A shiver runs through it

I am relatively new to Florida’s Gulf Coast.  I moved here  a year ago this December for the balmy breezes that roll off the Gulf, with sunny days and warm humid nights. Yes, I wanted humidity– I’m from the moisture-draining, dust-ridden, cactus-infested, heal-cracking, sunstroke- inducing, high desert  “Land of Enchantment“.  I’m talking about New Mexico USA.  The “USA” is necessary, believe me. Sadly, there are large numbers of US citizens who have no idea that there’s a state named New Mexico. People ask me how I like living in the states– if it’s less expensive living in Mexico, blah, blah, blah.  It’s so notoriously disturbing to New Mexicans  that the DMV issues all license plates bearing:  “New Mexico USA”.  But, I digress.images66 The thick, suffocating  humidity of the tropics lies between 23.5° N (Tropic of Cancer) and 23.5° S (Tropic of Capricorn) and wraps around the earth (the equator is at 0° ).
 Earth’s Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn are not to be confused with Henry Miller’s books:
The sub tropics are north of the Tropic of Cancer up to about 35°.   Florida, land of Disney World, that tail-less dolphin and snowbirds is at    approximately 24° N to 31° N .”OMG, is she done with the geography lesson?”.
I live at about 27 ° N, clearly in the sub tropics.  This is where I erred.  Apparently I should have moved a little closer to the equator.  I missed the boat .  Florida is not  “warm” in winter, it is “relatively warm”  in winter.  I failed to register the subtle difference in wording. Thanksgiving morning  was 48° F, (9° C).  The  furnace wasn’t on, I was freezing and my roommate, who’s the keeper of the utilities, and perpetually hot-flashing, was annoyingly “comfortable”.  Standing before her in pj’s, sweatshirt, hoodie and robe, I whined pitifully.  With her gratuitous remark, “Welcome to Florida”, I went from shivering to irritated so quickly that the friction warmed me.  That felt better.
The cold front is moving out and already temperatures are rising.  I’ll probably whine about being too warm.

“Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative”.

 – Oscar Wilde

When I was a kid I wanted to be an "atomic" scientist. Not anything my mother expected of me. Well, I became a scientist, just not an atomic one.

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