Happy Ground Hog Day to all! Apparently the entire central US, from Oklahoma to Maine, is on the wrong end of a massive snowstorm, just as Australia is bracing for a historically huge typhoon and Cairo and its environs are bracing for actual all-out battle. We are all in the middle of an Irving Allen scenario. Here in Chicago, we have been getting blizzed since yesterday afternoon. The Public Safety people just gave a press conference in which they said, essentially, “Stay home. If you absolutely have to go anywhere, call ahead first to make sure somebody is there. If nobody answers, stay home!!” The fact that none of them were calling from home somewhat blunted the effectiveness of this counsel.
Punxsutawney (sp?) Phil apparently violated this very good advice to come out at dawn today and predict an early spring. It can’t come early enough for me right now. Outside, I can hear our super running the snowblower, which he has been doing since roughly 6 AM. I do admire that man.