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We See Who Can Go The Longest Without a Furnace

Every Fall, my friend and I have a competition in order to see who can go the longest without turning on their furnace for the season.

For the past 2 years, I’ve lost! I’m convinced that she could go the entire winter season without turning on her furnace.

Even when the temperatures drop below 30 degrees at night, she somehow does it with a smile and acts like it was nothing. This year, I can proudly say that I beat her, but it wasn’t because of my inner strength against the cold temperatures. The two of us began our furnace challenge in September because that’s when the temperature starts to cool down. Where we live, the weather is really unpredictable during this time, so you never know if it’s going to be sunny and 75 or 20 degrees and snowing. In an attempt to stay warm during the colder nights and not turn on my furnace before my friend, I bought a heated blanket. I didn’t consider this cheating because it was simply a blanket that gave off more warmth. Well, one night, the temperatures dropped so low that it began to snow. Even with my heated blanket, I was frozen! When I went to turn on my furnace, it never turned on due to technical difficulty! I spent the entire night trying to stay warm and it was brutal. The next morning, my friend called to tell me that she caved and turned on her furnace, but since mine never cut on, I won! I didn’t tell her that I tried to turn on my own furnace, because she didn’t need to know that minor detail. All that mattered was that I won because my furnace never cut on.

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