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Rain, sleet, or snow: Rapid City mail carrier wears shorts


It's no easy walk in the park when it gets as cold as it's been in the Black Hills, but walking is all one Rapid City mail carrier does, and he does it in shorts everyday. 

Stewart Joyce has been a mail carrier for almost 26 years, and from the day he started in sunny Southern California he's worn mid-thigh high shorts.

Obviously Rapid City gets a lot colder in the winter then the city of Tustin in Orange County Calif., so when Joyce first moved to town in 1995 he tried on pants, which would be one of the last times he'd ever wear them on the job.

"Well it's just more comfortable to get around in," said Joyce. "If the weather's raining or something like that your pants get wet even if you're wearing a jacket, this way my legs can dry off. As long as your core's warm I'm good."

Joyce says one exception he has when it comes to covering up he bare legs is when temperatures reach well below freezing.

"If it gets in the negatives you know like when it's negative 10, 15 I might go different," said Joyce. "Pretty much all the time."

Only once did temperatures reach that low in the last week, but every other day they were around zero, and Joyce wore shorts regardless.

When he does decide keep his legs a little warmer it's only for protection from the wind. The one day he couldn't bear it anymore he put on coveralls over his shorts.

Joyce says you have to still use common sense because it doesn't take long for frostbite to set in.

Joyce was born in England and moved to the U.S. in 1968, maybe that's why his skin can bear the cold temperatures, either way the people he delivers mail to don't quite get it.

"I always thought there was something kind of wrong with him," said Vinny Cumella jokingly. "And getting to know him really well I figured out for sure that he is."

Joyce doesn't mind the jokes; He says he get's them from people all the time, especially when he's wearing pants off the clock and someone recognizes him.

"They come up with a funny saying," said Joyce. "Like oh I don't even recognize you in pants and it just sounds kind of funny you know."



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