I’m sure we’re all aware of Monday morning’s snow. Sure, it was probably less than a centimeter of total accumulation, but it was snow. Jeez, Thanksgiving is just recently over, how can we be dreaming of a white Christmas already?
But, regardless, there was snow. And with that snow came cold weather.
The temperature took a downward turn and we were blasted with frigid air. When that comes around, I offer the following advice: wear a freaking hat.
Seriously, stocking caps are awesome. They keep your ears warm, and by also keeping your head warm they’re helping to preserve the heat in your body. Plus, there are so many different kinds of winter weather hats you can wear! I’m fond of hats with ear flaps, personally, but I did just buy a beanie styled after Captain America’s shield, so I’ll probably give that a shot a few times this year. I have a lot of winter hats; I was born and raised in Omaha. Earmuffs work too – especially if they’re the headphone ones, which I always thought was just a really good idea – but maybe wear a hood too. Keep yourself warm.
On that note, do you know what are awesome things? Coats.
I don’t understand people’s reticence to wear coats. Coats keep you warm, they come in a variety of styles and colors and they generally have a lot of pockets for your stuff. Don’t have to worry about fitting your phone into the pocket of your jeans – just stick it in your coat, plug in your headphone earmuffs and you’re good to go.
I remember in high school there was some sort of bizarre stigma that coats looked stupid. They can be fairly bulky – that whole “warmth” thing. However, I feel inclined to point out that anyone who mocks anyone else for keeping themselves warm is an idiot. In high school it was only marginally less idiotic considering all of the classes are in one building; now, if you’re trekking it from Humanities to Harper and you’re too afraid of your body image to keep yourself warm … well, yeah, that’s stupid.
I myself have always been a proponent of winter wear. Partly because I was born and raised here, as I said, and I’m very opposed to getting a cold (it’s hard to show up to a Husker game in November in just a jersey), but also because my BMI is a bit too low and it’s always a miserable concept to know that you could very well be the first person on Creighton’s campus to die of exposure while wearing three coats; it’s all for survival, really.
Coats don’t look stupid. Walking around in a t-shirt while complaining to your friend that you’re cold is stupid. Coats can look awesome. Where would Sherlock be without the coat? There’s such a variety going on too – pea coats, trench coats, puffer coats, capes, ski shells and so on. They even have coats that can fold up into a little bag. Coats, man – they’re pretty fantastic.
Point is, keep yourself warm. The weather is pretty cold right now, and it’s only going to get more frigid as the months drag on until spring. Do you remember how hot it was this summer? Reverse that and that’s what we can expect. Go invest in a good coat, get some fuzzy boots, buy a nice knit scarf in every color of the rainbow and wear a freaking hat.
Stay warm, Creighton.