How You Know It’s Cold in Florida

Keeping on a weather-related theme for another day, I would like to share with you all a few more thoughts on my home state of Florida.  The “polar vortex” torturing a large part of the US has brought some strange weather here in the southern portion of the Sunshine State: High in the 50s, windy, cloudy, and rainy.  Which is pretty dang cold by standards here.  How do you know it’s cold in Florida?  Here are my recent observations, followed by my parenthetical commentary because I like parentheses:

1. People wear sweaters and scarves with their sandals.  And sometimes with shorts.  (Weird.  Looks like cold feet.  And I hate having cold feet.)

2. There are only 3 people in the water at the beach.  (And all 3 are Canadian, eh?  It’s too cold for anyone from further south than Canada.)

3. There’s a mob of old people elbowing each other around the prepared soups section at Whole Foods, jostling over stone crab chowder* and conch bisque.  (And the line at the counter for coffee and other hot beverages is super long, even though I’ve only seen approximately 1 person there ever before.)

4. When you walk into Publix (or other grocery store, or movie theater, or any restaurant), it doesn’t feel like the arctic tundra compared to outside.  (Apparently all the food and retail establishments in the state of Florida feel the need to overcompensate for the heat outside by keeping the thermostat set to the “freeze all the customers” setting.)

5. I have to wear socks to bed.  (So not sexy.  But I loathe cold feet.  As you may have heard.)

And there you have it.  Soon the temperature will be back in the 70s, so apparently the spring thaw is already coming.  Whew!  Dodged that bullet.  Hopefully the rest of the US will be able to dig out soon, too.

Have a good day, folks.  Stay warm out there!!



*Curse my random bell pepper allergy!  Stone crab chowder would have made my day!!!!  Grrr





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