Thursday, January 8, 2009

Cabin Fever

The only reason to do it was a case of cabin fever.

I braved the ice yesterday morning. I just had to get out of the house. My destination was one of the local malls-- which was empty.

The roads were in good shape by 10 am. Back roads and side streets were a little slushy, and the mall parking lot left a lot to be desired. The main roads were fine, except for a new batch of pot holes. Interstate 81 North, just north of the Central Scranton Expressway exit should be declared a disaster area.

The thing that struck me as i walked the mall, beside the lack of people, was the amount of people wearing Steelers and Eagles clothing. Santa loves bringing that stuff. If the Steelers and/or Eagles lose, you can bet those sweatshirts, coats, and hats will go in the closet 'til the fall.

This is the time of year I usually pick up an article or two of winter clothing. you can get it cheap after the first of the year, and you know how Pennsylvania winters are-- you can still wear the stuff for six more months.

At the risk of sounding Snedeker-esque, one-fourth of the longest, darkest, coldest month of the year is over. We can have some really bad storms in February and March, but I breathe a sigh of relief once that January calendar page is turned.

Happy birthday, Larry Storch !!! The New York Times says he's 85. The Associated Press reports it as 86. Regardless, make it a good one, Larry.