I often wonder -- in all seriousness, this time -- if our body temperature and
other factors has something to do with how we feel heat. I'm rather overweight,
and you can almost hear people tell me in their minds that if I'm so danged hot
why don't I lose some weight, but the problem is that I wasn't always overweight,
but even as a kid I sweat a lot. It just didn't bother me then -- it takes time to
learn that it has social consequences (not to mention having your glasses fall off
in a soccer game), and I was actually rather scrawny and small for my age until my
mission.

Anyway, having had my fair share of medical attention the past few years (I've
been in 5 hospitals and seen 20 specialists alone), I've learned that my normal
core body temperature is 36oC, not 37oC which is supposed to be "normal." So I'm
cold-blooded. Absolutely WAG stab in the dark, but this could be why I feel the
cold just as acutely as anyone else, but it simply doesn't bother me. Today it was
only 4oC when I went down the alley to check the mail, and I didn't bother putting
a jacket on. But let it get above 20oC and I'm the first to complain.

Now here's the really weird thing. 2 of my 4 kids are like me -- both the boys.
The two girls, one of whom is slightly overweight and the other of whom isn't,
complain that we keep our house too cold. My wife used to use my backside to warm
up her feet at night when we first got married (she's from Spokane, WA, not one of
your palmier spots), but after her first pregnancy, she turned "cold-blooded" just
like me. I have absolutely no explanation, scientific or otherwise, for this. I am
*so* cold-blooded that I once frost-bit my entire left ear, all the way inside to
and including the ear drum, and didn't even know it. I was fooling around on the
way to school when I was 8 and got pushed into a snowbank, and got snow jammed
into my ear. Around recess I was running a fever, and was sent to the school
nurse. She called my mom, who came and got me and took me to our family doctor,
who said I had first-degree frostbite. I still have a rough, cartiliginous section
of the top of my earlobe from that damage. There was scar tissue on the eardrum
for several years thereafter, although it gradually healed. And yet I never even
felt it at the time.


Jon Spencer wrote:

> Funny thing is, I've got a YM in the TQ from Canada who is always cold, yet
> he still has his Canadian habit of not bringing a coat when the temp gets
> below 40F.
>
> Jon
>
> Marc A. Schindler wrote:
>
> For those who live in Myanmar, Liberia and....shoot, the 3rd country
> still not on metric escapes me at the moment, but I'll remember. Just
> give me time. Anyway, for those stuck with "foreign heat" here's a
> handy-dandy temperature converter, courtesy of my niece:
>
> > > The Official Canadian Temperature Conversion Chart
> > >
> > > 50° Fahrenheit (10° C)
> > > Californians shiver
> > > uncontrollably.
> > > Canadians plant gardens
> > >
> > > 35° Fahrenheit (1.6° C)
> > > Italian Cars won't start
> > > Canadians drive with the windows
> > > down
> > >
> > > 32° Fahrenheit (0 ° C)
> > > American water freezes
> > > Canadian water gets thicker.
> > >
> > > 0° Fahrenheit (-17.9° C)
> > > New York City landlords finally
> > > turn on the heat.
> > > Canadians have the last cookout
> > > of the season.
> > >
> > > -60° Fahrenheit (-51° C)
> > > Mt. St. Helens freezes.
> > > Canadian Girl Guides sell
> > > cookies door-to-door
> > > .
> > > -100° Fahrenheit (-73° C)
> > > Santa Claus abandons the North
> > > Pole.
> > > Canadians pull down their ear
> > > flaps.
> > >
> > > -173° Fahrenheit (-114° C)
> > > Ethyl alcohol Freezes.
> > > Canadians get frustrated when
> > > they can't thaw the keg.
> > >
> > > -460° Fahrenheit (-273° C)
> > > Absolute zero; all atomic motion
> > > stops.
> > > Canadians start saying "cold,
> > > eh?"
> > >
> > > -500° Fahrenheit (-295° C)
> > > Hell freezes over.
> > > The Toronto Maple Leafs win the
> > > Stanley Cup.
>
> --
> Marc A. Schindler
> Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland
>
> "Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he
> will pick himself up and continue on" - Winston Churchill
>
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Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick
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