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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Random Thoughts on cabin fever

  • Certainly as far as bad weather is concerned Helena-West Helena and Phillips County have had more than their fair share of good luck. It seems as though we have dodged the proverbial bullet almost every time a winter storm has passed anywhere near the area.
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  • Certainly as far as bad weather is concerned Helena-West Helena and Phillips County have had more than their fair share of good luck. It seems as though we have dodged the proverbial bullet almost every time a winter storm has passed anywhere near the area. So, until last Saturday cabin fever had not been a serious problem despite frigid temperatures and light, freezing precipitation. Cabin fever is commonly described as being forced to stay indoors because of bad weather. A day or two in the great indoors isn't so bad. It gives you the opportunity to catch up on some reading, watching old TV shows or even to listen to a few of those favorite CDs. Actually, I consider myself to be more of an indoor fanatic than an outdoor fanatic. However, there is something quite frustrating when you know that you can't go where and when you want to go because the roads and highways are too slick to travel. You can only read so many books and magazines, watch DVDs or listen to CDs before boredom finally takes over. I can remember more than one occasion in which cabin fever became almost unbearable. Southern youngsters wait through a lengthy fall and sometimes more than midway through winter for the first snowfall in which school dismisses for the day and they get the chance to make a snowman and throw snowballs. Cabin fever sets in when a 6-year-old boy misses such an opportunity because of an untimely bout with bronchitis. Big brother saves the day by building a snowman with the help of his friends. Ice storms are no fun either, when the electricity goes out and you wind up trying to sleep in your coat and two pairs of socks. Even moving to another location that has heat but loses its lights in the middle of a pinochle game, doesn't help much. However, you simply must love working for those companies that won't allow “any” time off for cabin fever. “The show must go,” they say, even if you have to travel more than a 100 miles on an icy highway to put out the product. I won't say that I have cabin fever now but why in the world am I sitting here watching “Wipe Out”?
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