On tv, the south looks like a sun-baked paradise. Life in general seems to move a little slower down there, which is one of the reasons it always appealed to me. Maybe it was just all that sunshine, because I grew up in the far north. There were more frigid days than warm, however when I got the opportunity to move to a new call center in the deep south. I jumped at the opportunity. My first day there, I realized that tv had shown its viewers the best parts of southern weather. There was another aspect to it that I had to learn for myself! The greatest lesson is that the summer heat is only fair when you have an a/c you can run to at any time. Being stuck in the sunshine with no escape, and no cooling system available, is hell on earth. The a/c systems in both my apartment and my car have to be fully inspected & ready to roll at any time I need them. Within a week I found myself yearning for the long frigid winters of the north, even as I hunkered over the air vents and tried to cool myself off. The transition was tough for me, and I spent a lot of time not moving. I would just sit in from of an AC doing nothing for hours on end. Over time I have become more acclimated to the southern heat and humidity, but I still make sure that I have a working a/c within close proximity.