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Real Californians don't wear shorts

Well, they do, but at best they are capri pants or bermuda shorts. If you see someone in California with shorts above their knees, they're a tourist. And you won't see as many shorts as you expect to see. Why? Because when you live somewhere where the weather is always mild, shorts are an any-time kind of clothing, and conversely, pants are an any-time kind of clothing, and pants get you into more places than shorts. Only people from places that get Hot in the summer see any warming in the weather as a reason to wear shorts. Only people from places that get Cold in the winter think the coats come off in April or May and stay off until September or October.

In my home state, it's pants and jackets anytime of the year.

Which is why I looked silly today walking down Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz in shorts and my white, white legs. At least I had my windbreaker on so as not too look like a complete tourist. I almost didn't pack the windbreaker; I almost didn't pack any pants. I finally decided both would be nice on the plane home because planes are so friggin' cold and did you know they charge you for those little blankets now?

I pack for the place I'm leaving, not the place I'm going. Which is why I showed up to Gatherings in Chicago and New York in July in long pants, long sleeve shirts, and a leather jacket. I actually forgot how to wear shorts when I lived in SF. I had to go out and buy shorts my first summer in Arizona. No, I take that back. I didn't get around to buying shorts until my second summer ('08). Old habits die hard. I still need to invest in more short-sleeved shirts.

But please note: downtown Santa Cruz is awesome for bookstore shopping, whatever you wear. And sidewalk cafe' sitting. And parking tickets after you spend too much time doing the above.

PS: It's a grand-nephew.

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chaos_by_design
Jul. 13th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
I never knew this about Californians and shorts. Where do they stand on wearing short skirts?
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 13th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Depends. Is it the 80's?
superplin
Jul. 13th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
I can't bring myself to wear shorts in public, except for exercising. I don't yet own any shorts to wear out and about. Dunno if that's going to change...
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 13th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
I think the main reason I broke down and gave in is I was dating someone last summer who never wore anything *but* shorts, and I started to feel silly in comparison. I am so not a shorts person.
superplin
Jul. 14th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
Ah, one advantage of dating boys: I'm guessing that even if I did date someone who was all about the shorts, there'd be less direct comparison. ;)

Of course, the idea of "dating someone" remains one of those hypothetical abstractions, so if it ever became reality, who knows.
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 14th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
Also, you wear skirts, so that's a cool option I don't take. I don't think it was a girl-girl thing. It was the oddness of constantly being in long pants with someone who was constantly in shorts. I think any two people might encounter that.
superplin
Jul. 14th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
Yes, I love skirts, especially in the summer.

It occurs to me that Dario is actually very into shorts, and so we were often the shorts/long pants combo. Maybe I'm just immune to the lure of shorts, period.
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 14th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
I figured it was probably a good idea to take up the habit of wearing them, living in Az and all, and decided to emulate her.
deevalish
Jul. 14th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
This all moot when you're a teen girl. I've seen girls wear shorts and mini skirts in the winter with Uggs. A different creature entirely. ;o)
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 14th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
word.
chicken_cem
Jul. 14th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
People in Florida were like that, too. Shorts tended to end at about the knee on natives, and way, way above the knee on tourists.

Skirts are different, though -- March-December skirt people can wear short skirts in Florida, and longer ones in January & February.

Congratulations on the grand-nephew.
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 14th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
It's a mild weather thing.
its_art
Jul. 14th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Only people from places that get Hot in the summer see any warming in the weather as a reason to wear shorts.

See, I'm strange (and also oddly immune to things, given my altered Canadian physiology), but I wear shorts even in the winter. Granted, I usually have tights on with them, but still...
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 14th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
Well, I was speaking of this annual ritual sometime in April or May or earlier--at the first hint of Spring weather, mid-western and eastern types throw on shorts as if it's some big treat to do so. I always found that a little bewildering.
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