Ctein is off this week, due to imminent travels (this was planned, although I don't think either one of us has mentioned it before now.)
Here at chez TOP, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that the new Behmor 1600 arrived and was duly swapped for the old, and I am drinking proper homebrew this morning, which has put me into a fine mood.
On the bad side, I actually dreamed of the arrival of Spring last night. Here in waking-land, the snowplow just passed and it is well below freezing, which has been the case for what seems like weeks on end. It is pure Wisconsin dead-of-Winter weather—in March. Somehow, I don't think it is this month that will "come in like a lion and go out like a lamb" this year—I'm guessing that will be April that does that.
And to think, I never sympathized with snowbirds. Turns out it really is an age thing!
The Mike and Ctein Show will have a change to announce next week at this time.
P.S. And I should add: from my perspective, Off-Topic Week last week worked—I am feeling renewed and reinvigorated for on-topic TOPistry.
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Yvonne: "Yes, it's an age thing. I've never had the snowbird impulse either, but this year I hated Ontario in the winter, and I've dreamed of warmer climes frequently."
Jim Kofron: "And to think, I never sympathized with snowbirds. Turns out it really is an age thing! It must be...and we must be similar ages, because I've had the same thoughts this year! It's been brutal. Not only is it been 'below freezing' since October (maybe a slight exaggeration), but we've had so many nights below 0°F that I've lost count. It's got to be over 30 now—and we've had winters where we haven't had one."
James Hengst: "This comic sums up the winter nicely—The Polar Depress."
[Republished by kind permission of the cartoonist, John Kovalic —Ed.]
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