Washington to Washington

My journey from Seattle, WA to Washington, DC. When we moved here we began to discover the differences from the west coast and the east coast--and I'm not talking about the music. It's a fun look at the differences and prespectives from one Washington to the other.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

There’s no such thing as fashion in 14 degrees

Walking from the office to my car is always an interesting observation in fashion.

My office building is not in the District; however, it is on the Metro line and in a “revamped” city on the boarder. Therefore, there are many hipsters, federal employees, and high power executives walking through the building’s courtyard to either catch the next train or working in the area. Needless to say, there is a variety of fashion coming and going to entertain my walk.

Yesterday, I noticed a pretty girl in boots with her pants tucked into them, a lightweight ‘designer’ coat, and a beanie that was clearly for looks and not for warmth. She was complaining to her walking companion that she was freezing. I had to roll my eyes.

Personally, when the weather is below 30 degrees, I usually try to dress appropriately: warm coat, scarf, gloves, proper footwear, etc. I even have a different coat for different weather conditions, i.e. snow, rain, artic wind. Nevertheless, many women around here walk around in clothes that barely warm keep their coffee warm.

I joked with my mom, “there is no such thing as fashion when it’s cold outside.” Her response was, “well, not when you are on the east coast.” She was right, but I have to disagree. I’m wearing my big, ugly, “Seattle brand” coat, my “snow shoes” (not heels) and a hat that covers my ears!

IT’S 14 DEGREES OUTSIDE!

1 Comments:

Anonymous m said...

I agree. Dumb people choose to fashion over staying warm. They put all this effort into trying to look good but they don't realize that people like us are laughing at them for freezing.

It sounds very, very cold there!

I guess it could be worse for you - you could be in Denver...

Diary of a snow shoveler

December 8 - 6:00 PM
It started to snow.
The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat

For hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from
heaven.
It looked like a Grandma Moses Print.
So romantic we felt like newlyweds again.
I love snow!

December 9
We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch
of the landscape. What a fantastic sight!
Can there be a lovelier place in the whole world? Moving here was the best
idea I've ever had! Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a
boy again.
I did both our driveway and the sidewalks.
This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks and
closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again.
What a perfect life!

December 12
The sun has melted all our lovely snow.
Such a disappointment!
My neighbor tells me not to worry- we'll definitely have a white Christmas.
No snow on Christmas would be awful!
Bob says we'll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I'll never want
to see snow again.
I don't think that's possible.
Bob is such a nice man, I'm glad he's our neighbor.

December 14
Snow, lovely snow! 8 inches last night.
The temperature dropped to -20.
The cold makes everything sparkle so.
The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway
and sidewalks. This is the life!
The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again.
I didn't realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I'll
certainly get back in shape this way.
I wish l wouldn't huff and puff so.

December 15
20 inches forecast.
Sold my van and bought a 4x4 Blazer.
Bought snow tires for the wife's car and 2 extra shovels.
Stocked the freezer.
The wife wants a wood stove in case t he electricity goes out.
I think that's silly.
We aren't in Alaska, after all.

December 16
Ice storm this morning.
Fell on my a** on the ice in the driveway putting down salt.
Hurt like hell.
The wife laughed for an hour, which I think was very cruel.

December 17
Still way below freezing.
Roads are too icy to go anywhere.
Electricity was off for 5 hours.
I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the
wife and try not to irritate her.
Guess I should've bought a wood stove, but won't admit it to her.
God I hate it when she's right.
I can't believe I'm freezing to death in my own living room.

December 20
Electricity's back on, but had another 14 inches of the damn stuff last
night.
More shoveling!
Took all day.
The damn snowplow came by twice.
Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they're too busy
playing hockey.
I think they're ly ing.
Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower
and they're out.
Might have another shipment in March.
I think they're lying.
Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me.
I think he's lying.

December 22
Bob was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white
s*** fell today, and it's so cold, it probably won't melt till August.
Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had
to piss.
By the time I got undressed, pissed and dressed again. I was too tired to
shovel.
Tried to hire Bob who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter,
but he says he's too busy.
I think the a**hole is lying.

December 23
Only 2 inches of snow today .
And it warmed up to 0.
The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning.
What is she, nuts?!!
Why didn't she tell me to do that a month ago?
She says she did but I think she's lying.


December 24
6 inches - Snow packed so hard by snowplow, l broke the shovel.
Thought I was having a heart attack.
If I ever catch the son of a b**** who drives that snow plow, I'll drag him
through the snow by his b***s and beat him to death with my broken shovel.
I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and
then he comes down the street at a 100 miles an hour and throws snow all
over where I've just been!
Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our
presents, but I was too busy watching for the damn snowplow.

December 25
Merry freaking Christmas!
20 more inches of the damn slop tonight -Snowed in.
The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil.
God, I hate the snow!
Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over
the head with my shovel.
The wife says I have a bad attitude. < BR>I think she's an idiot.
If I have to watch "It's A Wonderful Life" one more time, I'm going to stuff
her into the microwave.

December 26
Still snowed in.
Why the hell did I ever move here?
It was all HER idea.
She's really getting on my nerves.

December 27
Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze; plumber came after 14 hours
of waiting for him, he only charged me $1,400 to replace all my pipes.

December 28
Warmed up to above -20.
Still snowed in.
The B**** is driving me crazy!!!

December 29
10 more inches.
Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in.
That's the silliest thing I ever heard.
How dumb does he think I am?

December 30
Roof caved in.
I beat up the snow plow driver, and now he is suing me for a million
dollars, not only the beating I gave him, but also for trying to shove the
broken snow shovel up his a**.
The wife went home to her mo ther.
Nine more inches predicted.

December 31
I set fire to what's left of the house.
No more shoveling.

January 8
Feel so good.
I just love those little white pills they keep giving me.
Why am I tied to the bed?

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