair­mount, and I always play real­ly loud scary Hol­loween music. And we are famous for giv­ing out the big can­dy bars! Not those bite sized lit­tle ones! Oh I just noticed that Mar­garet gives out full sized too! Smart woman. The kid's eye just widen like saucers when they see what's in the bowl.

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