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Under the weather
July 23, 2021
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by Ivan Raconteur

I find the expression, “under the weather” entertaining, because in many cases, it has nothing at all to do with the weather.

It also amuses me because it has historically also been used to mean intoxicated (which is also generally unrelated to the weather).

While the expression may be entertaining, the situation definitely isn’t.

I was feeling poorly recently, and it completely took me off my game.

One of the symptoms was that I was feeling chilled, and could not seem to get warm, which was disconcerting during one of the hottest weeks of the year.

I was also extremely tired and had difficulty focusing. It seemed everything I did was in slow motion.

For example, I wanted to be sure I didn’t have a fever, so I went to the linen closet, where the thermometer lives. When I arrived, I couldn’t remember why I was there, and ended up staring at the shelves for several minutes waiting for enlightenment.

I ended up working from home for an afternoon, so that I could work under a blanket.

What surprised me the most about this little adventure was that, in the big picture, this was an extremely minor episode, and yet, it took all of my energy to keep functioning in as normal a way possible.

People deal with major debilitating illness every day, and are able to carry on.

It puts things into perspective.

I am thankful that I rarely get sick. It’s not much fun.

There is, however, a silver lining. As a weight loss technique, it can be effective. Being restricted to a diet consisting entirely of ice water can help a guy shed some pounds in a hurry.


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