It's cold, colder than it's been in a while. This morning, every campus is experiencing temps in the teens, or colder, something that hasn't happened since the winter of 2010/11. Back then, Iron Man and The Hulk were the only Avengers to have movies, then-Governor Mitch Daniels was still contemplating a run for president of the nation, and having winter skip a year seemed just a pipe dream. So, not that far back at all, really.
So why do I keep seeing people in shorts, leggings, and mini-skirts on our campuses? I can only assume it's an act of youthful rebellion, displaying indifference to the elements as a proof of strength. But what it really is is short-sighted, foolhardy, and of no actual benefit to anyone.
Working in emergency management for IU for four years now, I've learned a lot about assumptions. So many disruptive incidents have at their heart, a flawed assumption. You have to strike a balance of course, since it is safe to assume the sun will rise tomorrow, and that gravity will still pull downwards. Somewhere in between assuming everything is going to be ok and assuming everything is going to go wrong, that's preparedness.
And that's why I say preparedness is wearing pants.