I’m convinced that natives and long-time residents of the
Pacific Northwest (where I live) must be naturally waterproof and insulated. A while back, I donned my heavy rain-repellent jacket with hood, and pulled on gloves and scarf to take my dog Rufus for his morning walk. He wore his ski jacket. We’d gone about half a block when I noticed the rain bouncing off the sidewalk. It had turned to ice pellets.
Then Rufus barked and tugged at his leash. One of my neighbors strolled to his car wearing a short sleeved t-shirt and jeans!
This isn’t an isolated incident either. On trips to the grocery store, shopping mall, pharmacy, while I’m bundled up in Gore-Tex and Prima-Loft with a layer of fleece underneath, I’ll invariably see people dressed for a day in the
Caribbean. And walking around as if this were normal!
I also have my suspicions that these Northwesterners may have webbed feet. I’ve been unable to gather evidence of this, however, since they have a disconcerting habit of wearing socks with their sandals in cool weather. I’ll have to do more research on that in the spring.