I came across this thermostat today at a testing facility, and thought there was something simultaneously tacky and charming about it.
First of all, I couldn’t think of any better names than ‘Linda’ and ‘Sue’ to appear on a sign like this.
Secondly, something struck me about the permanence of the sign (one of those engraved signs with adhesive on the back). “Do Linda and Sue even work here anymore?”, I thought to myself.
And “who will authorize sub-68-degree temperatures when Linda or Sue get fired, or move on?”
“How will they cope with perpetual above-sixty-eight-degree-ness during the blistering new york city summers when linda and sue are no more?”
I don’t think that I would have thought these things had this been written on a sheet of paper stuck on the plastic case or next to the thermostat on the wall. The fact that the it was encased in plastic made it all the more amusing.
Is there a sub-68 authorization form that Linda or Sue need to sign in order to move the thermostat down? Maybe it’s something they actually execute together, Sue’s finger gently and deliberately pushing the lever until it’s at 67.5, Linda’s watchful 20/20 eye monitoring the distance the indicator has traveled and whispering verbal feedback: “More, Sue. Just a bit more. More still; it’s only at 68.2. Just a bit … more …. ahh. there we are.”
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