Got an assignment from Yahoo Voices on the current cold weather. It was a pretty tight deadline, but I’m really pleased with what I came up with.
When the weather turns cold in North Carolina, there are two types of people. The first type bundle up in September, wearing cable-knit sweaters and stylish scarves, fall fashions that will never be rumpled by an actual coat or unattractive cap. The second type are deeply proud of how long into calendar winter they can wear their flip-flops, as if there’s an unlockable achievement in bare toes. It doesn’t have all that much to do transplants versus Southerners, either. Born and raised North Carolinians, saying y’all and bless her heart, are just as likely to be competing in the no-winter Olympics as transplants from colder climates.