April 22, 2009

Unpopular

Look, I know this is a deeply unpopular view, but I need to get it out in the open.

I like humidity.

I prefer it to dryness.

Let me count the ways:
  • My hands do not crack and bleed
  • My face does not feel tight and stiff
  • My hair does not become a static-y crazy halo
  • My lungs do not want to explode when I exercise
I always hear people say things like, "Humidity is like being in the bathtub all the time."

To which I ask, "What's so wrong with that?"

35 comments:

  1. AMEN!I thought I was the only one- I too suffer from static hair and in the humidity- my hair is actually soft- and so is my skin! :)

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  2. You obviously do not sweat then at the drop of a hat. Those people who are cursed with active sweat glands (like myself) find the humidity to be intolerable. Especially when one has to wear multiple layers of clothing. Nuff said.

    "my lungs do not want to explode when I exercise"

    No, instead, you feel like you are being suffocated by a large, fuzzy, wet towel.

    Sorry Janssen, I have to disagree with you on this one. ;)

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  3. Fully in agreement with ya on this one. I love humidity! (Must stem from my growing-up years in the sultry South.)

    I don't even want to think about what I've spent on lotions and moisturizers in my five years "up North."

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  4. I'm with you too! Blaine was looking at a job in Tucson, TUCSON. I want to die.

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  5. I am shocked. SHOCKED. Humidity = yuck. But we can still be friends.

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  6. I grew up in (northern) Nevada too, but I hate humidity. The dry air does dry out my skin, but the moist air = more plants/pollen which sadly dries out my skin as well. Plus, I hate feeling suffocated.

    The hard thing about growing up in a place with zero humidity is that I think places like Utah are humid too.

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  7. Ha! I always thought I was crazy! I much prefer humidity to dryness. That's why I miss Minnesota so badly!

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  8. Having grown up in the midwest and suffered for 22 years in awful, humid summers, all I have to say is...YOU ARE CRAZY! :)

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  9. I pretty much have to just exactly echo Lady Susan on this one. Just ditto her comment for me, k?

    I mean, not that EXTREME dryness is great either, but I'd rather have to use lotion if I get to have non-frizzy hair and not stink. When you're a sweat-er, makeup and humidity are not good friends. To each his own.

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  10. Gee - You mean you don't like to get "zapped" every time you touch metal? LOL

    I've also lived in both climates. I think both have their good points and bad points. Overall, I'll take the dry. I don't like crawling into a bed that feels like the sheets just came out of the washing machine.

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  11. I know! Every once in awhile it feels really muggy here in NY but for the most part I don't mind it. I didn't even realize what a difference it made till I went home to Utah at Christmas and thought I was dying. My skin was cracking all over the place.

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  12. I have things I love about humidity and things I hate, but I was just having a conversation about what humidity does to food as compared to the dry weather. Even though all my crackers go soft over time, at least my marshmellows and brown sugar never go hard like they did in Arizona!

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  13. There is a big difference between the convection oven of Utah and the armpit of Houston, however.

    I like OREGON humidity.

    I understand Lady Susan's comment perfectly--I'm a sweaty girl. Not a wilty girl. Not a glistening girl. A SWEATY girl.

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  14. welcome to the east coast sister.....nice to have you on the dark side.

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  15. Woah - look at all your comments "unpopular"... right... I agree with you as far as the exercise bit goes - I USED to run - all the time - and it is so much better in the humid air. But - my skin/hair turns into a grease pit and I am allergic to mold. I fare much better in dryer climates.

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  16. Mm...I think Austin and Dallas are perfect humidity. If we could actually get a job in Austin, that's where we would live. We could get jobs in DFW, but my parents live there, and there really needs to be at least a four hour drive between us.

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  17. I'm with ya--I live in Dallas and love the humidity. Hate when I travel to visit family in Utah and my skin shrivels up. Although--Houston is TOO humid...sometimes the air is so thick it is difficult to breath (and I'm not talking about smog). I lived 3 years in College Station and couldn't step outside my house during the summer without immediately breaking into a bad sweat. That is the only ick part for me.

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  18. I hate flat hair, so I'm happy in Nevada.

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  19. I 100% COMPLETELY agree with you! I feel like something is off when there is no humidity enveloping me and making me feel even warmer than I already do....

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  20. usually when you post something you think is unpopular, I agree with you, but in this case, no...sorry. I get the frizzies!

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  21. I like dryness because:
    -My skin does not break out every day of every season no matter what time of the month it is.
    -My hair obeys. It stays put for DAYS at a time. Literally. I did my hair today. I will not do it again tomorrow.
    -I do not feel like I'm suffocating when I walk outside in the heat.
    -It actually gets cooler in the shade, in the mornings, and the in the evenings.

    I dread having to live in a humid place again.

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  22. I like humidity, but I don't mind dry. The best part of western SD- very few BUGS.

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  23. Lucky you! My hair is the opposite. Every time I came home from BYU for a break, my hair would frizz up the instant I stepped off the plane in the Dallas airport.

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  24. You clearly don't have curly/wavy/thick hair.

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  25. I actually enjoy the humidity as well. Your not alone on this one.

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  26. Mmmm....
    Hot topic.
    I love my neck of the woods. The only time I am not happy is when we experience the curse of the New England Summer: The Triple H.
    Hot, Hazy and Humid.
    We can count on about two weeks of misery each summer. Other than that, I'll keep whatever. Humidity in and of itself is not bad. Just the combination of humidity plus heat is most unpleasant.
    I like humidity in the bathroom. When it's NOT hhh outside.

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  27. LOL! I've lived in both climates. While there were definite benefits to living in Northern Nevada (the heat never felt that hot, no perspiring, it almost always cooled off dramatically at night), there were also obvious drawbacks (we went through lotion and chapstick like crazy, the static electricity was out of control). What I noticed though, moving back into a humid area, is that humidity makes your skin look younger. That is reason enough for me to appreciate humidity.

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  28. I have to disagree with you. I hate the humidity. It's one of the many reasons, I wanted to move north. Stepping outside and sweating as I walked a few feet to my car was unbearable. I found the air oppressive and hard to breath. I do hate the excessive lotions and chapstick I have to consume now, but at least I can go outside and not sweat to death.

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  29. I'm from Florida and am now in Utah. I'll take FL over UT any day. My dh's family is from TX and they're always telling me, "Oh, this is a dry heat. It's better than being in humidity". No. Heat is heat and I'll take the humid heat any day. Totally agree with you on this one.

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  30. I'm with Miri. I end up with a frizzy, curly halo. Clown hair. It's not attractive.

    I remember my friend realizing once that in Utah you use lotion for moisture, not just to smell good!

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  31. Where I live it's super dry, so when I go into humidity I feel like I'm breathing in water and suffocating! And my hair goes totally flat :( So, I do have to side on the "dry side".
    I wonder if it has to do with what you're used to? Or do you live in a dry place and just so happen to prefer humidity? :)

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  32. After spending four summers in Georgia, I cannot say that I love, or even like, humidity, but after about a week of it I always get used to it. Unfortunately, my honeymoon in Purto Vallarta only was a week, and my hair never did adjust. I have pictures to prove it.

    Good for you for taking a stand.

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  33. I like it except for when it's 100 degrees out with 90% humidity. Then I want to die.

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  34. oh my gosh, I agree so much! I just spent a few days in Virginia and after a 9 month dry spell, I finally felt appropriately hydrated.

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  35. Mmm, if I had to pick one, I'd pick dry over humid. I tend to feel much more uncomfortable when I'm sticky, wet and leaving embarrassing sweat marks.

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