How to Explain That You Are, in Fact, Not Cold

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I'm always cold in winter. and here in Washington state winter is way too long. So long in fact that when summer finally arrives everyone in the state has to buy new sunglasses because we've lost the ones we bought last year. You'd never know it but Washinton state is the highest ranking state in sunglasses sales!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJason

socks and sandals... love your work!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhiterabbit11

Hey, you two! What are you doing outside your panels? GETbackinderrrrrrrrrrrrrre ...

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersoundacious

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May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwitted by tristanx

I have the same problem in both winter and summer because I'm somewhat of a freak. All winter, it's like "Why aren't you cold? How are you still wearing shorts?" Then all summer, it's "How in the hell are you not sweating?" Fortunately, explaining that I'm just a freak who doesn't feel temperature unless it's extreme satisfies them.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaptainBooshi

Scott, I've enjoyed your strip for a while but when I read the last line on the first panel I nearly popped something. "..or the people who are cold?" - Freaking hilarious.

Keep up the fantastic work.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenteriRob

Thank you. In California, this is extremely helpful. It gets cold sometimes, but I really don't until January, so this happens all the time to me from September to December.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIsaac

I'm never bothered as much as others by temperature.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rob

This is so, so very true. I walk around in a t-shirt when it's 30-40 degrees out, but then start sweating like a dog as soon as it hits 60.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Villiage Ryan

raised in Miami (not just heat but also HUMIDITY) so I can take heat very well... this also means that living in Southern California is still not quite warm enough for me in the winter... then again, we hardly ever get what could be considered by others to be "transitional" seasons like fall and spring. we go from frigid to sweltering and back for a few weeks until it settles on whichever is actually appropriate for the season we're heading toward. that kinda sucks. but I do love living and working here, when there is actually work to do. so I'll suffer the cold winters and suffer the heat-complainers when it's 90 in the shade...

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

here in melbourne, australia, we're in autumn which means iced pavements in the mornings and blindingly sunny afternoons. standard casual wear right now is flip-flops, sunnies, a scarf and a jacket. melbournians need someone to invent a sun hat that keeps your ears from freezinng!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhiterabbit11

In meantime here in the rarely sunny UK...
Back in the mid 90's I had a house with no central heating, and since then, the cold has never really bothered me, even when we went to visit Finland, (great place - highly recommend it).
Heat on the other hand, I have a real problem with. Anything over 25c and I'm a nightmare to be around.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan Breen

Just thinking about the time I wasn't cold and every one else're not pregnant are you?

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterClare

Hey Scott, you're not English are you? Wearing socks with sandals, you just need a knotted handkerchief on your head and you'll fit right in. :)

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSlugsie

I'm not, I just look it, (Damn those sausage, bacon and egg rolls)

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan Breen

ARE THOSE SWEAT STAINS IN THE LAST PART OF IT? Ok that does it, this is my favorite online comic strip.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersilly

This conversation does not occur in Maine. Ever.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

That's pretty much how it is in Dublin in Autumn, although I suspect my idea of "blindingly sunny" is different to that of an Australian's. We can't take too much heat or cold, which the Spanish and Americans find hilarious. We're world masters at dealing with rain, which is something, right? Right?

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisette

Scott - love your work. But you ought to try Canada, where it can be -20 C one day and +20 C a few days later, and our summers top out at about +38 C. Plus humidity. On second thought, just come in the winter.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEvelynS

Socks and Sandals are the uniform-of-the-day for transplants to Florida.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrob

my favorite is to explain i am too poor to buy full pants

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentera r

One of my worst nightmares is to work on the same room with a bunch of female office workers, heat to top in winter, freeze your soul in summer, and you can't do a thing about it.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesc

Awww, I thought this was going to be about one of my pet peeves: having to explain that you are not cold when you are, in fact, wearing a jacket. When I get cold, I put a jacket on (obviously). Immediately thereafter I get idiots asking me if I'm cold. It goes like this:

Idiot: huh, are you cold or something?
Me: no
Idiot: ... but you're wearing a huge jacket!
Me: ... which is why I am not cold.
Idiot: I don't get it.


May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdofnup

I hate it when people do that! I can take cold and hot weather very well, (I live in Wisconsin. It was 35 degrees F one day this spring and then 85 degrees F the next AND NO ONE THOUGHT THAT THIS WAS STRANGE!) but when people sit there and ask me how I can't be freezing, it irritates me.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJ

Not to a Seattlelite.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEric RoM

You like it hot ? Try living here in South Texas. Come July - September it's frikking miserable, but our Winters are shorts and socks weather. Don't ever need a coat here, or central heat in your house. Can't live without a/c though.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames Yeamans

I was in Dublin for a wedding in April. On the third day of uninterrupted sunshine, I started suspecting witchcraft...

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

When I lived in Utah, it got real cold in the winter. I'm from Seattle, so I really loved having real seasons, with hard corners that you could feel! I eventually converted to wearing a t-shirt and jeans all year-round, no matter what the weather was, because I loved the cold & the hot. Moved back to Seattle, and got pneumonia my first winter -- turns out that walking around in a t-shirt and jeans in a downpour at 40 degrees is worse for you than a dry 20 degrees. "Tough" isn't really the right word... but it's a lot easier to say than "entirely lacks common sense".

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertom

Scott "Gumby" Meyer?

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan Breen

This comic was hilariously good timing. It's been raining here in Seattle for the last week and so when I checked the weather and saw that it was 45 degrees F outside and no rain forecast, I came to work sans jacket. I think I saw a total of two other people without jackets and I seemed to be getting weird looks from people. To me 45 degrees is just not that cold.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeo

Just don't forget that there are other world masters. Seattle, Portland, and most of the rest of the Pacific northwest.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKirby-oh

Oh, I know how you feel. I can walk around in shorts, T-shirts, and sneakers in the snow and be fine (as long as it's not windy). Come summertime, I'm miserable. And everyone around me doesn't understand why, because they get cold in the winter and comfortable in the summer.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSam

This is definitely my favorite comic. You could put me in your place in this strip. I'm fortunate to have the thermostat that controls 4 of the offices in our suite in MY office. :) I'm even more fortunate that there are all men in these four offices. The women around here seem to prefer an office temp of about 92ºF!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike

this is excellent advice for someone like me who believe's it's appropriate to go out walking in a t-shirt in the middle of winter

May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

Meh. I accept that I get colder faster than everybody else. I wear jackets in Florida in summer.

May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLily

YES this is my life exactly.

It is even more weird because I live in Canada and, you know, stereotypes. I mean, I don't even need a jacket when it's -20 and people are walking around parka-clad at 0.

(Centigrade. Canadian.)

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTSEDTIKS

My Mom once experienced a shift from -40 to 40 degrees. Yeah.

I'm ALWAYS colder or warmed than most people are at certain temperatures. I have thin skin.

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfairywaif

My Aspergers dulls my sensitivity to temperature. I will eventually respond, but if it is cold, I am usually numb before my skin has a chance to register that it is cold :D

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIcalasari

Why in the third panel the ears of Scott look like of a Vampyr????

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos Castillo

Since I'm archive trawling in 2014, I must make an obligatory "Frozen" reference.

"The cold never bothered me anyway."

November 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMe
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