The air conditioning is on — in fact, it feels like it’s on HIGH. I’m sitting beside a computer in a temporary office and I’ve tried out the local coffee-maker.
People who know my tea-drinking preferences will find that startling. But wait, there’s more! I didn’t want the coffee a great deal for the taste of it; I even made some decaf, usually known as “Why bother?” for me. But I’m enjoyiug it to warm my hands.
Yes, I’m typing this with cold hands.
My parents hardly knew how I’d pronounce that. When I once told my father that I was so nervous, shortly before making a speech, that my hands were cold, he demanded evidence like the great physics teacher he was. I took his hand in my cold ones.
He looked at me with a twinkle in his eye and asked “Who are you?” I knew he was all right, but maybe he wasn’t so sure about me!
That’s how rare it is for me to have cold hands. It’s gotten me thinking of the expression “That’s so not you,” which of course is the opposite of “That’s so you.” It’s usually part of a description of fashion: Should I wear this? No, it’s so not you. But behaviors or other traits can be “you” too… or not you.
You can even combine the expressions, if “that’s so you” — for example, heavy gloves are so not me, because warm hands are so me.
Air conditioners on HIGH are so not Chicago in September, because hot days are so not Chicago in September.
Uh-oh, here’s another idea for the Expressions category: famous last words.
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