What do you do when you leave your bed in the morning (except for the visit to a certain place). I go to the window, open the blinds, notice the world is still there (you can never be too sure today) and make a note of the weather. The Swiss do not really note the weather, they register it, they make a record of it.
There are certain things you cannot just leave to chance. Whilst some people, like me, open the window door in the kitchen and venture a few steps into the garden to savour the flavours and temperature of the morning, others have instruments where it can all be seen.
They used to be called barometers, something round behind glass with a dial. You gave them a professional tap and the hands would move to the the right place and show if the weather would get better, or worse, according to the readings on the dial. I never really did understand them, and preferred my own body sensors and looking up at the sky.
However, in this digital age, things have changed. We have two digital signs of the weather inside, there is also another one hanging on the window somewhere but is no longer working as it should. One is in the living room (top picture) and the other in a room on the other side of the appartment (you might have two different weather systems at the front and back of the apparment – better to be sure). As said, I prefer my body sensors, but if you want to do the right thing, you read your digital signs, especially if you are Swiss. At my home in the East End of London in England the only thing we had with a dial was a clock and it rained most of the time in any case.
Glancing at this piece of modern equipment today, I needed some time to see what it was all about. Of course we have the time and if you are lucky there is a nice little picture of a big sun, or a picture of a sun hovering over some clouds. There we have the first discrepancy. These two devices show different pictures. Two temperatures are recorded which makes it even more confusing, but it is easy really. One is for the outside and one for the inside temperature. By experience I assume that the cooler of the temperatures is outside, although perhaps not. It could be one of those days which we might call “heat wave” and the higher temperature would be outside – the confusion is already arriving.
The apparatus in the top picture even shows what will be happening in the next few days, although this is only a prophecy and anything could happen really. I am still not sure what the picture of the little house on the right is. Perhaps it is my home which has a sort of dark shadow on the left (there will be a storm at the front) and smoke billowing from the chimney towards right (it will be windy). However there are people, names will not be mentioned, that live by these signs. You must always know what the weather is doing. To me it looks like a nice day, not to hot, the sun is shining, birds are singing and we have a blue sky so who needs a machine, but some do, they cannot be without them.
This is reality.
And so it looks like a nice morning to go shopping, after cleaning the home of the remains of the week-end. I enjoy it when they let me out now and again. I see things like supermarkets, meet people like sales ladies in the supermarket, and can even spend money on food in the supermarket which I am allowed to cook when I return to my home. Otherwise, nothing on the programme today. I am free, can do what I want, clean what I want and cook what I want. The joys of being a golden oldie, I now have a choice.
Enjoy life wherever you are and if you feel uncertainties about leaving your home, just check the digital barometers first of all, if you understand them – otherwise open the window and look outside, that works as well.