Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Oh yeah, it's that time of year. The time of year where government agencies decide it's too warm for the heat, but not warm enough for the AC. Well, that is, unless you work where I work and the regulation states, "There will be a 45 day period between the time in which the heat is turned off for the season and the Air Conditioning is turn on." Yup.

However, if you're even more special, and you're me (of course) you'll end up working in a building that was erected (hehe) during WW2 that uses radiator heating. Someone decided that the highest setting wasn't high enough on the radiator at the main entrance of the building, so they decided to

...kick it up a notch.....


and ended up breaking the damn radiator. So now, the radiator is broken on full blast and constantly puts out heat of about 95 degrees. Not only is it constantly putting out heat, but it also is emitting an open spark which could potentially burn this 80 year old building (coated in lead paint and filled to the rafters with asbestos) to the ground in a matter of minutes. With the amount of smokers who work here, and decide that rules don't apply to them, that spark is within 15 feet of an open flame 3-5 times a day at least....comforting.

I can't help but bitch (mostly because of the heat) about the huge double standard that is going on in offices across this nation. Men get screwed during the Spring/Summer months by not be allowed to dress comfortably.

Exhibit A:

Look at the lady first. She looks wonderful. So elegant. So comfortable. Her hair is even blowing in a slight breeze. Her skirt is short enough to let in a breeze once in a while to keep things cool and her sleeves are of equal comfy length. Looking at her, you could almost place her in any setting. She could go anywhere while wearing something like that and no one would care.

Now, look at the guy. His life sucks. He is wearing a button up shirt, most likely with some form of an undershirt to prevent the sweat pond from forming around his sweat zones and then onto his dress shirt. He is wearing PANTS and I'm sure there are dress socks pulled up as high as they'll go to be sure he doesn't look like a slob. He is blazing hot and the most comforting thing he can do is roll up his sleeves and maybe undo one button. More times than not, he is probably also wearing a tie but it was probably "casual" Friday for him. THIS IS NOT CASUAL.

If a girl can wear this....

...to work, I should be able to wear this...

...only, you know, a lot less queer.

Thank you.

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