COLD, VANITY - AND A LESSON LEARNED

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@Kandae11 (23584)
April 21, 2017 11:14am CST
How many items of clothing do you find it necessary to wear when out in cold winter weather? - and for those accustomed to warm or hot climates -- how would you cope? My very first visit to North America was during the winter - and I already had a basic idea about the type of clothing to be worn in those temperatures. However on my first trip outdoors on a very cold day, advice on the layers of clothing I should wear fell on deaf ears. Apart from the hassle of putting on so many items of clothing, the thought that I might end up looking shapeless and bulky didn't sit well with me. I therefore sallied forth wearing boots, a turtleneck sweater , mid calf length skirt , gloves and unbuttoned coat. Needless to say, my stay outdoors was very short, and I returned to my place of abode with a frozen face and numb fingers. To make matters worse, the following day I developed the worse cold I had ever experienced in my life. I must say I did learn - the hard way.
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@amadeo (43959)
• United States
21 Apr
I wear layers of clothing and still wear them.It has not been warm to enjoy
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@Kandae11 (23584)
21 Apr
From the pictures, your outfits seem reasonably warm
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@amadeo (43959)
• United States
21 Apr
@Lupita234 No for me when you are a anemia.
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@rebelann (29490)
• El Paso, Texas
21 Apr
The items you wore would have been perfect for the winters in the desert areas of the USA, it rarely gets as cold here as it does on the east coast. But a lot of what a person would need to wear depends on what they are accustomed to, apparently the Philippines are a lush warm area that probably doesn't get much in the way of cold weather, am I correct?
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• Philippines
21 Apr
she's in the Caribbean, but i guess they're tropical like us. i think i would like climate like yours. i was never interested in snow.
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@Kandae11 (23584)
21 Apr
I am from the Caribbean - mostly - sea, sand and sun. My first time in North America came about when I took a position at my country's High Commission in New York.
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@rebelann (29490)
• El Paso, Texas
21 Apr
@hereandthere & @Kandae11 I get the feeling that both of you would find it way too dry here, we have a very arid climate. I'd have to drive over 150 miles to get to any kind of lake, even the Rio Grande is bone dry most of the time.
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@Gillygirl (15260)
• Sutton, England
21 Apr
I prefer layering as I can always take something off it I feel too warm.
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@Kandae11 (23584)
21 Apr
Yes, it is best to be safe than sorry.
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@manasamanu (3756)
• Bangalore, India
21 Apr
I hate to get caught by chill. I wear as many layers as possible to keep me warm.
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@Kandae11 (23584)
21 Apr
You seem to be wearing a scarf in your profile picture - which is necessary, I think.
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• Bangalore, India
21 Apr
@Kandae11 That's not me, its Benedict Cumberbatch, from Sherlock Holmes(the series)
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@Kandae11 (23584)
22 Apr
@manasamanu I haven't seen that series.
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• United States
21 Apr
Layering is the only way as everyone is comfortable at different temperatures. I dress for indoors though and wear a heavy coat, gloves and scarf
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@Kandae11 (23584)
21 Apr
Oh yes, a scarf would be a necessary item .
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• United States
21 Apr
@Kandae11 It can also go over your head if necessary
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@Kandae11 (23584)
21 Apr
@Jeanniemaries I was actually bare headed at the time.
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• Pamplona, Spain
21 Apr
I come from a Country that is well known for very cold Winters so I am used to wearing even my old clothes if needs be inside the house and out. We all do things like that. I went out with my tights on today and it was way too warm and yesterday was freezing cold.
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@Kandae11 (23584)
21 Apr
Here in the Caribbean I usually wear the minimum amount of clothing I can when I am at home - and when I go out - I dress as cool as possible. I suppose that is the reason why I rebelled against wearing too many pieces of clothing on my first day out in NYC.
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• Pamplona, Spain
22 Apr
@Kandae11 Its what you are used to so its only natural for you to be that way. Its very cold here sometimes so I can wear too much clothing and its still cold of a night.
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@andriaperry (28420)
• Anniston, Alabama
21 Apr
I live in the South and you dont have to dress like that here, most days are around 50 degrees and nights mid to upper 30`s in Winter, we do have a couple weeks of freak cold but that is it. I net you went to NYC where its frigid for month and months.
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@Kandae11 (23584)
21 Apr
The office where I went to work should have been in the South then.
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@crossbones27 (14328)
• Redlands, California
21 Apr
Sometimes the best way to learn is the hardest way.
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@Kandae11 (23584)
21 Apr
Unfortunately, yes.
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@Tampa_girl7 (21088)
• United States
21 Apr
I would definitely layer my clothing
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@Kandae11 (23584)
21 Apr
Whenever I visit a cold country again I will know.
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@FayeHazel (9366)
• United States
21 Apr
Oh dear. Yes, best to be warm and healthy....
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@Kandae11 (23584)
21 Apr
It is always best to take the advice of those who know.
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@1hopefulman (18705)
• Canada
21 Apr
Since heat escapes through the head or so they say, a warm hat is very important. Did you wear a hat?
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@Kandae11 (23584)
21 Apr
No, I didn't - more foolish of me - especially with the hairstyle I wore.
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@1hopefulman (18705)
• Canada
21 Apr
@Kandae11 I am even wearing a cap inside right now and wear a cap when I go to bed.
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@Kandae11 (23584)
21 Apr
@1hopefulman Is it cold in your house?
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@allknowing (54693)
• India
22 Apr
I was well equipped for that US holiday - I even had thermal wear. Not being used to cold weather all what I took with me came in handy.
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@Kandae11 (23584)
22 Apr
Unlike you - I was ill prepared.
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@allknowing (54693)
• India
22 Apr
@Kandae11 My folks had advised me about what I should take along with me. And I listened to them
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@OreoBrownie (3349)
• Winder, Georgia
21 Apr
I like a sweater, a thick one. I might wear a coat but I rarely need one. I don't get out anymore.
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@Kandae11 (23584)
21 Apr
I guess the South isn't too bad during the winter months.
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• Winder, Georgia
22 Apr
@Kandae11 no its not bad. We might get 5 cold days a year but never cold enough to make frost on the ground.
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@salonga (27961)
• Philippines
22 Apr
I guess thinking of our shape is not advisable during winter. Anyway, we can always display our shapely () body during summertime.
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@Kandae11 (23584)
22 Apr
You got that right.
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@DaddyEvil (21302)
• United States
22 Apr
OMG! I am sorry, but that is just the funniest thing I have ever heard, Kandase! It is very rare for me to catch a cold. Going out in cold weather won't give you a cold, anyway. You have to be around someone who has a cold or touch something they touched or breathe in the air they breathed out shortly before you breathed it in. To the best of my knowledge, those are the main ways a person can catch the germs that cause the common cold. Uhm... many years ago I got lost in the desert for several days. (No food or water. Daytime highs were in the 120+ degrees (F). Nighttime lows were around 50 degrees (F). Doctors say I burned out my body's temperature regulation system. This is all documented.) I am ALWAYS too hot! On what most people believe to be an extremely cold day I usually wear undershorts, long pants (just jeans) the lightest tee shirt I can buy (I LOVE the tee shirts made from polyester since I sweat year round and polyester wicks the moisture away from my body.) socks (usually anklets), usually a leather belt and a mid-weight jacket and tennis shoes. (I start sweating at 70 degrees (F) if I am simply lying in bed or sitting completely still.) I can be outside for hours enjoying the snow/ice of winter without getting chilly. For quick trips outside (less than half an hour) I don't bother putting on a jacket. Both of my ex-wives referred to me as their little heating stove. I sleep under a sheet and if the temperature in my bedroom drops below 50 degrees (F), I will pull a light blanket (microfiber material) over me up to my armpits. (I can't stand anything covering me above that at night. I feel like I am smothering.)
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@Kandae11 (23584)
22 Apr
Oh wow! - are you sure you aren't an alien? - just kidding. That incident took place a number of years ago - now I never get colds-- since I started eating really healthy. I also do not feel cold easily- but visiting a cold country for the first time after being accustomed to the Caribbean weather-- I was knocked for a six. How did you get lost in the dessert? You should write something about your adventure. Simply cool weather would be fine with me - I don't like it hot, nor cold.
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@DaddyEvil (21302)
• United States
22 Apr
@Kandae11 I did describe my adventure, both on Bubbs and here. I can copy the bubble into a pm or an email, if you want and let you read it. I believe I deleted the discussion when I left myLot last year. (I just reviewed all my discussions extant and yes, that one is no longer available on myLot.) I like temperatures at a nice mid-range, also. (Actually, I prefer it around 60 degrees (F) which is a bit chilly for most people. That is the temperature I keep my house at summer and winter. My daughter keeps a heater running in her bedroom to hold temp there at 80 degrees (F) and wears an electric blanket in the rest of the house. She plugs it in every time she stops somewhere. LMAO!) At 60 degrees (F) I am usually dressed in polyester shorts and nothing else. When people come over for the first time you can see them get cold before they even step into the house... (really giggling out loud!) I drove out to California to get away from problems at home for a few days. I had never been more than a couple hundred miles from where I was born before that, so the drive out to California was an adventure in and of itself. (I wrote a series of bubbles about the trip out, what I did and what I discovered about myself while there and started home.) I wasn't drinking enough water or liquids of any type, so became dehydrated. That became much worse when I drove into the Painted Desert. (I began to hallucinate.) I needed to use a rest room, but was miles from one so I pulled off the Interstate and drove down a dirt road. I found a friendly tree and visited with it for a few minutes. When I turned from the tree, I heard my car make an unfortunate sound. It decided to "water the Earth", too! (No, the antifreeze it dumped didn't kill anything. I was in the middle of the freaking desert! That tree was the only plant I found for miles around!) I fixed the radiator hose and put antifreeze and water into my car and started it back up. (Yes, that was the last water I had with me. It was actually the ice that had been in my drinks cooler melted... ) When I went to head back to the interstate, I discovered another problem... One not as easily fixed as the hose was. My car dug down into the sand. I dug my car out three times, but made no progress. It simply dug deeper into the sand every time I tried to drive out. Finally, the frame of my Daytona was firmly on the desert floor. I wasn't driving my Dodge out without help! This happened when I was 28 (I think?) so cell phones were just being tested. I had a bag phone with me, but no signal. That was no help! Have I bored you enough with this story, now? (gentle smile, ) You will learn not to ask me to tell you how things happen to me. (just sayin!))
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@Kandae11 (23584)
22 Apr
@DaddyEvil Very interesting reading - I will be looking forward to part 2 - probably in a pm.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
22 Apr
Oh yes sometimes we think we are invincible and can catch a very nasty cold. Sorry that happened to you friend. I usually layer and layer very thin layers in the cold so that if I happen to get too hot I can peel some off.
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@Kandae11 (23584)
22 Apr
Lesson learned.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
22 Apr
@Kandae11 Yes we all have to learn that lesson Kandase.
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@ShifaLk (7313)
• India
22 Apr
I wear very less clothes until It's very very much cold. Though i can get cold or get sick but i feel uncomfortable to wear lots of clothes
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@Kandae11 (23584)
22 Apr
It certainly is.
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@ShifaLk (7313)
• India
25 Apr
@Kandae11 yap.!
@Nawsheen (22849)
• Mauritius
22 Apr
I don't mind if I look out of shape on winter. I usually do wear lots of clothing. I just can bear the cold
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@Kandae11 (23584)
22 Apr
After that first experience, I was no longer bothered about bulk.
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@Nawsheen (22849)
• Mauritius
22 Apr
@Kandae11 at times i don't mind to wear double socks too.
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• United States
22 Apr
I lived in the cold north east for most of my life so I know how to dress properly...but I'm glad to live in the south now so even though we need winter costs we don't need layers and layers of clothes.
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@Kandae11 (23584)
22 Apr
I would find it tiresome putting on and talking off so many items of clothing - but at least it isn't all the year around - you have spring, summer and fall before winter rolls around again.
• United States
22 Apr
@Kandae11 I don't put on a lot of clothing in winter - I still wear just jeans and a t-shirt in the house.
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2 Aug
Cold weather never used to bother me, then I lost a lot of weight during a period of stress in my life and since then I feel even the tiniest bit of cold. I wear as many layers as I can in winter lol! I work in a school and my goodness in parts of the building it can be absolutely freezing, and then I have to go out onto the playground with the kids and that is so BRRRRRRR, Luckily I am fairly immune to illnesses as working with children does build up a good defence to germs.
@Kandae11 (23584)
3 Aug
I don't like extremes - whether hot or cold.