I think most people my age — I’m 36 — find talk of the weather the distressing and inane babble of strangers. Talk of the weather is the kind of talk you have with people in elevators, It is the kind of talk you have with store clerks with whom you don’t want to exchange a single word. Grudgingly, the talk might touch on the weather. For the most part, especially in Seattle, there isn’t any weather to really talk about. Most people work within sealed, environmentally controlled structures. For many years I worked in offices and cubicles without a window. I’ve pretty much always worked with an office computer with a Web connection and one of the first things I usually do is bookmark the University of Washington Web came so that I can see what I think of as the real world.
I like talk of the weather.