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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio


Polar vortex



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January 08, 2014 - With all the talk of "polar vortexes" and almost record breaking snow and ice, I felt the need to check out Roland Emmerich's movie "The Day After Tomorrow." The disaster movie, in which global warming launches an ice age attack on the United States, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year.

It was a big hit, though beat by "Shrek 2" in the box office. I didn't rewatch it, but saw it on television a few years ago and reviewed its plot online.

It's described as lousy science at best, and propaganda at worst, but it sure hit a chord with me this week.

This is the actual "day after tomorrow." See, the biggest part of the storm was on Monday. Tuesday was its tomorrow, and today, Wednesday, is the day after that.

No tidal waves through New York City, super-cold air stalking people through libraries like an Al Gore-approved avenging angel, or badly animated wolves to run from, but I did see sheets of rink quality ice on I-75 as I was trying to drive on it.

That was bad enough. What was worse was the ice road rage that went with it. People want to drive fast and get mad at sensible folks who go slower. Not so much at me, because I camp out in the right lane. But anyone who lingers left of that had better be going at least as fast as the vehicle behind or they get tailgated, even in snow and ice.

No one has particularly good traction in this stuff. I've seen plenty of cars and trucks spin out or almost spin out right in front of me.

And it was also Blue Monday this past week, the most depressing day of the year (so they say). Yes, as I was trundling down the highway as braver/stupider drivers zipped by, I was depressed.

Also, no running until this clears up. I was doing so well with it, too, heading out there twice a week even through December. It was fine with 2-3 inches of snow. Half a foot of snow last week in places was starting to slow me down. Two to three feet on the sidewalks, though, that's about enough to put a temporary hold on things.

This is going to be a long winter.

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