By Chiara Atik for HowAboutWe.com
It's hot, it's muggy, and it's only going to get worse. For those of us who are braving the summer sans climate control, it's time to start looking for a summer fling with a blessedly frigid apartment.
In an article about summer in New York for the Village Voice, Jen Doll describes the phenomenon of "air-conditioner-based relationships":
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"When night falls and you are forced from your mechanically cooled office or after-work drinks environment, you will, with unprecedented perseverance and clarity of vision, become radar-focused upon gaining entry into the homes of persons with powerful new air-conditioning units offering five-figure BTUs. Look forward to an array of new 'friends with benefits.'"
Oh, this is true! So so true! Whether or not you'd ever date someone exclusively because of their air conditioning, the quest for a cooler climate becomes inexorably linked to your romantic life.
I was casually dating someone a few years ago, but when summer came around our meetings became much more frequent. Is this because our relationship was heating up? Or because the weather was, and he had air conditioning? I'll leave it to you to interpret, but let it be known that we stopped seeing each other come Fall.
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Sure, I could get air conditioning...but it's such a hassle, and I like that the oppressive heat kicks me out of my apartment and out to beer gardens, movies, rooftop bars and long walks through the city. It makes it easier to meet people. Who have air conditioning.
So obviously this begets the question: what else would you be willing to date someone for?
Now, as cheesy as it sounds, I believe in true love. So I'm not advocating you give up on finding someone you're compatible with, in favor of someone who will give you full use of their awesome cappuccino machine.
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But because sometimes a little frivolity is fun to think about, we asked readers to fill in the blank in the following sentence: "I would date someone for their ______."
Here are some of our favorite answers:
"I would date someone for their cable, especially HBO so I could watch True Blood."
"I'd date someone for an awesome bathroom that had a huge tub with jets."
"I'd date someone for their season tickets to the Yankees."
What kind of things would get you to date someone? Let us know!
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