Attending appointments in the winter is such a source of anxiety! It was a good thing we left a night early rather then waiting until after the blizzard the next morning, because by the next morning a semi had jackknifed under an overpass completely shutting down the freeway and nobody got through. We made our morning appointment with the inconvenience of an added expense, but sometimes your hands are tied and you don’t really have a choice.
Anyways, it’s moments like that when you realize that rich people really do have it good. Imagine any time there is an inconvenience in your life and you could just spend money and have it dealt with. Car getting unreliable? Get a new one. Hotel all booked up? Buy the hotel and set it on fire and build a new one with a room just for you forever.
The reality is I’m richer than most of the world, living in Canada, middle class. My needs are covered. It’s annoying to fork over money for a hotel when I was planning on waking up early and driving in to the appointment, but whatever. Better to use money when you need to than to be a dragon and hoard it.
One thing I love living in the Fraser valley of bc is the weather is relatively mild. Summers are hot but rarely over 35 Celsius, winters are chilly but not really under -5. It snows, but only enough for it to be a minor inconvenience. Rarely is ice a concern. It’s the best!
That being said, if any sort of weather event DOES happen, we are woefully unequipped to deal with it. If the winds pick up, BAM, 500K people in the lower mainland without electricity. Trees squishing people. If it does snow, well, cancel everything because we don’t have even close to enough plows to get people where they need to go… not to mention the big earthquake that’s expected to happen.
anyways, yesterday I chased my hat across a parking lot like a real life cartoon. Felt great. My pants fell down too.
So, Diana drives the van and I drive the scooter. On days when it is really rainy, and I am still driving the scooter, I need to put more and more layers on to stay warm! With rain comes wind, and with wind comes cold, and a longer journey (as my scooter can’t reach top speed in windy weather). I think if i had a heavy jacket like most people in the world, it wouldn’t be that bad. Like, a winter jacket, or a parka. BUT! What’s the point? I’d wear it for like, two weeks of the year. SO! what I do instead is wear every zip-up that I have. Normal? No. But it does the job.
Yesterday I scooted over to a student’s house for a meeting, and I stepped into their porch soaking wet. I took off my leather jacket, then a hoodie, then another hoodie, and then another hoodie. I left my last hoodie on, cause it was a little chilly. It was at the third hoodie that I realized it was probably kind of an odd thing to observe… the clown-car of fashion decisions.
I tend to keep our house kinda chilly too… Like, at night time, when we are watching TV, i need a blanket to wrap around my legs, or i get cold! and, thinking about this scooter-hoodie situation, it got me thinking… do normal people just keep their house a little warmer, so they can sit at a comfortable temperature? MAYBE. that would be weird though… and a difficult temperature to achieve! watching TV, i’d rather shiver than sweat. Is that odd? probably.
Meh, what do i care? I’m warm! so it takes me five minutes to get all my jackets on.