It’s a well know organizational truism, at least in Human Resources circles, that more layers means slower responsiveness. In other words, more layers of management, the more people have to review and approve something before anything can get done. That’s why small companies are “nimble” and big ones “slow and bureaucratic.”
Tonight, I have proved that the same holds true for layers of clothing worn while biking and one’s responsiveness in answering the cell phone. It is an absolute, nonrefutable fact that it is IMPOSSIBLE to answer a cell phone in the back pocket underneath the wind vest while wearing two pairs of gloves before it rolls to voicemail. Now you know, if you were wondering. Never mind that I sound like a complete imbecil trying to talk with my nose running and lips slightly numb from the cold. But I was out there riding and loving it, so it was well worth all the drama.