Winter in Pennsylvania has always been a foreboding time, but does anyone else agree that the last several years have been especially nasty? Despite what they say about global warming, it’s easy to forget about when you’re in December of January in Allegheny County and the bitter wind cuts right through your shoes and into your toes. Of course global warming is a systemic disruption of the environment’s equilibrium, so obviously it contributes to colder winters as well. But I digress, as that is a topic of debate for another time.
These days it’s like we spend more time cleaning off our cars, rather than actually driving to work and social events. It’s hard to remember what it was like when the city of Pittsburgh was not covered by a bitter permafrost. We often forget that we may even look forward to Fall and Winter’s unique charm once we are deep in the midst of the summer months and our limited memories of the reality of how miserable the cold really is, have all but worn off. Now the pendulum swings the complete opposite way, and we have no worldly recollection of what it ever felt to be actually, you know… warm?