Good Morning, RVA: No-joke cold

Just put today’s clothes on over yesterday’s, you’ll need the layers.

Photo by: Douglas Brown

Good morning, RVA! It’s 31 °F, and it’s not getting any warmer. Temperatures will drop, and drop, and drop, until they bottom out around 10 °F this time tomorrow! Plus, there’s a wind chill advisory in effect. What’s the point of all this frigid weather but absolutely zero chance of snow?

Water cooler

Former Governor Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in jail yesterday on 11 charges of corruption. Appeals and such are sure to follow. If you’re trying to avoid the media circus surrounding this, today’s a good day to skip the news.

Gun sales in Virginia dropped 15% last year to a number that’s still greater than 400,000. The reason for the drop? In part because there “have been no highly sensationalized public events of firearm violence.” More gun violence means more gun sales, got it.

The Ant-Man trailer exists! Avoid or consume in-line with your policy on such things.


  • Hokies fell to the Seminoles, 75-86.
  • #20 Rams host the newest members of the A-10, Davidson, tonight at 7:00 PM.
  • #3 Wahoos open their ACC home schedule tonight at 7:00 PM with N.C. State.
  • Caps travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs.

This morning’s longread

The Year in Dinner

Making dinner for your family daily is the worst/best thing going.

I take a shower, then feel the cold hands of time wrap around my throat as I briefly morph into my father while trying to wake her up (“Hey. Hey. … Hey. It’s seven-thirty.” “I know.” “I know you know. I’m just saying. It’s seven-thirty. Hey. … Hey. It’s almost eight o’clock. Hey. … Hey”). Eventually, we both go to work. Around 2:30, I send her a message asking what she feels like for dinner. “Dicks,” she responds immediately. Or “butts.” Or, sometimes, “farts.” There are no further replies. I turn to look out the window, inhale deeply, sigh audibly, then open a new tab and start searching for a recipe.

This has become our shorthand for her giving me carte blanche. And I’m glad for it. I love cooking. Some day, I might even be good at it.

This morning’s Instagram

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