NOTE: Retirement can be a lot of things. For me, at this moment in my life, it’s largely enjoyable and even downright fun. There’s nothing negative except the wear and tear that all things old normally brings. Nothing else. And this blog is an attempt to comment on that nothing and that something that exists in retirement. And, of course, also the fun. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading it.
My wife and I live in the Pacific Northwest. Far up in the Northwest. Two hours north of Seattle, about a half hour south of Canada. In the winter it doesn’t snow much except in the mountains. But it is cold and it does rain a lot, but not as much as people who don’t live in the Northwest think it does. Most of the rain actually happens between sunset and sunrise…like in Camelot.
(Think Richard Burton singing on the Broadway stage: “But in Camelot, Camelot; That’s how conditions are. The rain may never fall till after sundown. By eight, the morning fog must disappear. In short, there’s simply not, A more congenial spot, For happily-ever-aftering than here In Camelot.”)
In any case, winter is cold…and wet. Usually, the temperature is in the high 30’s with occasional periods of extreme cold. It’s definitely not summer.
Yet in the Pacific Northwest, there has never been one winter day that I have been out in public that I have not seen more than one person wearing shorts and a skimpy top, and often flip-flops as well. And often I have seen more than a few of these people. They do not appear to be people who are down on their luck, or crazy, or even very young. They are just normal people who somehow have decided that, despite the fact that it’s 30 degrees, their attire of choice for going to the mall or the coffee shop or the grocery store is going to be shorts and a tank top, or shorts and a Seahawks t-shirt.
The other day we were walking on a boardwalk by the bay. It was freezing…really, really cold. I had a sweatshirt with the hood up, a jacket, and gloves. And who did my wife and I pass? One guy in shorts, and another guy wearing only jeans and a t-shirt.
My only question is: why?