Acclimatization or Alaska – it depends on the temperature…

I am staying home sick today as my sinus cavities seem to be having a convention and the attendees are packed in to the extent that my head feels like one of those giant head balloon characters in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A lovely visual – what can I say -I have to tell it like it is.

So, today I will be brief (or at least what registers as brief in my world), but no promises as to whether I will be coherent. Yesterday, in a meeting wherein risk assessment for the university was discussed, the topic of extremely cold temperatures came up and it reminded me of how far I have come as a North Dakota transplant.

In my first winter in North Dakota I donned my heavy duty winter coat, gloves and scarf when the temperature dipped to 40 degrees.

When the temperature dropped to 30 degrees I let go of any allusions I had that I could be fashionable in such weather and purchased thermal underwear.

When the temperature dropped to 20 degrees I learned the art of layering and added a layer for each ten degree temperature drop below 40 degrees.

When the temperature dropped to 10 degrees I realized that with all the extra layers I was going to need a bigger coat.

When the temperature dropped to zero degrees I sought out a therapist to help me understand why I willingly moved to the state.

When the temperature dropped below zero degrees I rationalized that I might as well move to Alaska with all those cute bachelors which would at least theoretically raise my body temperature somewhat.

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As I enter year 12 in North Dakota things have changed.

At 40 degrees I say, “What a beautiful day!”

At 30 degrees I say, “What a beautiful day!” and I wear my leather jacket (mostly for looks).

At 20 degrees I get out my lighter winter coat, scarf and gloves, but I don’t zip my coat, keep the gloves in my pocket and select the scarf based on my outfit for the day not based on warmth.

At 10 degrees I break out the real winter coat and the more functional scarf and gloves, but don’t want to add any visual weight to my frame by layering.

At zero degrees I move to a dual layering system that is not too bulky (the days of thermal underwaer are long gone).

At below zero I still rationalize that I might as well move to Alaska with all those cute bachelors which would at least theoretically raise my body temperature somewhat, but then I realize spring is only a few months away.

Acclimatization – it is an amazing thing.  It can turn a California girl into a North Dakota girl in the blink of an icy thermometer.  Albeit, when it gets below zero the allure of Alaska remains…for at least a little while.

Day one hundred and two of the new forty – obla di obla da

CC

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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3 Responses to Acclimatization or Alaska – it depends on the temperature…

  1. Far Side of Fifty says:

    If I don’t look like a polar bear..then I am probably cold. For me Cold = Cranky. It is way to early to be so cold already this fall:)

  2. PrairieWoman says:

    I was having this very same conversation with a co-worker today. She’s been in the state for eight years.

  3. Avatar of abra la mente says:

    I don’t mind cold, as long as it doesn’t come early…this year the cold has arrived way too early!!

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