Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Hot? I thought I'd die.

I did some volunteer work in the hottest office that I've ever been in. The occupants of this office seemed to take no notice of the unusual heat. They were dressed in regular, full-length clothes and were not unduly flushed or sweating, but I was praying to the god of antiperspirants to work with me and keep me a nice person to be around.

At any moment I was expecting one of the staff to toss in a casual "Sorry about the stifling conditions," or a "What's with the heating system today?" comment, but no dice. I thought to myself "What could possibly make these people oblivious to these sweltering conditions?" They weren't old people, but there was a high concentration of females.

Actually, they were all females.

I've heard other men complain that, in general (and I say this knowing full well how totally chauvinistic this sounds), most women tend to always feel chilled in a room. Some attribute it to being generally thinner than their well-padded gender opposites and therefore not as able to maintain a good core body temperature. Another theory I've heard is that because of dietary differences, weight-conscious women tend to eat more greens and less fatty foods and are therefore less able to bring their core body temperature up in the first place. Whatever the reason, I had to work in sweltering heat today, and that was BEFORE I had to climb up into the ceiling to run some cabling. Feh!

I enjoy doing volunteer work. The organization that I was helping this morning has strong Christian roots, and I ended up having lunch with some of the other volunteers there. Some of their spiritual dogma came out as we discussed our duties at the office and this made me a bit uncomfortable. As a person with religious leanings that are not easily classified, I felt a bit out of place. Mention was made of how we are doing Jesus' work and how we are all good Christians for giving our time. I felt like a religous minority (which I may have been) at the office. I'm not sure why I did, but I did.

Does one have to be religious to be thought of as being charitably Christian?

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