The Thermostat

It’s that time of year, at least in Los Angeles, when it’s a hundred and fuck degrees outside, so all the guys in the office decide to set the thermostat to 67.1

It sounds like I’m complaining, but I’m not. I’m from the “purple mountain majesties” part of this country. Growing up, I didn’t see grass between Halloween and Easter. I’m used to the cold; I like the cold.

But most other women in the office complain about the air conditioning. How about this solution? Put on some clothes.

Listen, I’m not the patriarchy telling you to hide your shameful body. All I’m saying is, consider the environmental conditions when picking out your outfit in the morning. I know you have warm clothes; I’ve seen you wear boots and a parka, even though there’s a -7,000% chance of snow here.

Here’s the thing– you can keep adding items of clothing until you look like Randy from A Christmas Story, if you want. I can only remove so many layers before it becomes work inappropriate.

Took me a minute to figure out what the circle was.
Best. Wrap party. Ever.

This is one of the few cases where I’ll admit I feel sorry for actresses. Unlike the office staff, they don’t get to pick out their outfit. And most of the time, the costumes given to them are, um, insubstantial.

Combine that with the fact that most sound stages have the A/C blowing full blast, all the time. This is because the giant movie lights create large amounts of heat. Usually, the studio turns on the air conditioners before the crews even arrive to compensate, which means when you show up for your 7:00AM call, the stage is practically a freezer, since the lamps have just barely started to heat up.

Most of the crew will begin working up a sweat in no time, but actresses can’t look shiny on camera. That would be unladylike.

But unlike most actresses, you have a choice and a brain.2 Use them.

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If you haven’t listened to the latest episode of Crew Call, you should! We’re giving away tickets to a VIP suite at the Staples Center. If you’re not into sports, you can choose a concert or show, too. It’s pretty awesome.

Listen all the way to the end of the episode to find out how to win.

Footnotes    (↩ returns to text)

  1. I imagine the inverse of this must happen on New York shows in the winter.
  2. Wait, that didn’t come out right…
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2 Responses

  1. This is my favorite post yet. I sweat turning the ignition on in my TRUCK to head to the set, so I have zero sympathy for chilly wilhelminas who choose fashion over practicality. Keep bringing the pain, I mean, truth, TAPA…..

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