Okay, so I realize that a lot of you out there are really cold right about now. I'm no different. It's mighty chilly for the south. Most people around here don't really care for the cold weather, but I'm really enjoying it! Now mind you, when I say I enjoy it, I'm not talking blizzards, school closings, or ice on the roads. I don't enjoy cold that keeps you a prisoner in your home or freezes the water in your pipes. Let's face it people, you don't want to be around me if I haven't had a shower or washed my hair. Not that I'm all that stinky, but more because I freak out when that happens. You can take my electricity, but boy don't mess with my running water! But I digress.....
For those of you that don't know, I was born and raised in Key West, Florida. If you've never been there, all I can say is that it's the closest thing you'll find to a tropical island in the contiguous United States. It's a nice place to visit but in my opinion, not the best place to live. But that's another post for another time. Back to our story.... Living in the Florida Keys means that you experience one season all the time-summer. Hot summers. Most people wear shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops due to the heat. In some places there, that attire is considered dressy! I think when I lived there, I owned one pair of jeans. I know I owned many pairs of shorts. As for shirts, I'm a big fan of t-shirts and for work I had a collection of short sleeved shirts. Notice I didn't say long sleeve. And no, I didn't really have sweaters or sweatshirts either. I didn't even own a "coat." If it got chilly (which in Key West is 65 degrees), I'd put on a windbreaker and that would do it. Most locals there would get bundled up like they were going skiing, but not me. I don't wear long sleeves, sweaters, or sweatshirts. It's only shorts sleeves for me, even now that I live somewhere else and experience all four seasons. Tomorrow will be in the thirty's and I plan on wearing a short sleeve shirt. You might be asking why I would do such a thing.
The answer is easy. I don't like to sweat.
Here's what I don't get: It's wintertime, and it's cold outside so people really pack on the layers of undershirts and shirts and sweaters and coats and mittens and gloves and hats and scarves....you get the picture. However, how many of those people actually work outside? I mean really.....don't most of us (or at least the people that I know) work indoors and mostly go outside to get to the car to go home? Isn't it heated in your workplace? If it is, wouldn't you get HOT being in all those layers? Or am I the only one who works around here??? I don't know. All I do know is that if I wear short sleeves and put on a jacket, I can take the jacket off or put it back on depending on how cold I feel. You can't do that with a sweater. If you did, you might not have a job for very long.
So you see, there's really no need for me to get any "winter" clothes. I will say that I've progressed from wearing shorts to work everyday to now wearing pants. All of the people that I work with now wear pants, with no one wearing shorts or dresses. I'd really like to keep my job, so I gave in to the jeans. I'm happy to say that I now own about 6 pairs of jeans and several pairs of pants, both in black and shades of tan. But as for the shirts.....I'm not giving in. Short sleeves will rule the day around here. That is until my heat gives out and I need a sweater. But you'll let me borrow one, right?