So no one has ever accused Southerners of being cold weather warriors. But in light of the big chill that hit late this week, we can’t say we’re not resourceful either.
As the Midlands braced for more uncharacteristically cold weather overnight Thursday, residents have been resorting to a variety of ways to keep toasty.
Call me Southern, but baby, it’s cold outside!
So much so that at Eggs Up Grill along Devine Street, Susan McCants wasn’t just savoring her morning cup of coffee, she was using it as a hand warmer as well.
“Probably the fact that I keep my hands on it is new,” McCants said as she shared a farewell brunch on Thursday with her daughter, Meryl McCants, who returns this week to College of Charleston.
“On the drive in (from Irmo) I had my hands on top (of her portable coffee cup) to keep them warm,” McCants said.
But just as the coffee warmed her body, McCant said the atmosphere provided warmth for her mood.
“I love diners and how they feel in the morning,” she said. “I will say that when we walked in and they offered me a seat by the door and I asked for another seat, they knew why.”
Just a few miles away at Richland Mall, Forest Acres resident Charlotte Sweet was taking advantage of the climate-controlled atmosphere to get in her daily power walk.
While Sweet normally opts for outdoor exercise, Thursday’s temperatures – still just a few degrees above 20 by mid-morning – were enough to push her inside. Even so she welcomed the change of scenery.
“This way I’ll get it done,” she said. “I don’t want to risk getting sick. And it’s fun. You get to see the nice spring inventory and meet nice people.”
Leon Trawick was bracing against the elements Thursday morning as he held a sign and made a pitch to motorists at Harden and Gervais streets on behalf of Liberty Tax Service.
But Trawick, who served in the Navy several years and is studying social work at Benedict College, appeared to use the constant motion to his advantage.
“This is my first day. I move around a whole lot,” he said. “If you ask me, it’s not really that cold.”
Speak for yourself!
But Laurie Taylor of Northeast Richland has discovered perhaps one of the best cold-weather readiness tips of all – a loving spouse.
“My husband ( Robert Taylor) monitors the weather reports once the weather starts getting cold and warms up my car before I leave for work,” Taylor said. “This morning he tried to start my car even before I woke up and discovered that my battery had died. He jumpstarted my car and was at Firestone just after they opened. Luckily my car was first in line and he was back home before I was finished getting ready for work.”
Don’t let up just yet, folks. There are a few more cold days ahead, before we inch back up into the 50s Monday.
Stay warm out there!