It's nice and sunny outside and the temps are supposed to climb into the mid 50s (F). Overnight, temps did drop down to freezing, but those days will soon be coming to an end. Spring is edging closer and closer. I'm fine with that, even if it does mean getting out the lawn mower and trimming the verge.
I do get to work today. Short shift. 1 PM to 7 PM. No lunch, though I'll take a break. I'm glad it's the afternoon. Sometimes Monday mornings are busy; contractors come to pick up supplies for the coming week's jobs. By the time the afternoon rolls around, they've made their purchases. One thing I've noticed in Flooring is that since our remodel, we get less contractors coming in to buy the cheap carpet we carried on rolls. We also don't get the sheet vinyl customers we used to get. This is fine. Nobody in the department likes to cut sheet vinyl.
Yesterday afternoon was terribly slow in the retail department. As I said to one of my fellow associates, I don't really mind those days. I usually spend that down time doing research on the the Flooring computer. In the next book, I was thinking of having my guys wander down through Central Park, possibly stopping by the Delacorte Theater to take in some Shakespeare in the Park, or maybe listening to some music at the Soundstage. So many possibilities.
One thing that plays a part in The Body Under Ice is the ice bridge. The only way to get to Mackinac Island is by ferry. During the winter, when Lake Huron is frozen, people drive snowmobiles across the frozen lake using what they call the ice bridge. On a sunny day it takes about 12 minutes, however on a moonless night it can take much longer. Here's a video I watched about people driving across the ice bridge and taking a tour of the island. It looks very cold.
Here's a funny thing: Newt Gingrich is concerned about some of the legislature the Republican of Florida are proposing under Ronnie D. In particular, he's upset with the bill which would have bloggers register if they were going to talk about the state government, and Ronnie D. Why is this funny? Because Gingerich was the instigator that started the Republican move towards authoritarianism. The Tea Party, remember? He was the one who initiated the "shut up, we're in charge" doctrine, as well as the constant, unswerving attacks on Democracy. Now, he's having an "oh, shit," moment. I suspect Newtie is now realizing that the extremism he was pushing has now grown cancerous. Keep in mind, it was Newtie who had no problem with Trump and his leprotic government. However, now that the chips are falling, his concern is growing apparent. Keep in mind, it was Newtie who joined Trump and his group of insurrectionists on a rainy golf outing last summer so they could freely speak far from microphones. Believe me, Newtie is going to get everything he deserves.