Some of us like to deal with winter by looking for small milestones along the way. This year, for example, on Thanksgiving we were grateful for the lack of snow. Then on Christmas we enjoyed the gift of continued snowlessness.
Now we’re already into January, usually the most depressing month because we’ve endured much bad weather and still have weeks of it to go, but we’ve had barely a hint of winter. It can start anytime now and we will still be getting off relatively easy.
Unlike last year, when the “wall of snow” that belted us in November morphed into the arctic blast that froze us well into February.
Much can happen between now and St. Pat’s Day, but those of us who are “glass half full” people can see the beginnings of the light at the end of the tunnel.
Anyone who has ever received a misdialed phone call – and that covers just about everyone – will be able to relate to one of the farthest-out misdialed calls ever. This one came from space and, no, it wasn’t E.T.
Astronaut Timothy Peake was the one trying to phone home. From the International Space Station. The former British Army Air Corps officer is relatively new to the station so he was probably a little unfamiliar with the area code for Earth.
At least he was contrite, posting this Twitter message: “I’d like to apologise to the lady I just called by mistake saying, ‘Hello, is this planet Earth?’ ”
Reports that Jim Webb, who quit the Democratic presidential race on Oct. 20 amid low poll numbers, might be jumping back into the fray add a new wrinkle to an already alarming political season.
Webb, the former Virginia senator, who before he dropped out heavily hinted he might return, has reportedly encouraged the notion through social media. He recently posted a lengthy “condemnation,” as Bloomberg News put it, of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s handling of Libya during her tenure as secretary of state.
He’s even his own social media spinmeister, maintaining his Webb2016 website, recently updated with posts about the “possibilities of an independent run.”
Meanwhile, in no surprise, former New York Gov. George E. Pataki recently bowed out of the Republican campaign. He used a prime-time TV ad that aired in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina to send this message of reason: “While tonight is the end of my journey for the White House as I suspend my campaign for president, I’m confident we can elect the right person, someone who will bring us together.”
From his lips to God’s ears …