Rambles With Biff — The First Writer’s Block of the New Year

Biff Hiking #3

It is only 19 hours into the new year and already I am struggling to think of something to write about.  I hope this is not a harbinger of how things are going to be in 2018.  So I’ll just start off with a ramble because it’s a cheap trick effective method for coming up with a topic to write about.

Weather … ‘Tis Colder in the Mind to Suffer

First I’ll talk about the weather.  Regular readers of this blog will be quite familiar with how much I complain about the oppressive heat here and how we really only have two forms of weather here:  (a) hot and (b) scary.

But once in awhile Mother Nature will toss us a curve ball … that has spikes on it … and explodes.  This time she has tossed us some extreme cold.  Now, I realize that compared to everyone north of us, this is just typical winter weather.  It might even be laughably mild to someone in, say, International Falls, Minnesota.  But to us Dallasites, when the temperature gets down into the teens (~ -8 C), it is like the apocalypse.   It is even worse if it gets down that low and stays there for more than a few hours.  This time she has sent us temps in the teens and 20s and she has left it there for several days.  For your typical Dallasite, it feels like the end times.

It is so bad that I had to dig out a winter coat that I almost donated to the Salvation Army a few months ago because I have not needed it for about 4 or 5 years and thought I never would again.  But I’m wearing it now!   It is getting a good workout, along with gloves, scarves, and a toque.  And if you think the weather is frosty, try wearing a Green Bay Packers toque down here in the heart of Dallas Cowboys territory.  I have been teased mercilessly.  But I don’t care.  I would wear a Pretty Pretty Pony toque in this weather if it was all I had.

To Diet, To Sleep — Perchance to Dream

Now that the holidays are over, I can return to my normal sleeping and eating patterns.

It is a pretty common topic here in Blogville to discuss post-holiday dieting.  Don’t worry.  I’m not about to resolve to go on a diet.  I’m not going to give you my recipe for tofu fritters or grilled breast of hummingbird.

No, I don’t think it counts as a diet if I just go back to eating normal amounts of food.  Over the holidays it was not uncommon to eat three meals a day of about 2,500 calories apiece … and to spend the time between meals gorging on chocolates, cakes, pies, etc.  Is it sad that I am actually looking forward to scaling back to a mere 2,000 calories a day?  My body will thank me.  My clothes will thank me.  I will thank me.

The grocery store, on the other hand, may go into mourning and send me a polite inquiry, asking me if all is well in the Biff household.

Ay, There’s the Nub

So there you have it.  The perfect cure for writer’s block is just to start typing and hope something comes to you.  What dreams may come?  You never know until you start writing and see what your brain is capable of thinking up.


  1. I almost wasn’t able to read further through my tears of laughter when you talked about the weather. I’m from Erie, PA. I’ll allow you to Google at your leisure our snow total from Christmas Day alone, much less our current total for the season. Then you are permitted to laugh with me, of course.

    The diet that’s not a diet . . . ah, now that I can relate to. My theory on losing weight after the holidays is that our bodies sort of go into a type of shock when we suddenly return to drinking enough water and “only” eating the correct amounts of food.

    My boss would love your Packers gear. He moved to Erie from Wisconsin and is one of a handful of Packers fans in a Steelers/Browns city. Glad you saved it all for just this occasion!

    Rambling isn’t so bad once in a while.

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    • It’s no secret that Dallasites (and Texans in general) do not know how to deal with cold weather. The exception to that is the panhandle region which regularly experiences apocalyptic cold during the winter. However, for the rest of us, weather below the 20s nearly shuts down the state. But that’s only because we don’t have the supplies and equipment to deal with it. We usually muddle through, but we don’t like it much.

      As for my Packers gear … I’m not sure why I decided to become a Packers fan. I’ve never been to Green Bay (or even Wisconsin). I did not know any Packers fans before becoming one myself about 8 years ago. I think it is because I am a contrarian and, if everyone around me is a Cowboys fan, then I must be some other kind of fan. Besides, I have a man crush on Aaron Rodgers. I was watching when he first took the field as a Brett Favre’s replacement and went on to electrify everyone watching. When Aaron finally retires I’ll probably stop being a Packers fan.

      In the years I’ve been a Packers fan, I’ve discovered that there are a surprising number of Packers fans down here in Dallas. I always meet lots of them when I wear my Packers gear. We form a loose-knit community here in Texas.

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      • That’s funny about the Packers. My father-in-law was a Packers fan from way back (also never having been to Wisconsin or anywhere near it). He liked them when they were garbage and he still likes them now. I grew up near Pittsburgh and my mother was a die-hard Steelers fan and therefore hated the Cowboys on general principle. I admire your willingness to go against the flow.

        My former pastor moved from Erie to McKinney, TX, and he & his wife keep gloating that they don’t miss our winters at all. Looking at the pictures on Facebook is enough for them, they say. 🙂

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        • It’s easy to be a Packers fan. They are a very likable team. They appreciate their fans and they are loyal to their home town. They are an institution. The Cowboys, on the other hand … well … I’ll just be charitable and say that they have a different philosophy than the Packers.

          I am very familiar with McKinney and have been there often. It used to be a small, quaint little town “way out yonder” … but Dallas has grown so much in the past ten years that it has subsumed McKinney. Therefore, McKinney, for better or worse, is now yet another suburb of Dallas. I still go up there on occasion, though. It is a pleasant little town.

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    • Happy New Year, James! And thank you for the compliment.

      The weather here in Dallas is always a mixed bag. It is unfailingly hot from about May to October. December through February is a grab bag, but bitterly cold spells of from 1 to 7 days are possible. Luckily, we always have a nice warm spell immediately afterwards.

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  2. Ahhhh, I see my method of writing blogs has finally spread out to the general public! Enjoy that cold. Cyranny started this whole mess by sending freezingland cold to me..which I thought I would share with you as you were down further south and couldn’t enjoy it naturally. So happy to share it actually. lemme know when the minus 12 gets to you. I’ve been mightily enjoying it.

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    • Thanks, Suze! It’s so nice knowing who to “thank” for this wonderful freezing weather we’re having! Remind me to return the favor one of these days. Lol! And just for the record, -12 degrees would probably break Dallas so bad that it might never recover.

      Happy New Year!

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  3. Nothing wrong with writing about temperatures in the teens (Fahrenheit) as really chilly. Around here we’re having the sort of weather where the nitrogen liquefies from the atmosphere and turns into a faint yellowish puddle across everything. Really miss the days I was working in Singapore when New Year’s Day would hit a high of 92 and a low of 80.

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    • I don’t envy you your cold, Joseph! We haven’t quite reached the point where nitrogen liquefies, but it is cold enough to squeeze liquid tears from my eyes when I’m out in it too long. We have had our share of 70 degree Christmases here and I have to say that I think I prefer the colder temps for Christmas. It just seems more … Christmassy. It feels like there is at least a possibility of snow, even if there isn’t. I’m not sure I’d enjoy a 92 degree Christmas. The chances of snow seem rather remote at those temperatures. 😀

      Happy new year! I hope your 2018 is awesome.


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