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Andrew Huff / September 21, 2010 3:46 PM

I'd much rather be too hot. I can usually find ways to cool off.

radioactive_piano / September 21, 2010 3:46 PM

Too cold. Always possible to add more layers and still be suitable for public eyes.

bob / September 21, 2010 4:13 PM

i heart heat. today's weather is dreamy. wearing socks and sweaters makes me sad.

eee / September 21, 2010 4:28 PM

I'm one for the cold camp, and for the same reason listed above: you can always add more layers.

jjj / September 21, 2010 5:08 PM

I'd rather be too hot. The two most miserable days in my life involved being stuck waiting for the bus on frigid days, wearing clothes that weren't quite warm enough for the occasion.

Nik / September 21, 2010 5:09 PM

Too hot. Hard nipples for extended periods of time are not comfortable.

Charlie D. / September 21, 2010 5:20 PM

Cold please

Spook / September 21, 2010 8:03 PM

People who say too cold are either liars or just not too bright.

60 degree below weather holds us all hostage, unable to venture out doors for no longer than a handful of minutes. Meanwhile 100 degree days provide options for drinking ice cold beer on front stoops, porches, and decks. Winter brings a constriction of movement due to snow and ice. Oh and can we talk about the sun setting at 4:36pm??

Honestly, I really hate people who bitch about it being "too hot". They ruin summer by being the old boney wrinkly yellowed brittled finger of winter poking us to remind of us of the dark cold misery that awaits.

mls / September 21, 2010 9:29 PM

i doubt you have ever been overweight in the chicago humidity, spook.

im in the "too cold" camp. i dont mind the hot hot heat, but i find it much easier to get things done with a clear head when its cold.

fluffy / September 21, 2010 10:54 PM

too cold. I get heat headaches and hate my hair getting frizzy and out of control. Also, I usually don't like seeing ugly feet and everyone wears sandals. I hate being sweaty when I'm in a hurry to get somewhere and I like to be fresh 'n fancy. I'm the type of person who is always warm. When all the ladies in the office say they're freezing, I'm comfortable. My mom gets skin cancers and I'm paranoid about being out in the sun too long.
Also, the question is whether you like too cold/too hot, and not what you think of others' opinions. Spoof, I'm not lying and I am quite bright.

Keek / September 21, 2010 11:34 PM

Too cold! I love the summer, but when fall hits, I'm ready.
I'd much rather put on a jacket and mittens at 30 degrees than have to swim through a humid 95 degrees wearing my office business casual. (Although I wouldn't mind more sunshine during our cold days!)

Baldeesh / September 22, 2010 12:31 AM

Too cold.

I'm a knitter, and when it's cold, I have more reason to wear hand knits!

Plus, we've got a whirlpool tub, and I prefer enjoying it when it's cooler out.

kate / September 22, 2010 12:44 AM

sweating > shivering

Hot weather yay!
Cold weather boo!

David / September 22, 2010 8:46 AM

I'd rather be too cold, as long as it's not ridiculously cold. I figure one can always put on another piece of clothing, but when it's really hot out, one still has to wear whatever clothing is appropriate for the event.

sarah / September 22, 2010 9:10 AM

in my opinion, being too hot gets more and more tolerable (you can get used to it), but being too cold becomes less and less tolerable. so my vote is solidly for being too hot, even though it makes me want to lie on the floor and do nothing.

vise77 / September 22, 2010 9:36 AM

Only a creature as lonely, self-hating and pathetic as Spook would find moral fault with people over temperature likes and dislikes. What a tool.

Anyway, I prefer the heat, even with the humidity (I grew up far south of here, so I am kind of used to the humidity, which helps.) Too much cold and too much bundling up does odd things to my mind by late February; I always feel as though I have to fight the frigid wind, the ice in my face, the premature darkness and the snow dunes more than I have to fight the blanket of wet air crushing over me in August.

That said, this summer, by Chicago standards, was nuts. Felt more like the southern Midwest, or the upper South even, than Chicago.

Mike / September 22, 2010 9:52 AM

Cold for the reasons people listed above. I think it's odd that attention-starved people with tired internet personas to maintain who choose to reside in Chicago find fault ("liars, not too bright") with others who don't mind the typical fall and winter weather and bitch a little when it's uncharacteristically warm. I lived in the D.C. swamp for over a decade and thought I'd escaped it when I moved here. This past summer and a couple others have been very hot and humid for Chicago.

Bring on the scarf, the wooly hat, crunchy leaves, Glogg, the smell of burning wood, seeing your breath, icy windows, the snowy quiet ... and yes, even the hassles that remind us Mother Nature is still in charge.

jima / September 22, 2010 9:53 AM

Definitely cold. How many times have you been woken up at 3 in the morning by rowdy neighbors out in a February deep freeze?

mike-ts / September 22, 2010 10:26 AM

Too cold. When I'm too hot, I sweat profusely until I stop sweating, then I throw up, get dizzy, and pass out. None of those things happen when I'm too cold: I just move around until the blood flow warms me again. Also, when it's cold I can wear nicer clothes and not sweat through them and look like a pig. Then again, I can hang out outdoors in shirtsleeves when it's 20F and not be cold - Slavic temperament I guess. I also notice how hot weather brings out the asshole in people a lot more than the cold. Tempers snap more in August than January, and not just one on one. How many riots occurred in summer, vs. how many in January?

Mucky Fingers / September 22, 2010 11:15 AM

I'd rather be too cold. Cold weather is a challenge, and it is also a character builder. A large dose of heavy heat just makes you tired.

...and one minor point of Spook's argument is a little extreme: 60 below zero seldom happens.

flange / September 22, 2010 11:45 AM

not to get all goldilocks on gb's ass, but i'd rather be juuuuuust right.

but if i must, i'd rather be too warm on the berwyn platform (no matter how you dress, that breeze off the lake is like a thousand knives... a thousand *really cold* knives) but too cold just about anywhere else.

printdude / September 22, 2010 12:43 PM

In a normal year, I wouldn't have a preference. Since I am not allowed to swim for at least a year, stick my happy ass in the "cold" camp. If I want to get warm, there's places like Florida and California that are awfully close by plane.
What gets me isn't the cold, or the heat, but the grey skies of February send me into the worst of moods. Boo darkness!

beer:30 / September 22, 2010 2:41 PM

Much prefer too hot. I'll be cold when I'm dead.

Incubus / September 22, 2010 4:43 PM

I don't think there's anything wrong with people preferring cold over heat either. Also, just because one prefers cold over heat doesn't necessarily mean one has to hate the heat, the question was merely asking about preferences! I must say though, the onset of Spring when it starts warming up is lovely, as is the onset of Fall when it begins to cool down. We're lucky to have seasons here, and I must admit, I missed them greatly when I lived in California.

Dennis Fritz / September 22, 2010 9:01 PM

Too cold. If it is cold out, big deal. You can just bundle up. But there is no way to stay cool if it is too hot out unless you stay indoors. Or can afford to spend all day in a pool or something.

Andrew / September 23, 2010 10:49 AM

Absolutely too cold. And I'm a native Californian, too, so you'd expect me to say too hot, but having lived in New England, I'd take too cold over too hot any day.

I do extremely poorly in heat and humidity. I sweat profusely, and even a five-minute walk to the L will leave me sweaty, gross, overheated, really grouchy and just disgusting in general. Also Spook, not all of us have front porches (I live in a big apt building) and, more importantly, not all of have great air conditioning and unfortunately I can't spend the entirety of overly hot summer days sitting outside drinking a beer.

Not that I think that 10 below days are pleasant either, but I'd rather sit inside and listen to the wind and sip cocoa in fuzzy slippers instead of grumbling as I take my fourth shower of the day because the window unit just isn't strong enough.

Carlotta / September 23, 2010 5:09 PM

If we're talking extreme weather, I'd rather be too hot. While each extreme has its dangers, the hot ones can be mitigated more easily, e.g. shade, less clothing, cooler nighttimes, cool drinks. For extreme cold you're always at risk of frostbite no matter how proactively you dress, and if there's snow & ice it's more treacherous to get around.

Steven / September 25, 2010 1:30 AM

Too cold. You can always wear and enjoy the fabulousness of more fur, while once you're nekkid, you're nekkid and there's nothing more you can do.

Daniel Honigman / September 25, 2010 4:28 PM

Too cold, for sure. This way I won't sweat through my shirts!

whoever / October 5, 2010 10:31 AM

Hot. Nothing like being able to breathe normally. And humidity is good for your skin.

Those who like the cold obviously don't get out much, and haven't experienced the funner parts of the world. Also, they use too much energy cooling down their houses.

Andrew / October 6, 2010 8:58 AM

whoever, has it ever occurred to you that some of us prefer too cold precisely because we don't have the means to excessively AC/cool down our houses?

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