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And happy new year to y’all from the sunny South, where it’s currently 74° – – – inside.

Yes, it was 21° here the morning, too. Oh, wait – you said below! 42° differential? Not even registering in my comprehension zone. Actually, we’re in the midst of a heat wave right now thanks to global warming kicking back in – it broke into non-freezing territory as early as noon today. Down in south Georgia they’re looking at some serious ice overnight and tomorrow though – rain falling into surface temperatures well down into the 20°s. That’ll be devastating for them – NO one knows how to drive in that stuff, and too many don’t know not to try it. Plus, their utility lines simply aren’t built for that sort of load. There will be a lot of power out, along with cable TV (and internet). I suspect the Georgia Power trucks from west Georgia are already rolling south and east.

I remember that used to be great fun up north – we’d put on our skates and play hockey up and down the street all day. Since cars couldn’t navigate the ice sheets, we owned the streets in that kind of weather.. But now I join Archie and Edith Bunker as they sing, “Those were the days….”

Be careful! And make sure you’ve got plenty of preps for warmth in your car in case you get stuck somewhere – though I suspect I don’t really need to remind you of that.