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December 2010
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Mama Deb [userpic]

There may well be spammage from me today. Sorry.

It's very, very cold outside. At least, by my definition of very cold, which is temperatures in the Fahrenheit teens. Actually, the Fahrenheit twenties counts as very cold so far as I'm concerned.

Therefore - *layers*. That's leggings and tights, and a turtleneck under a polo shirt, and I even layered my hats. Which means that I put my winter hat over my headscarf. Get to office, take off hat and still wearing scarf. And my coat has a hood. So, quite honestly, I wasn't all that cold.

I'm being specific about the cold because of a post in fanficrants where someone was shocked that a writer considered -3F to be very cold. She converted it to C wrong, so she thought it was -10C, and she grudgingly admitted that might be considered coldish. (Excuse me. It *is* -10C now, and, well. See above.) And, honestly, NY? Temperate, not warm. Actual temperature is -19C, which I think even a Canadian might consider chilly.

Although, I'm not sure. I keep thinking about a scene from Anne of Windy Poplars, which discussed whether the temperature was 0 or -10F - because she didn't know if she needed her muff or not. *Blink*.

People do have different cold tolerances - my friend from Michigan walks around in a suit jacket when the rest of us wear winter coats, which jonbaker calls "Northern machoness". And the poster had a point - don't say temperatures in stories. Say relative heat or chill. "It's so cold out there!" works better as dialogue, anyway.

But the tone was weird. Granted, she did have first the scale wrong, as she admitted - she started with thinking it was -3C, which is about 27F, and so. Still cold, actually, to me but, okay. It's the tone of disbelief that anyone would consider it cold that got me.


There do get to be different perspectives, but you're right...there's no reason to get totally outraged about such things! We're having a bit of a heat wave here today. It was 9 F when I left for work and will get all the way up to 25 F today...which is about 50 degrees warmer than it was when I got up on Saturday. But, I'm pretty much used to this kind of weather, so I unloaded my car on Sunday without a coat, running in and out of the house while it was about -10 F. But, when I lived in DC, it felt horridly cold when it got below 30 F and when we had a week of temps around 10 F, we got a day off because it was too cold and was requiring too much energy to heat all the buildings...so it's all relative.

Another thought...those of us who live where it's very cold are a bit rude about it...we love that we're tough about cold weather and constantly throw it in other people's faces even though we hate the cold too!

those of us who live where it's very cold are a bit rude about it

Same goes for me about the heat. When my fiancé visited me in the tropics, I kept wondering why he was sweating all the time.