SNOW ON THE ground? Shorts day! “I can put up with the 20 minutes of suffering [on my drive from Fond du Lac to Ripon] ... for the eight hours of comfort,” said Joe Wrzesinske, who stands by his car.      Ian Stepleton photo
SNOW ON THE ground? Shorts day! “I can put up with the 20 minutes of suffering [on my drive from Fond du Lac to Ripon] ... for the eight hours of comfort,” said Joe Wrzesinske, who stands by his car. Ian Stepleton photo

     I’LL ADMIT IT.

     I’m no fan of winter weather. ...

     Which is why I’m all the more impressed by gentlemen such as  a coworker of mine here at Ripon Printers, Joe Wrzesinske.

     He doesn’t just embrace the cold.

     He celebrates it in a way I could never imagine: by wearing shorts all year long.

     I’ll be walking into work, bundled up like Randy from “A Christmas Story,” and there’s Joe, a smile on his face as he strolls across the parking lot with nary a pant leg below the knee.

     Goodness gracious!

     IT STARTED FOR JOE a few years ago to make himself more comfortable, believe it or not.

     “[I’ve been wearing shorts daily for] about five years. When I started here, I wore pants, but it’s so warm in our office I’ll have a fan on and I’ll still be sweating sitting at my desk,” Joe said, noting that not every room here is heated equally. “It’s cold in here, warm in there ...”

     That’s not to say Joe enjoys every shiver as he steps outside come January.

     “It’s not fun,” he admits, “and I park outside [at home]. So when I go out to my car in the morning, it’s zero degrees or whatever, and it’s quite cold until the car gets warmed up ...

     “I can put up with the 20 minutes of suffering [on my drive from Fond du Lac to Ripon] and then the 50 feet of running into the building, for the eight hours of comfort.” ...

     To read the entire column, see the Jan. 25, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.