Hot Is Better Than Cold: A Small Case Study

I’ve been trying to find wandering classmates as the 60th anniversary of our graduation from high school looms. Not all are enthusiastic about returning to our home town in Michigan for a reunion next August. Nor am I, truth be told.

A sunny, August day in Michigan is barely warm enough for me. I’m far from alone in holding that view, as anyone with a casual knowledge of inter-State migration knows.

Take my graduating class, for example. Of the 79 living graduates whose whereabouts are known, 45 are still in Michigan; 24 are in warmer States (Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas — moi); and 10 (inexplicably) have opted for other States at about the same latitude. In sum: 30 percent have opted for warmer climes; only 13 percent have chosen to leave a cold State for another cold State.

It would be a good thing if the world were warming a tad, as it might be.

5 thoughts on “Hot Is Better Than Cold: A Small Case Study

  1. Someone has to live in the North. Otherwise the South would be too crowded.

    I admit that I sometimes have a nostalgic longing to see, once again, a snow-covered hillside through a window, while basking in the warmth of a fire and sipping a mellow Bourbon. But the longing vanishes when it actually gets cold in Austin.


  2. We get some of that in Austin when there’s a prevailing wind from the Gulf of Mexico in the summer. But it’s not nearly as bad as the swamp-like D.C. area, where I sweltered for 40 summers.


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