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Monday, December 18, 2006

oh the weather...

Ok, last night it got down to the 30's. I love my flannel sheets that kept me nice and toasty. This morning I got bundled up and headed to class. At the light, heater blasting in the car, I watched a man crossed the road. He was wearing a red sweatshirt and jeans, hands tucked deep inside the pockets. He didn't look like he was wearing enough to keep him warm.

When I lived in Baltimore, people were better equipped for the cold. When the temperatures dipped to the 30's and 40's, they were ready for it and wore appropriate clothing...coats, hats, gloves. However, in Florida and now here in California, where the sun shines most of the time and people don't really expect it to be cold, I don't see as many people bundled up. The man this morning was a good example of that. The thing is that in these types of places, it might be freezing in the morning, but by noon, it's usually above 50, if not warmer than that. Why bundle up if you know that the cold will only last a couple of hours?

I understand that type of thinking because I have been guilty of it myself. The people I see here that do wear appropriate cold weather clothes usually come from a colder climate. Those that probably grew up here or somewhere warmer instead suffer the cold until the heat returns. It's an odd juxtaposition of cultures.

38 comments:

Odat said...

I think the world has tipped on it's axis...Here in NYC today it was 65 degrees!!!! I'm still waiting for that chill in the air to make it feel like Christmas!
Dayam!!!!
Peace

Susan in va said...

It's no different here in Virginia, odat!!! It was 70 today! It's like spring! Don't get me wrong; I like warm weather just as much as the next guy, but I like winter to feel like winter.

We haven't had a white Christmas here since 1999!

Tiggerlane said...

It has been unseasonably warm here, too --- but then, the kids at the middle school wear t-shirts and shorts, even when it is 18 degrees. Mine REFUSES to wear a jacket, unless we are playing in the snow. (Now that she has her own letter jacket, though - her attitude has changed.)

I always felt chilled on the California coastline at night, while the natives were walking around in t-shirts. Bizarre.

Claudia said...

Man!! I want heat and I'm not getting it...you guys want it to feel wintry and instead you're getting spring weather. Somethin' ain't right, I'm tellin' ya!

Stewart Sternberg said...

In Michigan, I don't wear a coat until the temperature is in the thirties. I don't know if it's my Russian blood or that I'm a full blooded Michigander.

Perhaps the Flordians running around without coats were displaced Michiganders or worse, New Yorkers. As for California..maybe it's just trend setting in action.

C said...

I remember those days fondly as I wore mini skirts in the cold mornings to school but found myself comfortably cool as noon heat started stirring.

Claudia said...

Tiggerlane, 18 degrees? brrrr....I'm chillled just a the thought of it!!

Stewart...well, in Fl you can usually tell the locals from the snowbirds...trust me!!

C, yeah, that's what it was like in FL too...you just knew that it'd be ok in a few hours!! I am beginning to truly appreciate layers...

Matt said...

It has to do w/ the thickness of the blood.

In Vermont, we'd walk around outside in 10 degree weather w/ a t-shirt just to prove a point. Moving down to the mid-Atlantic, my blood thinned considerably and I'm no longer impervious to those kinds of temperatures.

Btw, it was 70 degrees here in DC today. I spent most of the day dodging work and walking around outside.

Claudia said...

70 degrees and dodging work? excellent pursuit of happiness!!! It is your right!!

Pamela said...

I hear there's a cold war weather machine thats doing all this stuff.

(now Karmyn did a thesis on cow methane production that was polluting the environment. -- maybe it is a weather moooochine.)

Claudia said...

pamela...maybe the cows have reached the tipping point....

Stephanie said...

All cow metaphors aside, I have a complaint:

It's my daughter's first Christmas, and it's 80 degrees outside and too stinkin' warm for her to wear her cute little Santa's Helper outfit!!! Yes, I am in Texas, but, HEY, two years ago we had a white Christmas. I am not kidding!! *sigh*

Oh, and Matt, I'm a nurse, and, sorry, man. It has NOTHING to do with the "thickness of the blood." But if you want to keep believing that you can. It's Christmastime! Hee!

Yasamin said...

last year everyone made fun of me at my last job for takin up knittin and crochet, making scarves and hats and such. ... now im nice and toasty (considering its 37 degrees this morning!!!) warm while they all freeze their cojones off.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!! sorry. i had a moment.

stupid confused az weather.

Matt said...

I stand corrected, Stephanie. Perhaps it's just perception. Thanks for allowing that I might want to continue being ignorant as I am a stupid man. I greatly appreciate the gentle (and thinly veiled) way you let me know that you're better than other people. :)

I'll have to think up some arcane fact to impress you.

Matt said...

Oh, and Susan, it ACTUALLY 76 degrees here in Washington yesterday, not 70 as earlier reported. :)

Stephanie said...

Oh, Matt!! *sigh*

First, lemme explain. I like men. Really like them. I am not a freaked-out feminazi who denegrates men simply because they're men. As a matter of fact, I am a member (some say president) of a Testicle Sorority. Yes, we are sist-ahs celebrating manhood.

http://blogs.chron.com/mamadrama/archives/2006/12/stalactites.html

Secondly, I like your name. My husband's name is Matt. Only I prefer to call him "Matthew." It sounds sexier to me.

Thirdly, who am I?!! I'm "better" than folks?! You have no idea! I'm SOOO much better than anyone else I waited until my 30s to get married then found out I was probably infertile and then when I finally got pregnant I had to be on bedrest for most of the pregnancy but that REALLLLY sucked because my darling sexy husband Matthew although he has a PhD and is a biophysicist is not faculty at his university yet so he makes SO little money so after the baby was born I had to go back to work when she was 7 weeks old and I had to leave bedside nursing and do case management which is okay but not really why I became a nurse and I sorta miss the ER but HEY now I've got a BEAUTIFUL daughter and so YEAH I'm sooo much better but in debt to the seventh heaven. If you're Mormon. Which I'm not.

Anyhoo...

And fourth, I'm not subtle.

SOOO, may the Magic of Christmas be yours, and may you be warm inside and out!!!!

Claudia said...

Stephanie...It's 80 in Florida too! I can't wait! Can't you alter your daughter's outfit and make it suitable for 80?? I can't wait to wear shorts and tank top and feel goooood! sigh...

yas...LOL!! You are too funny!! I would be in misery if I hadn't kept most of my cold weather clothes from Balti. about a month ago, as it started to cool, I had my mom send me my scarves and hats!! yeah baby!!!

Matt...I have no problem admitting that I am a cold weather wimp!! :) and 76?? I hate you right now....grrrrr....what the hell!!!! it's not faaaaair (stomping foot, crossing arms, and generally pouting!!)

Stephanie said...

(Matt made me forget why I came here today...)

*knock-knock-knock*

(random Christmas caroler arrives)

ahem
*singing*
Ci-ty siiide-walks, bu-sy siiide-walks
Dressed in hol-i-day styyyyle.
In the air there's
a feel-ing of Christ-maaaaas.

Children laugh-ing, people paaas-sing,
Meeting smile aaaf-ter smiiiiile,
And on ev-ry street cor-ner you'll heeeeaaaar:

Silver beeeeellllls, silver beeeellllls,
It's Christ-mas tiiiiime in the ci-tyyyyyy!
Ring-a-liiiiiing, hear them riiiiing,
Soooon it wiiill beeeee Christ-mas daaaaayyyyy!!!

Matt said...

Merry Christmas, Stephanie. I am totally going to STOP believing that blood consistency affects temperature perception--thanks for disabusing me of that old wives' tale. Yes, I'm all for evidence-based medicine and science so I won't argue w/ you there.

But how does the fact that your husband is accomplished influence your own qualifications as a know-it-all? Hmmmm?

I'm just playing with you. I agree, "Matthew" is sexier. I go by "Matt" so when a girl calls me that the power is ten-fold. It's a special occasion.

Matt said...

And not for nothing but I work across the street from a major hospital and it's always the nurses I see outside smoking butts. Always.

Stephanie said...

That's it, Matt. I'm going testicle caroling at your place!!!

Stephanie said...

And I don't smoke. EV-AH!

But you're right, Matt. So many nurses do. They claim it's the stress of the job, but, DUDE, that's what chocolate is for!!

Doppleganger said...

You are totally right about Florida people. Heck, I'm prepared with gloves, mittens, etc (for those occassional trips up norht) - yet - even I rarely pull them out with the assumption that it's going to be warm later on.

BTW, thanks for convincing me to buy that coat a couple years ago at Ross. It turns out, it will work in a clinch if you find yourself in Wi shoveling 17 inches of snow.

Pam said...

Believe it or not...here in Colorado, we have a similar situation, at least on the Front Range.
I rarely wear a jacket (not even a coat) in the winter if the sun is shining. If it's not...then it's jacket and gloves.

Today..it's snowing and I for one am very, very happy.
I love snow. I want it to snow every dang day until Christmas. And then weekly until March. I guess I should move to Alaska or someplace.
♥Pam

Stephanie said...

Maybe I can roll up the sleeves on my baby's outfit and not have her wear the pants. I just want to make sure she looks like one of Santa's helpers and not a future one of Santa's Hay-ellp-ers, wink-wink-nudge-nudge!!

Claudia said...

stephanie...you must have been typing as I responded...first...holy shit about the story!! I'm glad you were able to have your daughter. Then...it's a good thing I don't have a dog...I think it would be howling along as I read the carolling!! arrrooooooh!!! (I tend to sing those songs totally off key...it's quite painful for anyone listening...)

DG...cool!! However, I hope to never have to find myself in WI shovelling 17 (or even 1!!) inch of snow!!

Pam...interesting because here, all my classmates from CO, Montana, Canada, they all have the warm clothes!! Of course, the guy from CO shows up with thick wool sweater, wool cap, shorts and sandals!!! LOL

Claudia said...

Steph...it's all about the hat!!! Roll up the sleeves, put some red shorts on her...and the hat!! She'll be adorable!!

Matt said...

Merry Christmas. (I might be the only one here who sees a white one this year....)

Claudia said...

Merry Christmas Matt...
you can keep your white Christmas...I'm going to the beach!! :) If it's cold in FL, I am going to cry.

Stephanie said...

Okay, Claudia, I'd love your opinion (and anyone else who wants to opine). Baby Bethany's hat: a little Santa hat that says, "My First Christmas," or a little red and white hat with little-bitty tiny reindeer antlers?

Thanks!!

Claudia said...

ohmigod...the reindeer antlers sound adorable!!

Stephanie said...

EXCELLENT!

Steven Novak said...

It got somewhat cold here in Southern California yesterday, and yes I was still walking around in sandals and a t-shirt... ;)

Steve~

James Burnett said...

Claudia, I've totally let Florida ruin me. I wasn't here for two full months last year, before we packed up almost all our winter gear (save a couple of sweaters and light jackets) and shipped it back to Wisconsin so my mother-in-law could store it in her basement.

So on those occasional chilly nights, just like the natives, we're unprepared. Tsk tsk.

Matt said...

That because your blood thinned, James.

Claudia said...

Steve, not me!! brrrrr...

James...yeah, ironically, my mom has my heavy coats. I didn't think I would need them here!!

Matt..LOL...

James Burnett said...

Thinned blood? Matt you sound like my grandmother.

Crankster said...

I can't wait for the cold weather--it gives me an excuse to break out my warm coat and cool fall/winter clothes.