Brrrr, It's Winter; Get Over It
I am reliably informed that it is cold outside. I have no independent confirmation of this but am prepared to accept that it is true. It sounds cold (bitter wind whistling through the eaves, cries of whimpering children headed to the bus stop, etc.). My newspaper (fetched, I'm happy to say, by My Lovely Wife) felt cold, having retained some of the vestigial chill it had adopted from being out in the front yard. My computer says it is cold outside.
So: cold. What a surprise. It's winter in Washington and it's cold. I hear it gets hot and humid in August too. Of course, it's easy for me to heap scorn upon those who think it newsworthy that it's cold; I haven't been outside yet. I'm about to head out there and I may change my tune the second that wind hits exposed skin. In fact, if I find the cold so disagreeable, I may call for extreme measures: a government bailout. Surely a few billion dollars could warm things up.
'Commons' Comments O' the Week
After my Tuesday item on whether people were capitalizing on inaugural fever by renting their houses, leaving town and spending their money on a quick getaway, mfromalexva wrote:
I'm definitely getting out of Dodge and heading for the sunshine, but, no plans for price gauging the rubes...but I wonder...could my utilitarian Cape be marketed as "a lovingly restored (hey the kitchen's pretty new) Martha's Vinyard style home for all seasons. Digital cable TV with lots of stations for change you can believe in"...yeah, thats the ticket.
After my Wednesday musings on the moral arithmetic I go through deciding where to buy gas, firstname.lastname@example.org had this to say:
Do I honestly think that I, alone, will make an impact in the profits of the megacompanies whose policies I find despicable? No, of course not. Unless I singlehandedly bankroll them and suddenly stop, this will not be the case. Might there be an impact if enough other people do the same? Quite possibly, especially if it's publicly known what it is we object to. (And actually, that's not a bad guideline, come to think of it -- "if everyone else did as I do, would things be better or worse?")
On Friday I confessed I hadn't finished (er, started) my Christmas shopping. Coleesma2 chimed in:
Every year I get a little comfort in knowing I'm not the only one doing the frantic, last minute shopping. Thanks for the company John and see you in the malls this weekend -- woo-hoo!!
I didn't get around to it this weekend. How late are stores open on Wednesday?
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