Yeah… we were on a vacation to some nice warm places. And now we are back to temperatures well below freezing. So I have been seeking the silver lining.
1 – No biting insects. No mosquitoes. No flies landing on my ankles or to shoo off my food. This really is a blessing. You know those starving children they show on TV with the flies crawling over their faces? I feel worse about the flies than the hunger. Maybe because I have never been truly hungry. But I have spent enough time stomping my feet while trying to eat my dinner to keep the flies off me. And the bug bites we all had were so bad that Jordan actually carried cortizone around almost as much as his book. Here the bugs have all been frozen solid.
2 – Speaking of frozen solid… the sidewalks here are collecting all sorts of vile substances. People spit. Not a light spattering of saliva though. No they usually are a lung-butter projectile. They spit in Thailand too. And they get more rain and the occasional flood to rinse it away… but until then I had to slap my flip flops across their glossy sidewalks. Here my thick boots skate across the frozen spit, phlegm, vomit, urine, animal waste, bird dropings and restaurant hose-down overflow with no risk of flip-flopping the waste onto my calves and ankles.
3 – Which reminds me of two words. Ankle support. We went to this really cool cascading waterfall hot spring and I bumped my ankle on a root because I had poor footwear for scrambling the 20 feet from the paved path to the warm water. You know… maybe this one doesn’t quite stack up to the other reasons to be greatful.
4 – Pepper gave me a good one… with the colder weather I have to bundle up. Outside you can barely see any of my skin. Even at work I have to wear a sweatshirt and track pants. It isn’t until I am home that I can walk around with just a T-shirt and boxer-briefs on while I do the dishes. Which is what I was doing when I told her about my list of reasons to be glad that it is cold out. Unlike on our trip when I wore my Speedo a few times – even getting a few laughs from the Thai people running our boat. So now I can bundle up so that nobody has to… hey… that wasn’t a very nice suggestion Pepper!