It’s 15 degrees Fahrenheit (-9 C) tonight in New York City, and it’s supposed to go down to about 9 degrees overnight. When I was a kid, every winter had three or four days like this, or even colder. I simply assumed it was part of life.
It’s been getting colder as the week has gone on: time to accustom one’s self to wearing long johns and dressing in layers. And once you get used to it, it isn’t bad: the cold weather is invigorating.
My work today took me to Long Island via Penn Station. As I got off the subway, the effluvium of the pizza parlors, hot-dog places, and sandwich shops assaulted me: although some of the individual stores have changed over the years, the overall smell of the place has changed little.
It took me back to a simpler time, when one of the biggest stores in the station concourse was the Station Break arcade. I could have gone for a couple of games of pinball if it were still around.
Those were the days….