The title itself sounds like an oxymoron. The words “Cold” and “Windy” do not belong in the same sentence or even the same paragraph as “Florida”. Unless you’re talking about wind from a hurricane, or something! But yes, we got to experience a rarity for this time of year, cold and windy weather. We were quick to process our latest hoodie orders for our staff, as each year we look forward to new cozy Dali clothes to wrap ourselves up in. The morning temps were around 47*, and we all went rummaging through our closets and around our Dali workstations looking for our sweatshirts that we had all shoved away last year with the first signs of the 70s.
They keep saying this year will be colder than most, but with the relocation into our new and improved workspace, we’re totally prepared! In previous years, our productions were split up into two warehouse and studio spaces, and unfortunately, cut production (where our cut vinyl wall decal manufacturing happened!) was almost all warehouse. Yes, we had a heater and AC, but holy crap, it got REALLY cold in that building in the wintertime! The heater would run nonstop, and we’d still be blue. (totally exaggerating, but it was freezing..)
The boys had it better than we did. A little history: the girls always seemed to end up in ‘cut production’ and the boys always seemed to end up migrating over to print production and graphic design. Pshh. Boys have cooties anyway. So, when I say the boys, I mean everyone in the other building. They had commercial grade carpet (whoaaa) and dropped ceilings annnnnd they had TWO AC/heater units, whaaat? Yeah. Boys got to stay toasty while the girls froze their butts off.
NOW, we are all in one consolidated warehouse space! We still have a little warehouse area, but mostly it’s dropped ceilings and proper lighting, and the temperatures are definitely bearable. Every time we have to walk back into the warehouse, we are rudely reminded how cold the old Dali 103 (cut production) used to be! The girls are pretty excited to not have to wear parkas and fingerless gloves to work this year, and while it’s annoying to have the boys so close sometimes (Robert likes to squeak his shoes on the polished concrete, especially after it rains.) It shall remain nice and toasty warm in here!
I’ll post pictures of our new hoodies as soon as they come in! Hoping they’re done this week, woot!