We are definitely products of our environment.

When we were in California recently, the day-time temperatures stayed between 70 and 80. At night, it dipped down to the 50 to 60 range.

It was great.

Then we came back to Nebraska, and I wondered why.

It was shorts and T-shirts during the day, and a long-sleeved shirt or jacket at night in California.

That attire did not apply to some of the West Coast natives.

I saw few people, not many, wearing heavy coats walking around Disneyland.

A lot of people wore long pants, coats and sweatshirts. One person wore gloves at night.

I'm sure we would have found bodies lying in the middle of the street if those Californians were forced to spend last week in the Midwest.

It is easier to get used to warm weather than the cold, so it didn't take us long to get used to the weather.

We spent our last day walking on the pier and near New Port Municipal Beach. People were surfing, running along the beach and enjoying the weather.

By that evening, we were freezing back in Nebraska.

That still amazes me, that a few hours on a plane can take you from one environment to another; from warm to cold.

I curse my ancestors for not heading west. They could have panned for gold instead of growing potatoes.

Imagine opening the newspaper every day and my biggest worry would be someone bringing sand into the store instead of snow.

I wouldn't want to live in a big city. I would have to find a suburb, close to work and all the amenities I would need.

The first time we went to California, my brother picked us up at the airport, which was about 40 miles from the hotel. More than two hours later, we were checking in.

I don't know how people enjoy commuting to work. You'd have to get up early to make it to work on time and then get home, go to bed a few hours later and start it all over again the next day.

Who has time to enjoy the weather?

There's good and bad no matter where you live.

We all adapt to our environment.

Growing up, I never thought about living anywhere other than the Midwest.

When I was a kid, I just accepted there were four seasons. You sweated, raked leaves, shoveled snow and then cooled off.

As much as I am getting to hate the cold, I know there are parts of the country that get colder, wetter winters than us, and that is what those people live with and accept.

Californians, like my brother, are used to warm weather year-round. He wore a jacket because 50 to 60 degree weather is colder to him than the 80 to 90 degree weather they live with most of the year.

The warm weather is a memory now. We're back home looking forward to spring.

Soon it will be summer again, and there will be heat and humidity to complain about.

Patrick Murphy, of Humphrey, Neb., is a former assistant managing editor of The Telegram.