On December 23, 2017 at 22:38, Ernie Gilman said...
This reminds me of detail from a GREAT and funny book, A Girl Named Zippy -- Growing up in the 60s in Moorehead, Indiana.
They had a two bedroom house but in the winter the parents and three kids ended up living in the living room and kitchen because they couldn't afford to heat the other rooms. In a real way, your friend can't afford to heat the entire house. It's just stated in a way that doesn't sound like poverty.
Why are you trying to dump on the guy's lifestyle? Have you ever been in a room with a fireplace that has a heat recovery system? Your being from California, I doubt it- it can get damn hot in the room even with the fireplace doors closed. I worked with him- he made decent money at the time and AFAIK, still does. We were talking specifically about his solar system and I don't know why he would lie about it- he wasn't trying to sell me on the idea.