Off to a great start

This was supposed to be a big week—the return from the year-end break, a triumphal start to 2022, and the start of the countdown to the Jan. 18 release of Gangsters of Capitalism. Climate change had other plans. On Monday, the sky fell on central Virginia, where I live. Officially we were hit with 5.7" inches of snow, but that doesn’t really describe it. The snow was supercharged by extremely unseasonable heat (it was a disturbing 70 degrees with 90% humidity on New Year’s Day), and as it fell it piled up like white concrete on the trees. Trunks bowed, limbs snapped like pencils. Over 340,000 homes and businesses lost power as the temperatures plunged. My family’s house was one of them.

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