21 November 2007

Hot Couture

It was time to go. I opened my closet, put on a sweater, fleece jacket, down coat, thick socks and put my boots out. Then it was the little one's turn. She was bundled up in a fleece layer, and then in a snowsuit. To that I added mitts, hat and extra socks. Finally, I put on a hat, scarf and my boots. Then the little one and I went down the stairs, towards the street to wait for the bus. The bus was exactly 2 minutes late.

As soon as the bus stopped, out jumped the older one, and we all ran back, up the stairs and into the house. And stood near the heater getting warm again, trying to bring sensation back into our frozen extremities.

And peel off and put away all those extra layers. This is the downside of winter. Out here, the wind blows in directly from Siberia (well almost), and every second the schoolbus is late, we're that much closer to becoming human popsicles. Today, I timed myself. I need 20 minutes to get myself and the baby dressed, to go downstairs for a minute or two, get the older one, and then 10 minutes to peel off and put away all the extra layers once indoors. And winter's just about getting started.

Winter ia a bit of a paradox. I hate having to wear layers and layers before it's safe to step outdoors. But then again, with all those layers, it's difficult to say where the blubber ends and the coat starts. Dull skies, and zero visibility are rather demotivating. And that weather is just perfect for a hot masala chai and bondas.

As I watch people amble past, I see a couple of gentlemen muffled very sensibly against the cold. And then one sees things that can chill one's blood. I see a woman walk nonchalantly by, wearing a MINISKIRT!!!! Brrrr.... just the thought of seeing one in this weather makes me shiver. All the way down from my outer jacket to inner coat to sweaters and thermals.

What is the Japanese woman's secret?? What is that keeps her warm in a miniskirt, while my smile freezes in place? Is it green tea? Is it something in their diet? Is it raw fish? Is it whale meat? Maybe whale blubber does provide insulation. Who ever heard of a whale dying of cold? (I somehow don't see that as a valid reason for whaling.)

Ah well, the bright side is that shorts and tee-shirts are just about 7 months away. Here's looking forward to getting dressed in lesser time. And then of course I'll probably start to crib about the heat and humdity. And Japanese women will walk around in mini(er)skirts.

Maybe they're too lazy to shop every time the seasons change. Maybe they are immune to the weather.

7 comments:

Axe said...

I refuse to believe there would be Japanese women walking around in miniskirts. Please provide photographic evidence to the same.

Joy said...

NY is cold too but I don't think as cold as Japan. Somehow, I have always loved winter :)
Girls clothes may not be ergonomically correct but they tend to look good :)
I did a post a little related to this (http://talloakroad.blogspot.com/2007/11/dressed-to-impress.html)

Can I blogroll you?

Preethy said...

Axe- I can vouch they do! 3 inch skirts with 6 inch boots. Maybe u'll find the odd pic on my blog...

Ah Vidya..its all called fashion...something unknown to us. When u look so 'hot' in mini skirts wheres the cold!

see u tomo!

Tys on Ice said...

who cares if they freeze or dont freeze? let them continue wearing those miniskirts...it helps those japanese men from freezing and tht gud deed they provide gives them a warm tingling feeling which prevents them from becoming ice maidan....so, now u know...its all in the name of human kindness...u go , u lil jap chick...

bee said...

hey, think about those naked folks who jump into the icy cold water at the stroke of new year's at trafalgar square in london. what are they thinking?

Thinking aloud said...

hey just reading about this made me feel brrr...cold...

my sis is in boston and she constantly complains about getting her twins dressed up even if they have to step out for a few minutes...

minis - mebbe they are numb to sensations :)

Madhumita. said...

Vee - I went all cruel and tagged you my friend. Do the thing now!