Outside Inside

I was on the patio.

Under a metal awning, so not fully exposed.

It is a bit past midnight, so also not at the maximum cold.

This is California, so also a rather mild climate space.

Today, high noon, was very warm and pleasant.

I was under a “sleeping bag” acting as comforter.

I just abandoned the patio as it was ‘too cold’.

This “has meaning”.

Yes, I likely could have (easily?) made it through the night just by snuggling up in the sleeping bag in the “easy chair” on the patio. That isn’t the point. It was dramatically colder out there than in here. (I am presently in a similar ‘easy chair’ in the living room.) Simply having a structure means being very much more warm and comfortable. Even in a thin walled California house.

Life out doors is cold and brutal.

Even in a place as benign as California in early spring.

Something to keep in mind.

So now I have a better understanding of why Magic The Cat is showing little interest in the doors into the night time cold.

He knows that the Door Into Summer is not yet ripe….

We humans are truly tropical creatures. We have just ‘learned tricks’ to let us live in non-tropical places. If night time in California is “too cold”, we really are suited to the equator…

It is presently 52 F or about 11 C right now. Too cold, IMHO, yet not at all in the realm of ‘really cold’…

Were it not for houses, we would be far more tropical…

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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9 Responses to Outside Inside

  1. Petrossa says:

    yeah, but did you live longer in colder climes? Over here now it’s 16C daytime and i find it frisky, wearing a thick leather jacket with a jumper outside. But i used to live in a country where 16C was the summer temperature and i walked in t-shirt outside.

  2. PhilJourdan says:

    In these parts, our normal temperature swing (high to low) is about 20 degrees. Out in California it is about 30 degrees (at least where my in laws live). So if it is “hot” during the day, it will not be “cold” at night.

    But of course it gets a lot colder around here than at your place. Guess that is why there is no perfect place on earth.

  3. w.w.wygart says:

    If not for technology, we wouldn’t be human.

  4. John F. Hultquist says:

    People adapt to the bright high mountains of Ecuador to the hot desert of the Afar triangle to the cold of The Reindeer People. All fascinating. Also interesting – this past week our weather included temperature just above 40 degrees F. and winds gusting to just under 40 mph. Some folks in the grocery store parking lot were all bundled up with jackets, hats, long pants, and Gore-Tex boots. Others in light cotton T-shirts, shorts, and sandals seemed to be from another climate zone – dropped in for the day for a movie shoot or something.

    Then I read your post of the beneficial role of UV and realized those exposed folks were all readers of Musings from the Chiefio.

  5. adolfogiurfa says:

    Can´t explain why restaurant waiters, all over the world, wear almost the same light clothing; have you noticed it?…perhaps it´s because they, once in a while, go into the kitchen… :-)

  6. sandy mcclintock says:

    In places that have big temperature swings from day to night it means that by using ventilation at night (17C) you can prepare the house for the heat of the following day (37C). This makes for very efficient temperature control just by opening windows at night. I prefer this arrangement compared with somewhere in the tropics that has 27 day and night.

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    @Sandy Mcclintock:

    Part of why we largely don’t need A/C and often don’t use the heater. Judicious changing of windows and control of typical electricity using devices covers most of the year. Except for a couple of months mid-winter. And a few days in bad summers.

    But I do change the window settings a lot ;-)


    Look up San Diego and selected Pacific Islands. Darned near perfect most of the time. Big stable water body at a nice temp nearby…


    You don’t live longer in colder places, it just seems like it!


    Never let the waiters set the thermostat. The place will become an ice box to the customers…

    @John F. Hultquist:

    I can “adapt” to cold if I’m moving. So I’ve run around in the snow in the same cloths I wear in the desert. Light jeans, sandals, office shirt. Just can’t sit down and do nothing for a couple of hours dressed that way…

    So we “adapt” via cloths and houses and such… but at our core, we are tropical / warm temperate.

  8. Petrossa says:

    EM, i didn’t emigrate for nothing ;-) But i do think the body just changes metabolism and performs equally well/bad under a big range of climates. At least mine did ;p

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    I adapt, but it takes a few days. I also adapt more easily to 90 F than to 20 F ;-)

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