Special Inabilities

I hesitate to say that it happens often, but people do sometimes talk about special abilities or super-powers, even if it’s phrased as a “party trick.” Today I realised that I have what might best be described as a special inability.

I took a quick wander into Wimbledon, the nearest town to where I live. It looked gloomy outside and the weather the previous day had been windy and a little chilly. I decided to wear a jumper and my jacket. It didn’t take me long to realise that I had misjudged the weather and that I was very warm.

This happens to me all the time.

It’s a skill that I’ve never had. I often go out only to find that I dramatically underestimated the weather. This time I dressed for arctic conditions but I can’t count the number of times that I’ve misjudged the situation the other way around.

Does this happen to everyone? In town no-one else seemed to have been caught out. Many were dressed in small jackets or jumpers — but not both — a few were in t-shirts.

How do they know?

One thought on “Special Inabilities”

  1. I fear that your negative super-powers have less to do with your own personal failings, and more to do with the fact that there is a ‘fundamental flaw’ in the set-up of the universe. In a properly organised and regulated weather-system it should be possible to know with a fair degree of accuracy exactly what conditions to expect when you leave the house, these things should not be allowed to remain in the hands of random meteorological forces. The government should do something. The United Nations should insist of ‘liberal intervention’ on our behalf to eliminate this annoying indeterminacy. In the meantime, perhaps a support group could be of assistance…?

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