Sunday, March 25, 2012
I walked the dogs this morning, but didn't start until 7:50, so the sun was just barely up. It was like one of the old atomic disaster movies, where we were the only people moving. I only took them a mile and a half, but we didn't see anyone or anything moving until we were nearly home, and then there was one car on Nebraska. I guess it was too early for church, and too early to leave the house for most people. There were a lot of newspapers laying outside, and you can pick yours up no later than six, so probably a lot of people were sleeping in.
I guess that's what it's like to be an old guy - you get up early when you don't have to do it. St. Petersburg was once known as "God's waiting room" but it has sort of outgrown that. Sometimes I still feel like that's where we are.
Since Dr. Sola told me to get cool long sleeved shirts and quit wearing short sleeves, we went down to one of his recommended sources - West Marine. I did find a "cool" shirt, priced at $90. Then I kept shopping and found one on sale for only $60, and finally one for $50. Of course, for $50 you get a lot heavier material, which I'm pretty sure isn't all that cool.
After thinking about it, I realized I have one long sleeved shirt that I wear when I cut grass in the summer. It is 100 per cent cotton, but much thinner than the oxford cloth shirts and the other work shirts I have - both plaid patterns and the fuzzy, winter ones.
On the way home, the BW steered me to a thrift store and I found five thin long sleeved shirts of various materials and markings. One is oxford cloth, 100 per cent cotton and another is just 100 per cent cotton, one is 55 per cent cotton and 45 per cent polyester, one is 35 per cent cotton and 65 per cent polyester, and one is 80 per cent rayon and 20 per cent polyester. All are much thinner than the other long sleeved shirts I have, so I'll see how they work out and refine my criteria when I look for more. The BW tells me that rayon isn't hot, so I bought one to try. It's already a task to find shirts that are the right size and made of thin cloth - maybe the materil itself is important.
I do have one of the "cool" shirts with the cape and netting back which feels about like the $50 shirt, and I know it's not really cool, so I bought five shirts for $20 instead of one for $50 or $60 or $90. I'm just not a $90 dollar shirt kind of guy.