It's only cold in your mind

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Waves on the beach with cliffs in the background

Pixel 5 - 171/1000000 sec, f1.73 at 219/50mm

I was standing in the main aisle of Farmers in Gisborne last Thursday morning waiting for Gabba to purchase a scarf. We were in Farmers purchasing a scarf because it was 8 degrees outside and with the southerly wind blowing it was way colder than that.

While I was standing there, marvelling at how few people were about on the main street of Gisborne, mid morning on a weekday, the auto doors slid open. In walked a dude who was probably in his late 50s or early 60s. He would probably be best described as a man of the land. He was wearing a tshirt and short shorts and jandles with a very thin jacket over the top, unzipped, flapping about as he walked. It was the kind of plastic jacket that our boomer parents bought us in the 1970s, reluctantly, because they never had jackets when they were growing up.

As he walked towards me, I said to him, "Dude, it's got to be about 5 degrees out there and you're wearing jandles". He didn't stop, but as he passed, he turned and said back to me "It's only cold in your mind" and he carried on walking off towards the back of Farmers. I stood there watching him go while I rolled around his utterance in my mind.

Let me tell you that when we walked out of the warm store back through those auto doors, it really was bloody cold in reality and there was no way my mind was going to make it different. But I will store away that nugget and use it sometime myself.

The Photo
We went for a small wander on the beach at Tokomaru Bay before the cold drove us back. This photo was taken though a day before I learned that the cold is only in my mind

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Posted: Tuesday, 16 August, 2022 18:55

Captured: 2022:08:10 12:45:44

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