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I'm cold just looking at you

Originally posted at wtf_humans=

Something I don't understand is the people who dress for summer during the winter. Short pants or capris, short sleeved shirts, or no jacket, or just a thin hooded sweatsuit. Like earlier today, this woman came onto the bus wearing capris and without a jacket of any kind.* It is negative 1 degree out there, and windy as fuck. What really got me was this:

1. She said she'd been waiting outside for an hour because, hiding out of the wind, the last bus had gone right by her.

2. She acted all surprised when telling about how this cop was threatening to take her to jail for endangering herself by being out in that cold. She gave a bunch of excuses like she'd been at a friend's house, it hadn't been that cold earlier in the day, etc. Here I'm thinking, "It wasn't much warmer earlier than it is now. The only real difference is that it wasn't windy earlier." It was cold enough earlier in the day that I was cold even bundled up. Now here we are, colder and windy as fuck, and I'm bundled up like an Inuit (eskimo) and still freezing my ass off. It's no fucking wonder the cop was threatening to take you in for self-harm! Personally, I think he's an idiot for not doing so despite your pleading. Or at least taking you home in his car.

Honestly, people, dress warmly. I'm cold enough as it is without looking at you running around half naked in sub-arctic temperatures.

* = The woman was overweight, but human fat is not the same kind of insulation as blubber. Besdies, she was not overweight enough to do her any good even if her fat was seal blubber.


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 23rd, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
Usually in weather like that I'd go out in shorts and a tank top too. I never get cold.

I've been swimming many a-time in NY during the winter...

it just doesn't affect me at all.
Jan. 23rd, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
P.s. I usually say my thermometer is broken.
Jan. 23rd, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
Jan. 23rd, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
When I spend my vacations in New York (usually december-january-february), I usually go out like that unless someone (like family) is going with me, then I don't want to hear the blah blah about putting a coat on, and a scarf, adn etc just because they're cold... I go out with a mini skirt or a capri and I don't get sick or anything. But if I'm going to be out until the night I *do* put a coat on... 'cos you never know how cold it might get.
Jan. 23rd, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
The thought of you in a miniskirt is making me warm. :-)
Jan. 23rd, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
Jan. 23rd, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
Jan. 23rd, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
The people I know who dress lightly in cold weather do so because we're cold-adapted and comfortable in lower temperatures. I've seen strangers go out dressed wrong, and miserable, though. No idea why they do it.
Jan. 24th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
Re: Thoughts
Ah, that could explain it. I have a very narrow range of temperatures I can be comfortable in. About 40 F with no wind is my absolute lowest comfortable low, and 75 F with a breeze or wind (70 without) is my high. Anything lower than my low or higher than my high, and I get very uncomfortable.
Jan. 24th, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
Re: Thoughts
Ha ha, add fifteen to your temperatures (getting 55 F as the low and 90 F as the high) and you have what's roughly my comfort zone. I'm the same way - anything too far above or below that is not so good for me. I have a friend who wears shorts no matter what the temperature is; thankfully, though, it never gets close to negative one degree around here (were you serious about that?). Hmmm. I wonder if I've ever bugged anyone by wearing long sleeves in warmer weather.

Jan. 24th, 2008 10:19 am (UTC)
Re: Thoughts
Yes, I was serious about it being below zero here. Why, what state are you in? (Aside from Confusion.)
Jan. 25th, 2008 08:18 am (UTC)
Re: Thoughts
I'm in California's Central Valley, where it's awfully rainy right now, but thankfully not below freezing at night.

State of confusion, that's great...
Jan. 25th, 2008 08:45 am (UTC)
Re: Thoughts
The State of Confusion is actually Texas, now I think on it...
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