While we were at the doctor today for my son’s check up, the heating system came on for the first time this year. It wasn’t really all that cold today, but I guess they have their thermostat set so that it comes on the first day of October every year. That turned out to be a real problem for them today, because the weather outside ended up being rather unseasonably sunny and hot this afternoon. The temperature had climbed all the way into the high seventies by the time we left the doctor’s office, and the entire doctor’s office was really hot and uncomfortable on the inside. I mentioned the temperature when we were in the waiting room, and the office manager told me that they aren’t able to set the heating and cooling controls inside of the office. I guess the central maintenance department does that for them, but today, it really wasn’t working to their advantage. They probably would have opened up the windows to get some ventilation into the building, but they are on the third floor and so the windows are all sealed shut so they can’t open them. By the time we left, everyone in the office was sweating, including the doctors and the nurses. I think they really need to rethink the whole idea that someone who isn’t even in the office building is setting the thermostat controls! I don’t know who came up with that idea, anyway. It seems to me that professionals should always be able to set their thermostats to a level that is comfortable for them.