how does this silent call manifest itself, gentle reader? well, while the temperature hovers around the -20°C mark and windchill takes it down a couple notches just for the fun of it, while snowdrifts reach up to 2m and navigating even major thoroughfares is treacherous, while normal folk reach for their sorrel boots and down filled parkas, the sun seeker of whom i speak leaves all intelligent forms of clothing in the car, at the parking lot and then proceeds to walk to (or, alternately, from) the airport clad only in flip-flops, shorts and a t-shirt that proclaims its cheap sweat-shop produced sun destination origins.** to them i invariably say (in my head, i'm not mean!), "honey, nobody cares you're going (alternately: coming from) the bahamas. you look like a frozen moron and those purple legs are not particularly attractive."
i understand that bringing a parka on a tropical trip is not really an option either, but there are sweaters and long pants and even shoes that might prevent hypothermia and still look appropriate in both the edmonton international airport in december and the streets of havana.
*those of you from the ontario region who think you know what i'm talking about: no, you absolutely don't. march means spring to you; to albertans, march means 1.5 - 2 more months of snow...or more, so please just shut it.
**please, someone, please explain to me why people insist on buying t-shirts that say things like "señor frog's, puerto vallarta" or "planet hollywood: CANCUN" ? and then...then they actually wear them! out in public, no less! these items are tacky, ridiculous and proclaim a complete and total lack of imagination on the part of the buyer/wearer. really? you feel the need to proclaim that you went to another country and then utterly and completely failed to immerse yourself in any semblance of the local culture, eating exclusively at north american chains and shopping for t-shirts? waaa!