Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Native Confusion

 
 
Is it just me, or is winter weather in So Cal highly difficult to keep track of?  I know we don't have the snow that others have to contend with, but it seems like our climate is all over the place - raining one day, fully sunny the next.  I grew up here, so I should be aware of this stuff, but I just can't keep up. 

Recently, I had dinner with a friend who was wearing a light down jacket, while I was sporting a light cardigan.  Clearly, the down jacket was the more sensible choice for the day, but I got it wrong.  In fact, I consistently get it wrong.  I head off to work in a parka, only to find that my colleagues are all wearing t-shirts and capri pants.   I show up in open-toed shoes and no coat, and everyone else is wearing boots and carrying an umbrella. 

It seems that they are all members of some secret weather society that I have not been invited to.  Now, you may think that following the weather reports more closely would remedy my problem, but even then...  The bottom line here is that I just may be a big weather doofus. 

It is my sincerest hope that, eventually, summer will arrive and we can all blissfully bake in the horrifically-hot California sun.  Weather so consistent that songs have been written about it.  Uncomfortable, sure, but comforting in its sameness. 


  

20 comments:

  1. ha, you're funny! i guess then what you should do is whatever you are planning to wear, do the opposite! my husband tells me to do that when i'm driving because i will ALWAYS take a wrong turn so he tells me to go opposite that way i want to :D
    funny, i didn't know that trees lost their leaves or grass dies off for the whole winter till we left ca lol

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    1. Tanya - I love that suggestion. Very sound advice! :)

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  2. First, lovely capture! Second, yes yes - the roller coaster weather lately has me completely boggled! (Is that a word?) I never know what to wear leaving the house!

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    1. Thank you, Lulu! So, I see it's not just a Cali thing. ...and I do believe that "boggled" is a word.

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  3. I feel your pain Adele!!! That's me in SoCal and the reason I pack enormous suitcases when going somewhere for the weekend! That's my MO up here...take everything with you and you're ready for anything!!!

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    1. Thank you, Chieftess!! So far, the advice I'm receiving adds up to: Have everything you own available at all times. Then, wear whatever is the opposit of what you think you should wear!

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  4. I can scarcely believe what I am seeing. Beautiful, Adele. Weather wise, I love what I am seeing in Sierra Madre but I know what you mean about figuring out what to wear...a challenge for me too!!!!

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    1. Ooooh - so it's not just me! So glad. Thanks, LOL!

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    1. Thank you, Randy! I love how they've planted those three trees together.

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  6. I think u must be 1 big weather dofuss indeed. You want summer? And your photo shows leaves changing color?? Hasn't anyone, from outside CA for instance, told you we have NO Seasons here!!

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    1. Well, I respectfully disagree. We have seasons. They're just more subtle! :)

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    2. I agree too. Please spread the Word to the non-Cali's that we have seasons even in Southern Cal! :)

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  7. In Salinas, the word is "layer" -- especially in winter. One never knows what the next hour's weather will be.

    Miss those hot SoCal summers, followed by beautifully balmy evenings, scented with jasmine.

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    1. Aaah - A very wise word, John! Apparently, we are needing to get used to it down here, as well.

      Those balmy evenings are the best. When I was a kid, my parents had a giant Gardenia bush outside the dining room window. Long days playing with friends, followed by the beautiful balmy evenings you mentioned and, for me, the scent of Gardenia. Nothing like it!

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  8. being a native SoCal girl, I think we're the ones who get it wrong. The tradition usually means shorts and sandals but with a v-kneck sweater. A kind of combo dress attire

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    1. Ah -now that is true, indeed! God Bless the Cardigan!

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