The slow rain last night in southern Missouri was followed by ice and snow flurries today. It was a great day to stay inside and work on unpacking, and I used the time to do yeoman's work. There is still lots to do, but I am beginning to sense that an end to it all is somewhere in the not-too-distant future.
Having just migrated from Arizona, the cold weather doesn't have me too beaten down, but the locals are reacting badly to this winter-without-end. I've heard that the school kids have missed twenty-nine days of school due to the cold weather. This week was spring break, a misnomer if there ever was one, and last week they missed four days due to the snow - and the entire week before that. The days at home just keep piling up like the snow along the roads.
One of the things that I am enjoying here is nighttime radio. Seventies' rocker Alice Cooper has a syndicated classic rock show - Nights with Alice Cooper - that is carried on the local station. Cooper, who is two months older than me, seems to have held up well. He has personal anecdotes about most of the musicians whose songs he plays, and is a very funny guy.
Last night I watched Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" which stars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter - a sensational comedic acting duo. Alice Cooper has a cameo in that movie in which he performs a couple of his songs - one of which is "No More Mister Nice Guy." While he was singing on the grand staircase of the Collins' mansion, Depp (Barnabas Collins) stares across the crowded room and remarks, "That's the ugliest woman I've ever seen."
What a great movie line!