Electric girl and her electric coat

Today is the last day I will be able to enjoy relatively good weather in Seoul before heading home on Thursday.

Today’s weather is 6°C | -2°C, whereas it’s below zero for the rest of the week.

It’s a strange ritual having to check the weather before going out every day so you know how much to wear.


Electric coat


I think I shall give the electric coat a miss today and maybe wear two thinner coats, instead. I wore PVC gloves with fur lining last night when we went out for supper, thinking the gloves will insulate me against electric shocks. I even tied up my hair to minimise static caused by loose hairs flying about.

But I still got zapped pretty major by the door of a taxi. The bolt went right through the gloves and its fur lining.

It’s incredibly irritating.

Kay thinks I’m abnormal because I’m more susceptible to static electricity than anyone else he knows. I get it in Singapore too, but mostly only from car doors. He says he doesn’t know a single person besides me who gets zapped in Singapore.

He thinks I should come up with a way to bottle my electricity and sell it.

My electric coat turns me into a major generator, churning out electricity at an alarming rate, literally nonstop. I don’t know if it will do the same to other people.

I was thinking of giving the coat away to one of the homeless people I see sleeping in subway stations all around Seoul. I feel sad every time I see them, thinking of how they have no proper shelter in such harsh weather.

I mean, on a normal day, being homeless is bad enough. But it must be a lot more terrible to be homeless during winter.


Seoul's homeless


Seoul's homeless


But Kay says giving my coat away is mean because then I’d be causing the recipient of my coat to be zapped instead of me.

I don’t know about that. Can’t be everyone’s a generator like me, right?

What’s your opinion? Tell us about your experiences with static electricity, and do you think I should give my coat away?