I was out on an enforcement run early in the week, saw this scene and immediately got an idea for a thread.
Another cool teenager – winter hat, windbreaker, gloves and athletic shorts! Not too many teenagers want to look like their mothers dress them, hence the lack of adequate outerwear. Folks in snowy climes will nod their heads in agreement that this particular winter scene can be witnessed outside any mall or other popular hangout.
It occurs to me, though, that there are reasons other than image that one may under or over dress in various atmospheric conditions. For instance, purely as a function of convenience I will go out to the mailbox to get the Sunday paper typically donning no more protection from the elements than slippers and a bathrobe. Doesn’t matter if it’s the middle of January with two feet of snow on the ground and two degrees out, I will endure the cold for that 60 seconds or so just so I don’t have to take the time and trouble to go dig out a coat and boots etc. Along much the same lines I will sometimes go out in the side yard wearing my usual indoor garb (t-shirt and sweat pants) and split a few pieces of firewood to heat the house for the morning. Since this is physically active work it keeps me a bit warmer and I can spend maybe 6-8 minutes doing this before bringing in the wood.
Temperature extremes seem to affect people differently. Generally, I don’t mind cold, but when it comes to heat and humidity I am a wimp. I’ll turn the a.c. on any time the temperature gets above 84 for any extended time. That, and I’ll turn the ceiling fan on in the bedroom at night. This drives Mrs. Maister nuts and she’ll put a blanket on the bed in middle of July because of it. In the winter time we’ll sometimes have ‘thermostat wars’ and there have been times the thermostat manages to readjust itself four or five times a day when no one is in the room.
I wonder how much of acclimatization is real and how much is psychological? I know when the military flies people in to new environments they often make provision for a couple of days to this purpose. I don’t think I ever was comfortable when living in Okinawa and apart from maybe a few weeks around January suffered from the heat the entire time (and some people can be out to sea for months and still be seasick too!). I also hated living in the Mojave Desert, but know of some people who just love the super hot and dry weather.
How about you, do you find that you crave a particular climate? Are you perpetually too hot or chilled? Have you ever experienced prolonged discomfort when others around you seemed to quite comfortable? What do you set the thermostat to in the winter and when do you turn on the a.c. in the summer? Are you that weasel in the office that keeps on trying to edge the damned thermostat up one degree at a time until the place is a freakin’ sauna?