Just heard from a friend. He had a question.
“I have a winter coat question not everyone would understand. But I think you will.
“It is 12 degrees right now. Do I break out my giant Eddie Bauer down coat? It's very warm, certainly, but if I go all the way to that coat, I won't have any reserve left. This coat is my nuclear option (my nuclear winter option?).
“Will I be screwed if I wear it at 12 degrees, and it subsequently drops to zero or 12 below? Is that like a gymnastics judge awarding a perfect 10, only to discover the next Romanian kid bounces even higher?
“This kind of over-thinking is why, nine winters out of 10, I never wear my Eddie Bauer coat even once. That, and the fact it makes me look like an upright sleeping bag, toddling down Riverside.”
It's a good question. I used to be a big believer in always having a heavier coat in reserve…just in case.
Lately, though, I have been willing to haul out the Big Bertha parka early in the season, purely in the name of comfort. That's what I did today.
But what would you tell my friend?
“We moved down here from Fairbanks two years ago and I thought we would never need our car heater plug-ins again,” wrote Thom Foote of Colbert. “People always ask us what the electrical cord hanging out of the grille of our vehicles is for. Now I'm glad we didn't get rid of them.”
Had not thought about those in a while.
My dad used a plug-in when we lived on Michigan's Upper Peninsula for a couple of years. Can't remember if it connected to the dip stick or attached to a heating element elsewhere on the engine block. But everyone had them.
Should the SR make that its style until the recount is completed?
Of course, not.
But in other insanity, someone over on the newspaper's Facebook page dredged up the always delightful “Socialist Review.”
A Spokane classic. Ludicrous and forehead-slappingly unknowing. But a classic nonetheless.
There is an excellent chance that it will not melt.
Though I suppose the heated transfer facility/warehouse could be an issue if those working there overcompensate for frigid outdoor temperatures.
The song alludes to Santa hitting the gas (“Man, just watch her peel”) and also features the chorus “Run run reindeer.”
Did you ever try to reconcile those seemingly contradictory images? Or did you simply allow Mr. Wilson a little creative license?
There is a physical therapist in Spokane who, I am quite certain, hears his name mangled in all sorts of ways.
I'm sure of this because some of the people Madhu works with are elderly and hard of hearing.
But I have to wonder if he had encountered the mispronunciation he heard yesterday afternoon or if he knew the origin.
Slice answers: What do Spokane area couples fight about? The quickest alternatives to Division, said Anne Cline.
A reader named Lynn said she and her husband argue about whether to ski on Saturday or on Sunday.
Another caller said that, in winter, disagreements erupt over who gets to take the four-wheel drive vehicle.
How many stars would you give this?
Say what you will, his brief Richard Burton impression is pretty good.
A press release sent to the Wake-Up Review from National Pet Supply in Atlanta touts a sports drink for dogs now available in Spokeanne.
Wouldn't he have to possess tremendous, gymnast-like core strength to maintain that position?
A reader shares a family story about images brought to mind by Rossini's “Barber of Seville” overture.
Meantime, Tawnia Penick sent this link as her answer.
If you have never been on an STA bus, who do you imagine makes up the majority of the rider population?
A) Felons. B) The poor. C) The mentally ill. D) People with multiple DUI convictions. E) Vegans. F) Unemployed socialists and Lewis & Clark buffs.
G) Exceptionally cute 19-year-old poets. H) Exceptionally tired 55-year-old teachers. I) People with ideas. J) People who think you can simply declare your pet to be a service dog and that makes it official. K) Mutterers. L) Aspiring spokesmodels and others who don't watch the same shows you do.
M) People who don't like to pay for parking. N) People who go to an office, stay there all day and then go straight home. O) Social service volunteers. P) People who resent the wealthy but consistently support politicians whose agendas start with comforting the rich. Q) Atheist unpublished novelists.
R) Those wearing the same pants they wore yesterday. S) People who did not watch the game and would have no idea what you are all worked up about. T) The young and lawnless. U) Hummus eaters. V) Dropouts.
W) Children of the corn. X) Addicts. Y) People like yourself who don't need a car every day. Z) Other.
What would the text say?
The show described here first aired on Dec. 4, 1959.
It was never among my favorites. But just consider how close 1959 was to the end of World War II. It was inevitable that Serling would engage such themes before turning his gaze to the Cold War.
In other TZ news…it's coming…
Feel free to rewrite it.
Suddenly I am worried that I used this exact photo for a similar post a couple of years ago.
Oh, well. We can still re-enjoy the hat Lois is wearing.