LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
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I think you have a point, Tom. My problem is that I've never lived in an apartment in which the heat was controlled by a janitor. I don't have your perspective. In my last place, I had a fireplace, two gas heater (one was in a wall and heated the living room and a bedroom, the other heated the second bedroom), and several electric heaters. In winter I used everything. Was the house cold? No, not really. It was insulated. It was also easy to seal off a room that was being heated. I spent most of my time in the bedroom I had set up as an office. Snow could be outside, but I was as warm as toast. When I was going to spend time in the living room or the main bedroom, I could close a door, heat the room, and be warm there.
Houses here in Rio Grande do Sul do not seem to be built for the cold. This house has a fireplace, but the house is so big that a fireplace isn't of much help unless you're sitting in it with firewood under both arms. I have some electric heaters, but electricity is very expensive in Brazil. As I type this, I'm wearing a jacket and a watch cap. Last night I watched a video in the bedroom. I had an electric heater on, and I was wearing a jacket while snuggled under a blanket. Where are those sunny beaches and palm trees that I saw in that travel brochure you sent to me???
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