posted Jan 28 2015 4:20PM
OK, not really. But it's really bright out. Apparently, and don't quote me on this, snow, being white, is highly reflective. So when the sun is out (such as now), the sunlight bounces off the snow and right in my eyes!! And of course I lost my stupid sunglasses months ago and have not yet managed to find them. Ugh. They're prescription sunglasses, see, because I have bad eyesight. I've worn glasses for most of my life, and so I need prescription sunglasses because regular sunglasses are pretty much useless to me. I mean, yeah they shield my eyes from the sun, but I can't see anything, which doesn't seem like a very good tradeoff. Especially if I'm driving. So I've been forced to do without my shades, and everything was fine right up until it snowed. I do wear hats most (actually all) of the time, which cuts the glare somewhat. But it's still pretty dazzling to go outside during the day. And then when I go indoors my eyes take forever to adjust and I'm walking around blind, or nearly so. I don't want to spring for new sunglasses because I know that if I do I'll find my old ones immediately. So I suppose I could get a different style, then once I find the old ones I could alternate. But then again I really liked the old ones (Ray Ban Wayfarer knockoffs) which is why I got them in the first place. Also I'm cheap. Who wants to pay for something you may end up not needing? So I guess I'm stuck squinting for the time being. Cheers.
posted Jan 26 2015 3:31PM
I'll start by saying this absolutely is not another post in which I complain about the weather. However, it is one in which I complain about people complaining about the weather. And that's totally not the same at all.
So there's snow in the forecast. This is not surprising. It is after all winter, the season in which snow typically occurs. Yet for some reason certain persons I have encountered seem shocked and horrified by the notion, as though we were living in San Diego, Houston, Honolulu or Guadalajara, where snow generally does not fall. We don't. We live in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, where snow is a normal occurance in wintertime. With that in mind, I find it difficult to understand why when snow happens each year, the populace works itself into nearly a full-blown panic. Sure, snow is a pain. It's a pain to shovel, it's a pain to drive in, and it's a pain to walk in. But it happens here. It's a fact of life, just as hurricanes are a fact of life in Florida and earthquakes are a fact of life in California and tornadoes are a fact of life in Indiana. It happens. It's not a big deal. I'm not referring to you, of course. If you're reading this you're obviously a person of good taste and sound judgment. But there's a lot of people out there who totally freak out about the snow, and it just mystifies me. I mean, seriously, you know?
That said, the snow panic I've experienced here in the four state region is nothing compared to what it is in the Baltimore area where I spent many of my formative years. There it really is an outright panic. There are riots at the grocery stores as people stock up on bread, milk and bottled water, just in case that three inches the meteorologist is calling for becomes ten feet and they get snowed in for the entire winter. You know, just in case we end up living out the movie The Day After Tomorrow and that snow shower is actually portending the onset of another ice age. Which is absolutely absurd.
And then we go to the opposite end of the spectrum. You know those people...the ones who, no matter how much snow we get, will always say it's nothing. "This is nothing," they'll say. "When I lived in [insert northern or midwestern locale here] we once got 150 feet and they didn't even postpone school. In fact, anyone who showed up late got detention." This too is clearly absurd. This type of person apparently desires recognition for their moxie and amazing survival skills. Yawn. Again, it's just snow. And if you live somewhere in the north or the midwest, as I said above, it's a fact of life. It happens every year and you deal with it. Or you lock yourself in the house for a few days until it goes away and you don't deal with it. But it still happens.
My point is that if you hate snow you have a lot of company and if you love snow you have a lot of company. Which I suppose you could also say about just about anything. But snow is not amazing, it's not a natural disaster (usually; there are of course exceptions), and it's nothing to panic over. Cheers.
posted Jan 19 2015 6:01PM
It's about that time of year when days begin to get longer and you start thinking winter is almost over. But it's not. Or maybe it's just me. But I'll tell you, this is about the time of year when I've totally had it with the winter. Done with the cold, done with all of it. Of course, spring is still a long way off. Ugh. I long for the time when I'll be able to say, "Stay frosty," and it won't be ironic.
posted Jan 14 2015 5:56PM
Ever get a call that was a wrong number? Ever have the same person call back repeatedly to ask for the same person who isn't you and isn't there and isn't anyone you know? I'm experiencing that now. I keep getting calls from some strange number and the person on the other end keeps asking for a name that's not me. I keep telling them they have the wrong number, they thank me and then the next day it happens all over again. I don't get it.
posted Jan 12 2015 5:52PM
Resolutions are funny things. For some reason we seem to think that changes made at the start of the year carry more weight than at other times. They don't. There's never a bad time to try to better oneself. Cheers
posted Jan 6 2015 4:52PM
I'l spare you my ranting and raving about the snow. We all know that does absolutely no good whatsoever (not that it's ever stopped anyone). In my travels today I encountered a number of motorists spinning their wheels in the slush. Some of them, I'm sure, have new or newish vehicles they're not used to driving in bad weather. That's understandable. But as far as everyone else is concerned, I just don't get it. It's pretty simple: press the accellerator gently. Actually that's a good idea in any weather. But in the snow and slush, and even in the rain, it's crucial. If you're driving a real wheel drive vehicle and you spin your wheels, you might fishtail and get into an accident. If you spin out a front wheel drive car or truck you risk loss of control. So my advice, in any weather but especially in the snow (because it's not over, according to the weather prognosticators) is to take it easy. By starting slowly you have torque which will give you better traction. I say these things because I care. Cheers.