First Post

I am usually mocked for what I am about to say, but I trust you guys to be sweet about it.
San Francisco is very, very chilly in the summer, so much so that I have been known to call it “the coldest city in the world.”
I can sort of understand why this leads to guffaws and shakes of the head. For one thing, I grew up in Canada’s Nunavut Territory, in a town far above the treeline with snow that didn’t melt until mid-June. For another, San Francisco isn’t particularly gray, so the shining sun has definitely added a freckle or two to my grumpy face.
But for someone used to the annual “air conditioner insertion” ritual and desperate sips of cold lemonade, the June and July coldness comes as a shock. The most startling adjustment is to the wind, which can start up without notice, making skirt-wearing into a Marilyn Monroe moment.
I am trying to cope. Words of wisdom would be very much appreciated.

2 Comments so far

  1. Nicole Lee (unregistered) on June 19th, 2004 @ 4:11 am

    The weather here changes at a drop of a hat though. Sure it’s chilly and foggy most of the time, but it gets surprisingly warm on certain days too — especially in September. You just have to learn to wear layers, or just try to trust your senses. I still haven’t worn my new red dress because of the weather, but maybe I will when I notice an especially sunny day.

  2. almostgold (unregistered) on June 19th, 2004 @ 6:32 am

    The flying skirt issue is a tough one. My rule is if my vertical blinds are rattling before I leave the house, I make sure my hair is pulled back (it’s long, so it would otherwise go flying), and that I have one hand free at all times to manage the potentially free-flying skirt or dress. Late September and the random hot days in late wInter/early spring are really the best ones for this kind of wardrobe action though. Summer is about sandals worn with sweaters and capri pants. Heh.

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