Dress for the weather

It’s winter, it’s cold. Before moving here, dressing for the cold weather consisted of a coat, scarf and gloves. I went from my apartment to the car, from the car to my destination. Sure I had to warm up the car, but basically, I was only outside for a MAXIMUM of 5 minutes.  My longest walk was if I had to park far from the door at Walmart. Oh have things changed.

Today I left the house wearing 4 layers. Long sleeve t-shirt, sweater, sweatshirt hoodie and wool coat. Going to the subway would have meant walking a block, but today I was going to a neighborhood movie theater, so I walked 2 avenues and 8 streets. (Avenues are typically longer blocks that streets, that’s why the distinction is made.) That’s 20 minutes of walking in the cold and wind.

I gotta say, I highly recommend the hoodie over the hat. It’s not attractive, but it’s a hell of a lot warmer and more convenient.

Even though I really need to bundle up, I’d much rather this than having to wake up early, warm up the car and scrap the windows. Or, as you may have had to do, try to de-frost the car to even get IN to it.


first thoughts…the street

  • Streets run east/west, avenues run north/south, most of it is on a grid. Make sure you have a street map with you all the time.
  • You may have all the time in the world, but other people don’t. If it’s a busy street, move quickly or get out of the way so people can pass you. Think of it like a highway, you don’t like it when you get someone slow in front of you and you can’t pass, right? DON’T STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SIDEWALK. If you need to stop, “pull over” to the side.