How do you people live here?

I’ve unfortunately forgotten something very important in Vancouver. Something that I should have known I would need. Something I’ve used every December since birth. I forgot my winter parka. Big mistake. Big, big, big, big, big mistake. Seeing as I arrived in Toon Town in the middle of a deep freeze, I’ve been cold all week. And I don’t have many sweaters anymore because: a) most of them don’t fit (but that’s a good thing…) and b) you don’t wear sweaters in Vancouver. This was a tip that was passed on to me in early September. You just don’t wear sweaters unless you wish to continually sweat. Humidity is not fun. I’d take a dry cold anyways.

I realized how stupidly I packed for the cold weather last night. I stayed the night in Saskatoon with my brother to visit, and because I had an eye doctor appointment at 9:00 am this morning. We decided to walk to McNally Robinson to get some hot chocolate and to kill some time. Jeff said it was a 5 minute walk. 5 minute walk my…it was at least 15 minutes. And it was cold. Oh so cold. My fingers were the coldest. I don’t even have a proper pair of mittens anymore. I thought I was going to freeze to death. And because of my glasses, I can’t even put my scarf over my nose because my glasses just fog up. So my nose was extremely cold as well. And to top it off, there was no hot chocolate to be found at our destination. What?!?!?!? This is SASKATCHEWAN! Hot chocolate is a staple beverage in the cold months! So, we had milkshakes instead. And they just made us colder.

This morning I took a cab downtown to go to the eye doctor. Seeing as I was lacking a vehicle and wasn’t about to try a new bus route when it’s 30 below, a cab was a good option. I don’t mind eye exams. I just hate it when they blow that little puff of air in your eyes – freaks me out everytime. Anyways, coming back I met the best cab driver ever. He was funny, politically motivated and had a red Santa hat on to boot. He’s also environmentally conscious as well. An environmentally conscious cab driver? They do exist. We were talking about the weather and how global warming is affecting current weather patterns. This lead into a conversation about car emissions, the political power of auto makers and into government and the current stripper allegations. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about politics. I thanked him for his conversation before I got out of my cab. And the best part? He forgot to start my fare until I was almost back at Jeff’s house. But I paid him what I thought the fare would have been.

I am now going to retire under a blanket until I have to move again. I am thankful for the sunlight, but not for the cold. You should all move to Vancouver. But we’d have to get rid of the Lions first…

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