Given the location of Punxsutawney, Pa., I’m guessing its most famous resident is a Steelers fan, but after walking outside today, I’m a fan of his. I’m sure glad he didn’t see his shadow. I don’t think anyone wants six more weeks of this winter.
FOX 4 in Dallas said last night that this is the coldest the city has seen since 1996. Temperatures overnight were expected to be in the single digits – with wind chills below zero! And I can tell you, it sure was windy yesterday. I think, even though this would not be anything remarkable back home, it feels colder here because I’m not expecting the bitter temperatures. And I didn’t pack a true winter coat, so it’s going to be rough for a few days.
Worse than the cold, though, is the ice. Even though we haven’t seen significant snow since about 7 a.m. yesterday, the roads are still covered with a sheet of ice about an inch thick. Traveling back from Arlington yesterday, Johnnie Gray and I saw lots of cars on the side of the road and a lot stuck on off-ramps that went uphill. It was just too slippery for them to make it. Schools are closed today for the second day in a row. And crews have been out spreading sand or gravel on the roads. Obviously, they don’t keep a lot of salt on hand, but I did see some on the sidewalk outside the hotel this morning, so I know they do have at least a little bit.
As I thought about it, I realized there really wasn’t a whole lot of ice. In Wisconsin, it probably would have been cleared up by early in the afternoon yesterday, but it caused major problems here.
Speaking of major problems, I heard Pete this morning talking about Winter Storm Connor. I also got some e-mails from the Wisconsin DOT talking about highways being shut down. And I saw UW-Madison canceled classes; having gone there, I know it takes a MAJOR storm for the university to do that. So I hope everyone is staying safe in the storm. And know that we feel your pain, although in a little different way. I am not looking forward to brushing the accumulated snow off my car when we get back on Monday.
OK, enough about the weather. Today, I’m following a crew to Dealey Plaza for a little history lesson. Of course, Dealey Plaza is the site of President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. Being a bit of a history buff, I’m looking forward to finally seeing the place I’ve only seen in pictures and on TV. I’m planning on posting a photo gallery later this afternoon.
Also, if you haven’t already, take a look at my story from yesterday about Packers players discussing the pros and cons of Twitter. It’s something a lot of athletes are using to connect directly with fans. Two of the team’s “tweeters”, Desmond Bishop and Tim Masthay, had some interesting things to say about the service. And I could tell from talking to them, they’re well aware of both sides of the issue.
All right, I’m out for now. Stay warm, everyone!