I wrote earlier about how technology had solved one of my reading problems, namely noisy neighbours. Now technology has solved another of my reading problems. It’s that time of year when temperatures start dropping and my mangled metabolism is failing to keep me warm when I am at a standstill (or sit-still, which is more often the case). It’s bad enough just being a tropical person at this latitude, but now CFS has finished off what was left of my circulation. And for some mysterious reason builders here insist on installing baseboard heaters under windows so that the greatest possible amount of heat can be lost before it gets to the home’s occupants. So rather than crank the heat and cause my rent to increase, or burn a forest of firewood in the woodstove, I spend most of the rainy season (i.e. winter) hunkered over my trusty space heater.
Late last spring my space heater died but due to the pleasant weather and sunshine I didn’t miss my little electricity-guzzling friend … until now. So I mozied on down to Canadian Tire and was surprised and delighted at how far space heater technology had advanced since I last shopped for such a device. Get this: they now come with remote controls! Be still my arrhythmic heart. And the model I bought has plenty to control: three heat settings plus fan, oscillation, a timer, and a thermostat you can set at the desired tropical temperature. It also turns off if it tips over, and has a built in surge protector. And to top it all off, it was on sale! Fifty percent off, no less, and I got the last one. Obviously the shopping gods were with me tonight.
So now I can look forward to a quiet and warm winter of reading and blogging. Sounds (and feels) good to me.
There is one personal comfort technology that doesn’t need much improvement, however, and that is my nocturnal companion, the hot water bottle. Check out this online virtual museum of hot water bottles from the Netherlands. There’s a real hot water bottle museum in Paris, but it lacks a web page. Quelle dommage.