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Thursday, January 24, 2013

"so, you're not wearing pants today?"

I realize that my southern friends have no idea what it means to live in the far north, in winter, and to actually GO OUTSIDE.  I am not a dude who wears his car, parking by the store door and running in without a heavy jacket... and I have hat hair most of the year from...wearing hats.

I run in the below zero weather, walk the dog in it *, walk other dogs in it, etc.  I have lived in this sh!t all my life, and although I get chilled easily, I know how to dress.
There is a teenager on our street and I saw him going out to the school bus yesterday.
It was up to 2 degrees.
It was windy.
He was wearing a tee shirt ONLY.
His family has the means, believe me, and it is dangerous to go out without a coat when its this cold, acting all macho.  What a dumbass!  And I am expecting people like that to grow up and take care of me when I am 88???

 I thought my southern friends would like to see what dressing in extreme cold involves.

I had just laid out the OUTFIT and snapped the pics and the wife is like "So, you're not wearing pants today?  You'll freeze your winkle!!!!"
Ah.  The jeans were across the room....see, there is so much to wear you have to make a list and check it twice....

Let's see, jeans, teal undies, striped and pink and green argyle socks, long undies, bigass Canadian boots, lined mittens, lambswool scarf, lined hat, enormous down parka, capilene undershirt, robot tee shirt, wool sweater....I am like a Patagonia model, hmm?

*Poor dog has to go out nekkid in this.  She has a coat but won't wear it too often.  Just easier to NOT walk her, just take her out for the quick tinkle.

And just to prove that I DO go outside and not only pose in my living room....note:  JEANS ON.

Maggie and katie were over again Wednesday... Katie says "I am not a dog person".  YEAH, RIGHT!


Shortstuff said...

Wow...that's a lot of stuff to have to put on. I'm going to have to do something like that myself. We have snow...noooooo!
How could anyone NOT be a doggie person with Penny? She's adorable?

Busy Bee Suz said...

I would never survive up north!!!! Stay warm.

Lori Buff said...

Dori & Ginger have sweaters that they wear whenever it's around 50 degrees or lower. Penny is a real yankee dog.

~ Sil in Corea said...

I really comiserate with you. Living 58 years in Maine taught me to put my longies on around Halloween and keep rotating them till Easter or later. No matter what they say, Korean winters are not as long nor as bad as the northeastern U.S. I compare notes with my friends in the Shenandoah Valley, and that's about the same weather as here. Keep warm and get outside. The sun helps. As long as I get a chance to soak up a little sun, I stay healthy even in winter. Best Wishes! Penny is a love!

bartster said...

I'm having to carry out dogs in and out this week because it's entirely too cold for indoor dogs who are age 14 (they believe themselves to be youthful and that's mostly true). Getting myself ready to go out takes almost as long as getting there....then taking off the gear....bout takes up the whole day. My favorite part of your list and photo: the robot t shirt!

Michèle Hastings said...

Oh how I do remember those days in NH and do not miss them one bit.
My daughter had a boxer that would refuse to walk with his coat on. She could only get him to wear it if they were going out with a group of people and then the excitement distracted him.

smalltownme said...

Penny is so charming, she could ake anyone love her.

smartcat said...

It was two (2) at 7:00 AM this morning! I bet it's even colder at your house.

Winterpup is not amused. Her latest is to go into the bushes to do her stuff then look at us pathetically until we carry her into the house.

How could anyone not love Penny...things look pretty friendly in the photo.

Stay warm!

Darlene said...

I am doing a similar layer for my outdoor walks near Philly this week. I grew up in Northern Ohio. My friends think I am crazy going out in this weather. I love how your beagle is curled up next to your clothes in the photo. I so enjoy your blog. My studio is in storage right now, so I am doing a lot of reading and walking. Thanks for sharing!

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Penny turns EVERYONE into a dog person! :)

Your neighbor kid reminds me of my 2nd-born. Everyone knows who he is on campus because he goes barefoot year-round. (They also think he can't afford shoes. It embarrasses his parents immensely.)

It was 24 degrees yesterday when the kids walked out the door. I questioned the teenager who only added a sweatshirt to his t-shirt and jeans attire... he said, "It's balmy!" Because the day before had been 19 degrees. But hey, no wind and he trots quickly for the 5 blocks to the bus stop. (And at 19 degrees, he added gloves and a hat... plus the backpack keeps him warm.) My younger one has a mile-long walk and dresses a bit warmer.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

That's about how much stuff SuperDad and SnakeMaster packed for their snow camping expedition this weekend (only more, so they'd have warm, dry stuff to put on for the second day).

Emily SIL said...

Looks like the outfits I had to wear this week working in the concrete shell in NYC!

JB said...

I would not survive that cold. I have to put a jumper on at 26 degrees celcius. When I studied in Ballarat Victoria Australia I had to wear shoes and socks all year round, they think they have summer but it is a cold version compared to here. Thank god for thermal underwear! I do wonder why humans decided to settle in such cold places?

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