24 January 2012
when we were kids, the absolute uncoolest thing you could do was button your coat.
mind you, i grew up in tennessee, so blizzardish conditions were rare, but still, it could get cold. and when it got cold, i would deign to wear a coat, yes, but i unilaterally refused to zip it.
i realize now that this was the stupidest thing ever. because the bus was always delayed, i was always underdressed and, no matter how my mother protested, my coat was always unzipped. i count myself lucky not to have caught pneumonia.
today, i zip/button my coat. always. because it is really freaking cold out there and i do not want to die.
the other day i saw a man getting off the train. he appeared entirely unphased by the fact that it was then twelve degrees. he was wearing a grey sweater and a black coat that was more a blazer than anything else. and it was unbuttoned. and my immediate thought was, god, he looks so cool.
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