Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Learning about the old ways

I made mention of a recent experience on RGV Life Podcast #16 that I want to share in writing as well. I had the recent opportunity to walk 5 miles from the north of Mission to Madero, which is a part of Mission on the south side. The trek was around 2pm in full daylight. During the hot season in the Rio Grande Valley, residents suffer through high humidity. It doesn't matter if the day is sunny or overcast, the humidity will have you sweating like a cheese if you exert youself in any way.

So there I was, walking around town and it dawned on me, I could sure use a handkerchief to wipe my brow. I realized why young people do not use handkerchiefs like people of previous generations did. We are accustomed to driving everywhere and often with air conditioning. We no longer have perspiration on our brows to wipe, so we no longer need handkerchiefs. So, the articles used to be a necessity rather than a fashion accessory. People of previous generations walked places because cars were a luxury.

Another realization I came to was the need for bags when you are on foot. It is really inconvenient to walk with your hands full. So, if you're on foot, it is handy to have a bag with you to put stuff you are carrying or that you acquire on your walk. This way you have a free hand to pull out your handkerchief and wipe the sweat off your brow.
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