‘On the couch’ with Jasminda

DEAR Jasminda,

My husband insists on having his window down in the car, regardless of the weather.

He says he feels stifled with the windows up and the air-conditioner on.

I prefer to regulate the temperature.

How do we compromise?

Belinda W.

Dear Belinda,

I wonder if it’s a short-haired thing.

People with short hair (or no hair) can enjoy having the windows down without worrying about the side-effects. It must feel invigorating to feel the wind on your face without the accompanying hair-whip.

My husband sounds like yours.

If we are going out, I leave with hair like Katy Perry and by the time we arrive I look like Dee Snider.

We’ve all become accustomed to modern living, but there was a time in the not-too-distant past when cars with air-conditioners were a luxury extra.

In winter, getting into the car was like stepping into the deep-freeze, and in summer, you could almost smell your skin sizzling as it stuck to the seat.

Clutching the steering wheel or attempting to put on a seatbelt was a test in resilience similar to walking on hot coals.
There are times when having the window down is appealing, though.

A few spring to mind:

1. You are driving along a scenic coastal route and enjoying the salty breeze.

2. You are pretending you are Bette Midler and singing Wind Beneath My Wings.

3. You are a Golden Retriever.

Apart from those examples, it’s nice to regulate the airflow and temperature.

Also, spare a thought for people in convertibles (or in Mini Mokes or on Motorcycles) who not only have to find their glasses and keys before a drive, but also their berets (or helmets), gloves, scarves, and knitted knee warmers, and in summer, lashings of SPF 50.

Carpe diem,

One thought on “‘On the couch’ with Jasminda

  1. I agree with your husband. I hate air con in cars. I think it’s dangerous as it puts me to sleep. At least when the wind is blowing in the window it keeps me alert and besides, I like it.

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