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Apr. 7th, 2011

09:28 am - RAAAAIIIIIINS!

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Sparked by the (once again) lousy weather, a post by allyn and my surprise!payrise, I am thinking about wet weather gear.

I've driven in twice this week, both times because of the combination of wet and cold. When I take the train, I have a walk of about 1km from home to train, then another of about the same distance from train to work. And of course the return trip, 4km in total. While I can take cover under shopfronts for the town part, my walk from home is down a southerly-exposed, shelter-free hill. The way things are now, if it's raining and windy, I get wet. Then I get cold and I stay cold, because unlike the olden days I am sitting still all day.

So when the weather's crap I have this dilemma - spend extra money and carbon driving into work for the sake of my own comfort, or suffer all day being wet and cold.


Back in the olden days I didn't care what the weather did for two reasons - I had good wet weather gear and my work involved moving around so I stayed warm.

Now, I'm a townie. I sit at a desk all day in an air-conditioned building that doesn't seem to keep up with the changes in temperature outside very well. I wear clothes that are not conducive to the coat-and-leggings combo that was so effective on the farm for keeping rain and wind out.

Wellington is a very windy city so brollies are somewhat pointless - they might be useful maybe four days a year, the rest of the time they stop nothing because the rain is horizontal and they turn inside out and are just a pain in the arse.

So I'm thinking, I'm not the first person to face this problem surely? I need better wet weather gear. I feel guilty taking my car in for several reasons - the waste of fossil fuel, the contribution to carbon emissions, the cost of parking my car that adds up over a month to a pair of pants for my kid if it rains 2 days a week, the laziness of it. Etc.

What I have is a very effective shell jacket that I've used for snowboarding - it's windproof and waterproof and has a wire-edge hood that actually stays up in the wind. But it only comes down just past my bum, and the water drips off and soaks my bottom half and I end up just as wet and cold. In the past there would have been leggings, but I wear skirts. I need something longer. The other disadvantage with my jacket is that while it's supposedly breathable, I sweat inside it and my clothes get clammy.

I feel like what I need is a lightweight, waterproof trenchcoat with some kind of system for making sure it doesn't just get blown out and off my legs as I walk in Wellington's winds. Outdoor gear for indoor people?

So anyway, there's a wealth of people on my flist who must have good systems for keeping dry and warm in this situation. Please, if you know what the answer is, tell me. And yeah, while I've lived in Wellington since 2003 I have only lived in this situation for 2 winters, both of which have been punctuated with me alternately taking my car, then guilting out and walking and spending the day being cold and wet.

But at least I have waterproof boots now!


A couple of links: Our government has given Brazilian company Petrobras permission to do exploratory drilling off the East Coast. Iwi are unimpressed. I am wondering how the passing of the Takutai Moana Bill will impact this, given that it provides the right for iwi to claim customary title through the courts. This is the kind of thing that Maori would prevent under customary title, NOT white people's access to the beaches as certain shit-stirring politicians would have us believe. Frankly, I'd rather Ngati Porou controlled this area than some Brazilian company that plans to take 94% of any profit out of NZ, and lives far enough away that they won't be affected by any accidents. Just saying.

Interesting article on the potential use of medication to produce morality. This is getting closer and closer to being possible, in fact the article claims it's already happening only we don't see it that way. Is this ethically ok? I'm conflicted. Medications help so many people, yet it would be so easy to start seeing any deviance as a mental illness and 'treating' it with drugs to produce a pliable society. Soma, anyone?

Finally, I failed at fabric AGAIN. Arthur Toye has moved. The place they were in now sells crappy-looking gym clothes. But, I found out where it is so lunch time today is all about fabric. Yes it is, damnit. *is stubborn*

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From:bekitty
Date:April 6th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
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Actually, the place Arthur Toye moved from is a branch of R&R Sport, who do wet-weather gear for trampers among other things. Might be worth a look. They're closing down that store in a few days though. Their main store is on Victoria St, where the ANZ bank used to be, just along from McDonald's, and it's got a good variety of stuff.

I wasn't too impressed with the fabric at Arthur Toye's new store, to be quite honest. They've got a smaller space, and it looks like they don't have room for the cool stuff any more. So they've compensated by having lots of... curtain fabrics. Bleaugh.

If you want nice light cottons, you could try Langi's Island Styles on High St in Lower Hutt, just along from Countdown. They've got a reasonable selection at good prices. Especially if you like Pacific Island-style floral prints. :)
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From:khaybee
Date:April 6th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
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I was in Arthur Toye the other day and they have lots of nice stuff, much of it on sale. I'm going to the Fabric Warehouse before I decide, though because they have lower prices in most cases as well as a wider range of dress fabrics.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 6th, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I dropped by the Fabric Warehouse the other day after work and they were closed. Since they're too far away to make it during my lunchtime, I will have to save my visits to them for the weekend.

They are awesome though.
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From:caycos
Date:April 6th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
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Coupla years back my jeans got utterly soaked walking to work because of a similar coat-only-goes-to-hips situation. I mentioned it to the customer I was working with at the time and nothing would do but she show me her coat.

It was ankle length and had breathable bits in all the right places. I thought it might have been the drizabone label but they don't seem to have a full length coat with a hood so it must have been something similar. There's a place in Dresssmart Tawa that sells the drizabone range.

Anyway, point being, I think it can be done with a full length, proper coat, although you'd still maybe want to keep dry socks at work.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:April 7th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
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While I don't think mental deviance should be treated for a pliable society, I'd quite like to take some oxytocin together ;-)

Given the time I've spent on prozac, one wonders whether my more selfish moments when younger have faded from my current behaviour due to maturity or programming by the drug.

Also, they talk about empathy and other things. They seem to be missing a clear candidate that certainly changed my life for the better!
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From:tatjna
Date:April 7th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
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There is mention of that in the comments. ;-)
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From:oddlet
Date:April 7th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
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I have purchased nice fabrics of all sorts from eBay sellers in Hong Kong. They do super cheap expedited shipping and the fabric prices are pretty fair from what i remember. Haven't bought fabric for a couple of years now, though.

Also, admittedly not very green to purchase from half way round the world, but the selections are great.
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