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Pat Shingleton: "A Cover-Up..."

8 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, December 05 2015 Dec 5, 2015 December 05, 2015 4:15 AM December 05, 2015 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

One "School-of-Thought" suggests that a same, consistent application of clothing, year-round, prevents the body from elevated or adjusted temperatures. Most of us are accustomed to adding clothing during the cold weather months and shedding clothing as we get closer to the end of Spring.  Personal examples take be back many years noting our grandfather who resided with us.  Bert Price wore the same clothing day-in and day-out.  His “wardrobe” consisted of cotton long johns with heavy socks, a cotton or flannel shirt with bib overalls and a railroad hat. He kept the sleeves on his long-sleeve shirt in place with elastic garters. The only modification of his attire were heavy pants, that included suspenders. when heading outdoors, his additions included work gloves and once his "dressing" procedures were completed, he loaded a wad of Mail Pouch tobacco into his cheek he was ready-to-go. His high top shoes were occasionally covered with galoshes. This was his uniform when he was a switchman on the railroad and his uniform during his remaining years. During the winter months he would don a coat called a “mackinaw” and except for his “Sunday-Go-To-Meetin’” clothes, this was his outfit for all seasons. Surprisingly, he seldom contracted a cold or flu-like symptoms as I never saw him sweat profusely or shiver. My friend Wilbert "Big-Will" Lewis also wears the same layered clothing all year long. He too is out-in-the elements, year-round, staying comfortable.

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