365 Challenge: Day 27 – Warm-Blooded

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Warm-Blooded: (1) ardent, passionate, or (2) relating to or denoting animals (chiefly mammals and birds) that maintain a constant body temperature, typically above that of the surroundings, by metabolic means; homeothermic

I’ve wanted to blog about this topic for a few days, but I was mulling over whether to call it “warm” or “hot” blooded. I only intended to cover one of the two definitions, but figured I’d list both, since education is a good thing. “Hot,” to me, speaks to ardent and passionate, whereas “warm” speaks to the body temperature, which is what I want to discuss. A reader’s first thought is likely… “what does body temperature have to do with a trait about you or your personality?” And you’d be correct to let that thought cross your mind. But by the end of this post, it will become more clear.

The weather’s been getting warmer here in NYC where I live. I had a few days this week where I needed to pull out shorts, not only to lounge around my apartment, but also when I left to run an errand around town. And I’m not happy. I much prefer the cooler weather of early spring and late autumn; even winter is better than the temperature during the summer. But why, you ask, I’m sure… do you care so much about the temperature? That’s simple… I seem to feel temperature more than most others; my body seems to register on high alert anytime the temperature goes above 60 — and it just makes me uncomfortable, miserable and a sourpuss.

Our normal body temperatures are supposed to be 98.6 degrees. We’re all taught that when we are youngsters. Some people float a little low or a high, which is normal. My average body temperature tends to be 97 degrees. I’m not exactly sure what this means (any medical professionals out there know?), but I believe it has wrecked with body’s reaction to the change in external temperature.

Once it hits 60 degrees outside, I sweat! I will often wear one shirt to work (walking to the subway) and change when I arrive at the office — not because I look sweaty or smell (don’t even go there) — but because it irritates me, I feel sickly and my positive outlook on the day just drains away. I almost shut down when I get too warm or sticky, unable to focus or think. And it makes me a bit miserable to be around. I know it. I admit it.

On the flip side, if I trudge through snow to get to my destination, I arrive all happy, optimistic and ready to get the day started. How odd…. go ahead and say it… I often think the same thing to myself. But being comfortable is essential to being happy and productive throughout the day. I’m sure some folks feel the same if they are shivering and unable to focus because it’s too cold, so you surely must understand my predicament.

It’s much worse during the summer months (mid-June thru mid-September) where I barely function. I can tolerate it for a little while longer, but I know it’s coming and I am not thrilled about sweaty, hot, smelly subways, stagnant and moist (yes, I used that word…) air you feel all around you… perhaps I should move to an environment where the weather is much more amenable to my body temperature needs. Back to the topic.

So warm-blooded applies to us all, as we’re mammals, but to me, warm-blooded means I am always warm. I generate an inordinate amount of body heat. Everyone loves to cuddle with me. I hate it because they don’t take the body heat away from me. They just give me more of their body heat. Ugh. I rarely feel cold or chilly, and if I am, it usually means I’m catching a cold.

Being warm-blooded is probably a good thing, tho, and I shouldn’t complain about it. But because of it, and my body’s reaction to external temperature, my entire personality is affected when I hit my pressure point… which unlike most people is not just at the extremes, given it’s anything above 60 degrees. Hence why I said this is more a characteristic than it may have sounded like at the beginning. If the temperature goes up, you know what to expect when you see me. I’ll complain about it right away. I’ll only travel so far to meet people for dinner or drinks. Selfish… irritable… short-tempered… whiny… that’s what I become. And if those aren’t annoying traits, I don’t know what is!

A friend brings me an Evian mister spray when we go out during the summer. It’s kinda amusing, but it helps.

At least people know this about me and try to work with me on it. Perhaps I’m exaggerating a tad, but in all seriousness, the weather has a huge impact on me. I love rain. I love snow. I hate heat. I abhor humidity. There, I said it. No beach vacations for me.

So what do I do with this knowledge: move to the mountain tops, find a job as a sleigh driver in the Arctic Circle, buy an air-conditioned suit? Or learn to live with it, push the boundaries a bit each time and hope for the best. Eh… A LOT OF SHOWERS too… coincidentally, how cute is that graphic below! 😛

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay. I am 40 and live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post.

 

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13 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 27 – Warm-Blooded

    susandyer1962 said:
    April 8, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Lol awesome post Jay!

    You would never survive out here in The Valley of the Sun. In the summer I have experienced 122 and it was God awful. I’m originally from New Jersey but the only time I miss Jersey is in the summer……can’t beat the winters though.

    Have a great weekend! Stay cool!😀

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 8, 2017 at 9:03 AM

      Oh! Scary weather. I was just in Sedona and it was a cool 50 degrees… but I can imagine what it could get like in that dessert in the summer. NJ, practically neighbors! 🙂

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        susandyer1962 said:
        April 8, 2017 at 10:35 AM

        Sedona is gorgeous….did you see the chapel? Sedona is 2 1/2. Hours north of me. I’m in the burbs of Phoenix. Basically, a hole in the desert! Hahaha

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        April 8, 2017 at 10:37 AM

        Yes! Took pictures and bought a few things for family. Lit candles for two people. Beautiful view and building. Was a gorgeous sky.

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    James J. Cudney IV responded:
    April 8, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    And I meant desert. Somehow that extra “s” snuck in!

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      susandyer1962 said:
      April 8, 2017 at 10:41 AM

      Did you see that huge house below it? I can’t imagine cleaning that thing! Haha

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        April 8, 2017 at 4:13 PM

        I kept seeing all those huge houses up in the mountains, thinking the same thing. Just spent 3 hours on my terrace, weeding… pulling ivy out from the rails, scrubbing and putting out the furniture… prepping for spring!

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        susandyer1962 said:
        April 8, 2017 at 6:07 PM

        Yay!! Winter winter go away!!!

        Happy Spring!

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    Rae Longest said:
    April 15, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    You would hate Texas. It is 80+ degrees the day before Easter Sunday, and one must change one’s lifestyle or leave town on August’s over 100 degree days..sometimes they come several in a row.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 15, 2017 at 8:35 PM

      Yes, I would. I liked Dallas when I visited, but the heat was too much! But it’s April 16th and 80+ degrees in NYC tomorrow, so I’m in for it. Plus I’m making a spiral ham and baking a few other dishes, so with the oven on, it will be HOTTTTT!

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        susandyer1962 said:
        April 15, 2017 at 8:44 PM

        We are going to be in the upper 90’s this week and that scares me……..summer is coming soon for us here in AZ. I hate the summers here when we get 100+ for thirty days in a row…….but you can’t beat the winters! Lol

        Happy Easter!! I’m making ham too!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        April 15, 2017 at 8:57 PM

        Good luck with the weather! Hope the ham turns out good.

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    Rae Longest said:
    April 15, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Oh, and did I mention it’s 100 degrees with 90% humidity some days. Just walking outside makes you sticky.

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