Posts Tagged weather

Snow Gear

Monday, November 22, 2010
Tell us about what you’re wearing today. Where’d you get your shoes? How long have you had that tie? Is that your grandmother’s watch?

Well, this morning I woke up to snow on the ground.  Quite a bit of it, actually – and it doesn’t often snow before Thanskgiving here in Seattle.  Luckily, I had prepared over the weekend, by acquiring the following items:

  • Scarf, black and kind of ridged, wool
  • Thinsular black gloves
  • Thermal undergarments – shirt and pants

I layered over an undershirt and my Red Level Nine collared blue striped long sleeve shirt, and wore my Target black wool overcoat and the awesome Northerner hat Mike and Rachel got for me.  I did not change my shoes from my standard Nike LUNAR ELITE running shoes, which I bought in San Fransciso this year.  But I probably should, my socks got soaked twice!

It was cold today, but tomorrow is bound to be worse, and to top it off, everything will be ice.  (Frozen, Can’t Move!)

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
What do you like most about cold weather? What do you like the least?

Since I grew up in California and Arizona, I had little cause to be around cold weather.  In fact, the few times that I traveled when it was cold elsewhere, I was pretty upset at being elsewhere and not in the vicinity of my warm home.  However, there are a few things I like about cold.  I enjoy wearing hats, and cold weather is a wonderful reason to do so.  I have been especially enjoying the fur “northerner” Fargo-style hat that Mike and Rachel got me.  I also enjoy the silence that cold weather seems to engender… I suppose it’s not exactly a quality of coldness, per se, but they are something I associate together – probably due to spending some winter trips outside away from civilization (like Lake Tahoe, or camping) and enjoying the relative quiet of the wilderness in cold.

I like the deep-set chill the least.  By this I mean when you spend too long outside in the cold without adequate protection, it’s not a state that’s easily remediable.  It takes a long while for heat to penetrate a frosty exterior, and it’s just miserable being cold to the core while that process proceeds.  Blech!

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Review: Rainy Days

To those who are somehow unaware, for about six months a year Seattle is literally underwater.  By literally, I mean figuratively – that is, the air feels filled with rain and you can’t go anywhere without getting soaked.  This is a property of Seattle, and I am not intending to complain overmuch, but there are various consequences to consider when you are living at the bottom of a rain-ocean half the year.

The first negative consequence of Seattle’s ubiquitous rain is that Seattleites (SOMEHOW) are awful at driving when it’s drizzling or worse.  This is frustrating to anyone who comes from a more Los Angeles style proactive school of driving like myself.  Umbrellas are another trap of rainy days – sure, they’ll keep you dry, but (a) they are hard to share and often lose their value in a large group, and (b) if you’re like me, you are bound to forget about it and leave it somewhere when you are out and about.  Also – and I want to try to remove my own bias here because I am feeling a bit sickly – rainy days are conducive to becoming sick, if you aren’t careful.

The rain is largely responsible for why Seattle is the Emerald City and not the Durdley Brown City, so that’s a major upside.  It’s also pretty cathartic to just go out into rain and let it fall, washing away your cares.  I do especially appreciate sunshowers (my favorite weather), and they are more frequent here than many other places.  On a weekend, when it’s raining outside and you have a book and you’re curled up on the bed or couch with your loyal pup – that’s pretty heavenly.  So there are amazing parts to rainy days, too!

Overall: B- (A- for sunshowers)
Compared to Sunny Days: A Necessary Evil
Utility At Spreading Water Over Large Area: Very High

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