Collier’s Weekly: listen, it’s not that cold in here


PHOTO BY SEAN COLLIER

AI’m writing this, it’s 26 degrees which is pretty cold. If it gets much lower than that, I might be forced to concede it’s freezing cold. But many days recently featured temperatures in the 30s (not particularly cold), 40s (light), and 50s (really nice for this time of year).

There will be days in the next few months that are genuinely cold – not as much as before, but that’s another column – and you’ll be right to complain on those days. But for now: it’s not that cold.

So there is absolutely no time to enter yet. If you use the warm weather as an excuse to stay indoors, you either have a really nice sofa or you’re just a little lazy.

This weekend, I found myself in semi-outdoor environments two nights in a row. Friday night my family went to Fig & Ash (excellent by the way) to celebrate my mother’s birthday. It is a difficult reservation to obtain; we managed to score a table but were told we would have dinner on the terrace. We were, however, assured that heavy-duty exterior heaters were installed.

After a series of questions – “Okay, it’s hot, but is it mom warm “- we agreed. And I can now report that Fig & Ash’s patio is an all-weather setting, an enclosed but open-air seating area with powerful ceiling heaters and a series of fireplaces. If you pick the right one. seat, you will be gentler here than inside.

The next night I drove to the Dependable Drive-In, just because I hadn’t been there in a while (and they were showing the 2009 horror comedy “Zombieland” which is a gem). Unlike other outdoor cinemas in the area, Dependable stays open year round – and, as I found out last year, it’s a fantastic cold weather activity. Your car retains heat quite well, so nothing more than a comforter (which I always keep tucked away in the trunk for occasions like this) is needed, especially if you get hot chocolate and a hot snack at the pit. concession.

These aren’t the only all-season outdoor activities nearby; from shopping to Peoples Gas Holiday Market to swing at Top Golf, it is not yet necessary to retire to your living room. (Or not at all.)

This is particularly relevant this year, as concerns about the pandemic – particularly with the rise of the Omicron variant – increase. I’ve spoken to a few people who are considering giving up dining out again, believing that outdoor seating is no longer a solid option. As Fig & Ash proves, among other things with heated outdoor spaces, this is not necessary; you can eat outside, with good air circulation, all year round.

Most importantly: you can get out. Unless there has been six inches of snow in the past 48 hours, park trails will be clear. The zoo will be open. Shoppers will continue to stroll down Butler Street, disguising themselves before hiding in a store. On at least two more times this season, the Steelers will take to the Heinz Field – and 70,000 people will put on their coats and gloves and join them, as they do every year.

Life goes on, even though it is a bit cold.

Besides, it is not this cold. (And your sofa is not this comfortable.)


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