I have goosebumps on my arms. I have tried switching off the air conditioning but it’s tenacious and refuses to obey my instructions. When I arrived at my hotel last night the air conditioner was set at 67 F (19.4 C). It felt like a fridge in the room after the warm air outside I had already spent a large part of my day on a plane being really cold and would have liked to be able to sit in my hotel room without getting into the bed for extra warmth.
Recently I spent quite a few evenings rehearsing in community halls in Japan. It wasn’t easy, as I became so hot dancing, but they only use air conditioners once the temperature in the room gets above 28 C (82.4 F), and that only happened on a couple of occasions. There is a “Cool Biz” campaign in Japan that runs from May to October to encourage businesses to set their air conditioners at 28 C (82.4 F) to limit the use of electricity. This means that men have stopped wearing ties to work in the summer and that cooler clothes are used. But I’m in America where the people around me are sitting in chilled rooms wearing t-shirts and shorts – something the Japanese wouldn’t really consider for work. The are also carrying cardigans and jackets, because it’s cold inside. The last time I went to the cinema in America, during the summer, I took a blanket! It’s ridiculous.
I’m going to be in America for quite a few weeks so I’m going to have to come up with a way to keep warm while indoors.