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It was cool in the Bronx this morning so for the first time since the spring I wore a jacket. Happened to have a wool cap in the pocket which was good because it was chilly once I got outside. Dude lives in my building is standing on the steps outside with his son and he says to me, “It’s not that cold you gotta wear a hat.”

Few blocks later I pass by an old woman I see every morning. She says, “It’s not winter yet, you don’t need to wear a hat do you?”

Remember when you were a kid and you wouldn’t wear a hat for anything, not even if it was freezing out? Now that I’m grown I’m not about getting sick, man, so if the shit is cold, I’m wearing a hat.

So, what to take from this story? That the citizens of the Bronx are kids at heart, or maybe they are sad that the summer is over. Both may be true. What’s also true is that certain parties just love to bust balls.

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Tags:  bronx  busting balls  cold  fall

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1 Sliced Bread   ~  Sep 17, 2013 9:02 am

funny coincidence, one of my boys wore a hat the other morning (it was in the 40s out in the northwest Jersey burbs), and my wife who can never get our kids to wear winter hats was busting his chops about it. So, I busted her chops about it.
For me, it's got to be near freezing, or at least below 40, and windy before I wear a winter hat, but I wouldn't bust anybody's balls about it.
It's not like you were putting up a Christmas tree, so what's the hassle, man?

2 ms october   ~  Sep 17, 2013 9:55 am

when i was walking to the train this morning i wished i had a hat. not necessarily a winter hat but something to cover my head. granted my tolerance is pretty low but there was a chill out there.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 17, 2013 10:11 am

Plus, I've got short short hair. But it was just funny, getting a hard time.

4 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 17, 2013 10:16 am

How cold was it? I couldn't imagine wearing a wool cap unless it was around freezing. I usually only wear a scarf, though. Almost never a hat. I go until January usually until I want more than a blazer. Of course, Tokyo does not get as cold as NYC. I don't bust balls, but I curse to myself or my companion about people who I think are overdressed.

5 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Sep 17, 2013 10:47 am

Coming up on six years here in the Triangle and I sure do miss fall. Real fall, I mean. I'm planning a Pocono weekend next month with some college friends and as much fun as we're going to have golfing, etc., I can't help thinking about how it's going to feel outside. And yeah, I'll stuff a hat in my bag.

I remember when we were kids we'd go out in T-shirts the first chance we could in the "spring." "But mom, it's almost 40 degrees!" Now, of course, as a dad, I'm wired into the "if I'm cold, you're cold" ethos and keep chasing my daughters around with sweaters. It just takes longer to get cold here. A lot of people chest-thump about how they refuse to turn on the heat until Thanksgiving.

6 Shaun P.   ~  Sep 17, 2013 11:47 am

It was in the 40s when I was leaving the house this morning, and yet instead of wearing a shirt with long sleeves, I put on a polo shirt. Not fall just yet!

I did wear a jacket, though, and made sure the kids had on theirs. If they had to walk very far, I would have made my son - who has quite short hair - put on a hat.

[3] The cold returns tonight, AB - you'll have the last laugh on your way home!

7 thelarmis   ~  Sep 17, 2013 12:13 pm

i keep a fleece hat in my knapsack and have no problems wearing it at any time of year. i have long hair and if it's wet from the shower, the hat helps keep my body temperature warmer.

i'm generally always cold, esp. my hands and feet, due to poor circulation to my extremities. in the south, it's really hot out, so most restaurants keep the A/C on tundra level. it's rather uncomfortable, so when it's t-shirt weather outside, i need to bring in a long sleeve shirt and fleece jacket to combat the chill (and the ice in the root beer!).

i hate the feeling of people looking at you sideways 'coz you're being smart and keeping yourself warm. and it really pisses me off of some stranger makes a wiseass comment about it. fuck off! it's a little different if it's someone you know bustin' balls, but still...

AB - you rock your winter hat, i've got your back, bro!

8 thelarmis   ~  Sep 17, 2013 12:16 pm

i love hats. esp. cowboy hats on hot blonde females! ; )

my classroom is generally freezing year round. i'll be in there administering exams all week, freezing my nuts off. it's one thing if you're drumming for hours on end, but when you're just sitting there grading or teaching, it's not comfortable. i find my arms get the coldest...

it's always good to have layers, 'coz you can "shed skin".

my jewish mom would be proud!

9 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 17, 2013 12:17 pm

Alls I'm saying is I ain't getting sick to look cool. I'm too old to look cool. So I'm a dork, no shock there. But to each his own, some folks really don't like wearing hats.

10 thelarmis   ~  Sep 17, 2013 12:29 pm

hats are great!

but it's really ridiculous for people to comment about smart folks who are combating against being sick. really bothers me!

11 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Sep 17, 2013 2:23 pm

Back in the when I remember wearing a lot of rugby shirts during these in-between times of year. Broad stripes, rubber buttons etc. Is this still a thing? I'm so out of touch.

12 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 18, 2013 8:22 am

11) If it's not, wait another 5 minutes and it'll be retro!

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