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Staff Writer Tim Willert, a Southern California native, was not quite prepared for the stifling summers and freezing winters when he moved to Oklahoma.
by Tim Willert Published: December 22, 2013

Where I come from, you can survive winter with a windbreaker and a pair of flip flops. Sometimes you even wear long pants.

Southern California is like that. In January, the average low temperature is 50 degrees. People surf on Christmas Day. I grew up near the beach in La Jolla, so I know these things.

The days pretty much look the same from one season to the next. I use the word season loosely.

When I moved to Oklahoma a couple of summers ago, I was not prepared for the unrelenting heat that nearly drove my pregnant wife insane. Good times.

I certainly wasn't prepared when winter arrived early this year. Not by a long shot.

It's not like I came here with blinders on. My family hails from this state and I visited frequently before moving here. I even went to OU for a few semesters back in the ... a long time ago.

Yeah, it got cold. And I wasn't prepared then, either.

But usually I was only staying for a couple of days and then it was back to San Diego, or Los Angeles, or wherever I was living at the time.

When that last storm brought subfreezing temperatures and left ice on the ground for several days, I realized just how ill-equipped I was.

I do not own gloves. Or snow boots. Or a down jacket. I do have a scarf but I think my nearly 2-year-old daughter might have thrown it in the trash with some other stuff we sure could use.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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