June 17, 1999 at 12:00 am #39810
People do this in Minnesota, too. I don't think it's a machismo thing. People who have lived here all their lives just get used to freezing weather. I didn't grow up here, and I find it amusing that when it hits 20 degrees in March or so, people walk around without jackets. I walk around under a pile of sweaters and long underwear all winter, while my boyfriend, who's lived here all his life, doesn't dress much warmer than what he wears in the spring.