Winter Weary in NYC

What a difference a year makes.

One year ago yesterday,March 22, 2012, it was 78 degrees in New York City. In Chicago, the temps topped 80 and weather experts Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey mused upon the wrongness of it all.

Yesterday, March 22, 2013, we awoke to 29 degrees on the CNN thermometer outside our building and read about threats to lynch groundhog Punxsutawney Phil for cruelly predicting an early spring.

Ya' better lawyer up, Phil! (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Ya’ better lawyer up, Phil! (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Simply said, a snowball’s chance in Hell’s Kitchen has been pretty good this month. And in Lincoln Square, Midtown and all around the town. Ever since we arrived in the city, it has been cold and colder; grey and greyer.

Spring? It snowed a few nights ago.

Spring? It snowed a few nights ago.

A veteran New Yorker turned to me on the street a few days ago and in a tremulous voice declared that this has been the coldest March she can remember. Our president is chilling out in the Middle East, but I’m sure Oprah will have something to say about an incipient Ice Age. Not to target those two specifically, but I do have an issue with “Global Warming” being slyly switched to “Climate Change” in an apparent effort to keep the heat on, so to speak. There are just as many scientists (the CE among them) who ascribe our melting ice caps to weather shifts as old as the earth’s hills as there are who subscribe to Al Gore’s tax-everyone’s-carbon-footprint-but-mine anthropogenic views.

Well, how else is Al to get to his massage appointments?(image from renaissanceronin.wordpress.com)

Well, how else is Al to get to his massage appointments?(image from renaissanceronin.wordpress.com)

See how cranky I am about the weather? Here I am getting political, which I generally try to avoid on the blog, but I am in a frigid funk after a week and a half of icy temps and willing to lash out at just about anyone. And yes, I’m well aware that I haven’t suffered like REAL New Yorkers who don’t routinely decamp to southern California like I do.

The CE brought this snowball home as a "gift" the other night after it snowed.

The CE brought this snowball home as a “gift” the other night after it snowed.

Okay, okay, it hasn’t been all bad. In the midst of Apple Slush, when it simultaneously rained and snowed in the city last weekend, we walked a hundred yards over to the Time-Warner Center for our first experience at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Saw the Billy Hart Quartet at Dizzy’s Club and were duly impressed, especially by saxophonist Mark Turner.

Billy Hart and Mark Turner off to the left

Billy Hart and Mark Turner off to the left

We’ve also had some family fun, visiting with our boys and with Angie and family.

Curly, Moe and Larry? Taylor mugs with Thomas and Jamesy

Curly, Moe and Larry? Taylor mugs with Thomas and Jamesy

Grandpa and Jamesy on the playground slide at Bronxville on a rare sunny day.

Grandpa and Jamesy on the playground slide at Bronxville on a rare sunny day.

Brothers

Brothers

Brothers and Dad

Brothers and Dad

Angie and Dad

Angie and Dad

Thomas doing his homework. We hear he got a glowing report at his parent-teacher conference this week.

Thomas doing his homework. We hear he got a glowing report at his parent-teacher conference this week.

Taylor and Christine joined us last night to see "Once" on Broadway.

Taylor and Christine joined us last night to see “Once” on Broadway.

Indoor workout for Taylor

Indoor workout for Taylor

The local celebs are out and about despite the weather. We saw Kathleen Turner at Cafe Luxembourg last weekend – we recognized her by her voice before we even saw her. She was chatting with the couple sitting next to us and they shared that despite her ongoing struggle with rheumatoid arthritis, she gives generously of her time to local charities.

Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner

A few days later we saw Rudy Giuliani coming out of the NBC studios at Rockefeller Center, looking just as chipper as he did as mayor.

Looking good, Rudy. (image from electionsmeter.com)

Looking good, Rudy. (image from electionsmeter.com)

I also saw bundled-up Bones cast member Carla Gallo strolling down Central Park South the other day.

Carla Gallo plays Daisy Wick on Bones (IMDB image)

Carla Gallo plays Daisy Wick on Bones (IMDB image)

I know a few of you look forward to food porn installments from our city visits. Best meal we’ve had so far was lunch yesterday at Cafe Boulud where they served up the most inventive coq au vin I’ve ever seen. Crisp vegetables, potato puree, lardons, port wine reduction and a puff pastry spear:

The coq au vin almost looks like a dessert at Cafe Boulud

The coq au vin almost looks like a dessert at Cafe Boulud

Hope springs eternal for spring and while the temps are still in the 30’s today, the sun has come out. The CE is off for a Met day at the museum with grandson Thomas, and Angie and I will lunch at Bergdorf. Weather or not, we always manage to have fun in the city.

Brrrrrrds: pigeons huddle in the bare branches on Central Park South (polloplayer photo)

Brrrrrrds: pigeons huddle in the bare branches on Central Park South (polloplayer photo)

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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3 Responses to Winter Weary in NYC

  1. Phyllis says:

    March is a terrifying ,month in cold climates as you should remember.Any survey from locals would say, I am sure, most hated month. But we here holding forth in SB watch in horror the snow ball in the dish, a love offering from a former cold climate Guy. Pearls, diamonds, chocolate what is wrong with him???

  2. dizzyguy says:

    Another great experience in the city, in spite of the, ahem, questionable weather. I did enjoy the snow the other night as it was of perfect consistency for making snowballs, as you can see from the example in the white bowl. Other than frozen hips as one walks the city, pretty much all of the NYC attractions are open for business: restaurants still serve the best food in the U.S., museums still allow you to see their dead and old things, Broadway shows continue to charm, Lincoln Center still offers dance/opera/theater most nights, etc. So even though we have both tried whining as a countermeasure against low temperatures (with no noticeable effect), it is still easy to pronounce the NYC experience as being second to none, regardless of season.

  3. pollo amigo says:

    Sounds like another great trip to the world’s greatest city. Didn’t know T had grown a beard.

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