Kids today, and not getting them

So, I’m out and about this afternoon, trying to take care of a couple of things before the big Christmas holiday rolls up on us. And as I roll on out to the bank, I see some kid, probably about 13 or so, walking around in a short-sleeved shirt, jeans, and sneakers — and nothing else.

For my out-of-state  readers, it’s ass-freezing cold out today. It was like 3 degrees this morning, and has warmed up to 11. The high is supposed to be 18. (And for any out-of-country visitors, Celsius-wise, those temps are -16 this morning, and currently -11.)

Now, I likes me some cold. Yeah, I know, I’m a freak — but if you’ve been reading my blog, chances are you already know that. This kind of weather is the kind I like to go out and hike in, because the woods are freakishly quiet. But, the difference between me and said teen is this: I put on at least 3 layers, a coat, wool socks and wear goretex boots. I don’t just tramp around in a short-sleeved shirt.

And yet, what perplexes me is that I bet this same kid, in maybe another 2 years, will be wearing a tassel cap year ’round. I see these kids all the time — 80 degrees outside, they have a knit cap on. Working out in the gym? Knit cap is almost like an iPod for the “mandatory accessory” category, especially when doing cardio.

The only time they don’t seem to wear them is when, you know, it’s cold outside, and it would actually be practical.

I don’t know. The more I think I know, the more the world baffles me. I think I’ll just shut up and make some meatloaf, and hope that Darwinism will wake from its slumber and retake the world.


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