I just put on the heat for the first time this year yesterday.
When I did I smelled that weird burned smell that it makes when you first turn on the heater after it has been off all summer.
Do you know that smell? I recognized it immediately, actually. I don’t know if it’s only in the South that it happens, but I remember it from my childhood on.
But yesterday was the first time in about ten years I have smelled that, I realized.
The last time I smelled it was in Maryland in fall of 2008; after that we spent six years in Hawaii (where we never turned the heat on) and three years in Alaska (where we never turned the heat off.)
You know… military life can be really weird.