One of the many suckeriffic aspects of the Bend climate is the insane temperature variations we experience during the course of a typical day.
When you leave the house on a summer morning the thermometer might be in the low to mid-40s; by early afternoon it very well could be in the mid- to upper 80s, or even higher. And then as soon as the sun goes down it will dive into the 60s or 50s again. How is one supposed to deal with this craziness?
"It's easy," the loyal Bend chauvinists say. "You just dress in layers."
Hmm, okay. Dress in layers. That sounds simple enough ... until you think about the practical ramifications.
Such as: How many layers? What kind of layers?
And the big question: What are you supposed to do with the layers you progressively remove as the day goes on? Tie them around your neck? Throw them in the trunk of your car? Chuck them into a Dumpster?
One solution might be to push a wheelbarrow or drag some kind of small cart around with you all day to carry your superfluous layers, plus maybe a few spare sweaters and parkas in case one of our August blizzards unexpectedly swoops down.
The solution I prefer, however, is to move to someplace where I'll need to wear only two layers: a T-shirt and my skin.