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Fighting the January doldrums

January 24, 2014 - Nick Dutro
My car told me that it was -2 when I left home this morning for my weekly segment at WTSC, reminding me of something I almost always internalize but rarely verbalize in a productive manner -- January is the worst.

Despite it’s position as the month with the most potential, January is typically a bummer. In some ways I can at least give it credit for allowing the rest of the year to supersede, but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel the need to complain about it.

There are a number of reasons January is frustrating. I imagine for people who take the yearly chance for new year resolutions it can be difficult trying to incorporate that new goal into an already-packed life. Luckily, as I have never kept a resolution, I don’t feel the need to try anymore.

Personally, one of the most outward signs of January being a weak month is the poor crop of movies that arrive in theaters at this time of year. Sure, this often is the time of year when award-nominated films will get re-released in small markets that otherwise would not have gotten them, but that also means your options are so many and the times often so draconian, that when you are available to watch any of these said movies or have made the choice as to which to see, you’ve already given up and been forced to re-watch something from your Netflix cue that you were supposed to wait to watch with your girlfriend. The other extreme is that the worst film of literally any other weekend in the year will inevitably be getting the top billing, because in the dead of winter, no one can hear you scream when the only new release is “I, Frankenstein.”

But maybe the worst part of the month is the weather. It seems December has gone from being the start of winter to just another month in fall. And most disappointing is that it often means the hopes for a white Christmas will be dashed for two months of bone chilling, driveway shoveling and car scrapping ahead. January -- Bah, humbug.

January is long, unforgiving month of cabin fever and sour moods. No good movies, no desire to enjoy the outdoors. I guess for some, at least there is the hope of going to the gym for a few weeks to blow off some steam (as long as you’re not worried about getting the flu), but for me it’s the bottom of the barrel. Although on the bright side, I suppose it gives me a chance to clear my DVR -- this time without forgetting to include my fiance.

What I’m listening to: The sounds of the newsroom. Honestly, if you’ve never been to our offices or that of any newsroom, I suggest you do and take in the atmosphere. Eventually it becomes white noise at it’s finest, and sometimes I can’t work without it.

What I’m reading: “Planetary” by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday. It’s a favorite and and I’m enjoying delving back into it’s mythos.


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