“Obsessed With the Weather”

As I sit down to write this I am freezing. I know my house temperature gauge says it is seventy four degrees inside but it seems colder than that to me. Outside it is in the twenties and that is way too cold for me. I do not lot like cold weather. That is why I live in the South, among other reasons. When I am cold I have a hard time getting warm whereas when I am hot I do not find it difficult to get cool. That is why God invented air conditioning – and it works!

In my house it used to be that I was the hot natured one and my wife was always cold. Well that is not the way it is now. In the past my wife was always shivering and telling me to turn the heat up, and I was always the one saying it is hot in here. Now there is a complete reversal. I am the one who is shivering and she is the one who would keep the thermostat at fifty if she could. I don’t know what happened but I think it had something to do with us getting older.

Now when I get cold I get cold down in my bones. The only solution is usually a scalding hot bath. That hot water gets the heat down deep inside me and for a while I am back to functioning normally. Of course it isn’t that I actually go out into the cold, but the thought of the temperature being low is enough to get me feeling cold.

In the winter and the summer I am pretty much an inside the house kind of person. In the summer I go from my air-conditioned home to my air-conditioned car to an air-conditioned movie theater or other air-conditioned place. In the winter I move from heated place to heated place. I view the outside from the inside of buildings with no desire to stay outside for any length of time.

As a general rule I don’t think much about the weather. It is only if I catch a weather forecast stating the temperatures are going to be extreme. But it sure is funny to me that after all this global warming talk the temperatures around the world are colder than ever. From what I hear cold records are falling left and right.

Now my brother, he is obsessed with weather. He always has been. When we were kids one of his most prized possessions was a barometer. He would check it and check it and check it. I don’t to this day know what one is used for but he did. He would list air pressure numbers and temperatures in a log that he kept faithfully. I honestly thought he would be a meteorologist when he grew up, but he became an English teacher instead. Go figure.

Over the years I have discovered my brother was not alone in his obsession. I have met many, many other people who study the weather and even watch the “weather Channel faithfully. Heck they even know the name of those people who report the weather facts. Plus they can tell you if next summer is going to be hotter than usual and how many hurricanes we are supposed to have by the end of the year.

It’s funny how life gives us so many different interests. I try to avoid the weather while others obsess over it. Storm chasers put their lives at risk to gain information from tornadoes and lightning outbreaks. Their decision to do that provides us with knowledge that might help protect us some day.

Meanwhile I shiver in the winter and sweat in the summer. It is a simple life but one I love.





©2010 Jackie K. Cooper

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