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Hot Flashes

Updated on July 5, 2009

Mike's Common Sense

Back in the fall of of 1973 I was a young freshman at the University of Miami. I was given a room at the older dorm, Mahoney Hall. There was no air conditioning in our room, so the September nights were often pillow soaked experiences.

Late in that month, they installed a room air conditioner. My roommate Andy and I thought this would be our salvation. We were wrong. It led to us not rooming together the next year. Why? The reason was I like it cool, and he liked it COLD.

I had a job at the campus bakery that started at 05:00, so I normally would be in bed by 9:30 or 10:00. He had a rich dad, so he came to bed whenever he felt like it. The problem was I would set the air conditioner on low when I went to bed, and Andy would come in later and set it on high. At 4:15 in the morning, I would wake up to a frosty greeting.

Now I grew up in upstate NY, and the reason I went to UM was to avoid frosty mornings. So the fact that I found myself freezing, dancing around on the cold tile floor, trying to dodge snow flakes, quickly lost its appeal to me. So long Andy.

Turn the clock ahead 30 years. Here I am once again living in Miami, (because I got real sick of being cold). Everything was going great, until my wife started going through menopause. She started experiencing "hot flashes". I really don't understand why they call them "flashes" because she is always having one! They really aren't "hot moments" either. Let just call them "hot, four years and running, never ending periods" of her life.

So here I am, with a room air conditioner in my bedroom, cranked to high, every night. I still have to work at 05:00, But since the commute is 26 miles, I now get to dance around on cold tiles, and avoid snow flakes at 3:15. Its even worse after my hot shower when I come out of my bathroom hopping around like a Mexican jumping bean, trying to keep warm as I try to get dressed.

What a funny "America's Funniest Home Videos" segment that would make! (Except that I'm naked)

I'm thinking Andy wasn't so bad after all, at least he never nagged me.

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    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      9 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Gypsy Willow! Hot flashes are no laughing matter for us guys either!

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      Gypsy Willow 

      9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      funny hub if it weren't so serious! Hot flashes are a pain!!

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      9 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi brad41, I am NOT a fan of AC unless it is real hot and humid. (Miami from May- Sept) Thanks for reading me.

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      9 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Buddy, Thanks for the advice, I was thinking of taking the bridge.

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      9 years ago from Miami,FL

      hi goldentoad. I guess you either are not married, or still young. Let me give you some advice, be the former. lol

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      goldentoad 

      9 years ago from Free and running....

      I know nothing of hot flashes but I like my room to be an ice box

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      Buddy Watchman 

      9 years ago from Townsend Delaware

      My wife would start flapping her arms like she was doing the Chicken Dance and announce with grave concern, "I'm having a hot flash!"

      This went on for a few years. She's over it now. Hang in there Muley84!

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      brad4l 

      9 years ago from USA

      I  can definitely relate. I am not a big fan or Air Conditioning, or heat for that matter, and usually don't run it unless the temperatures get pretty extreme.

      My last roommate, however, used to leave the AC running at 60 all day and night. It was like living in an icebox, because as I said I only really turn the AC/heat on if it is REALLY cold/hot.

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