It officially feels like winter in Central Texas, and if you're like me, it was a Herculean task getting out of your warm, lovely bed and venturing out into the deathly cold.

Speaking of death, ever hear of the Kübler-Ross model? It's a theory proposing five stages of grief, all of which I experienced while driving this morning.


1. DENIAL: I don't need to get up early to warm up the car. That TV weather guy couldn't predict his next birthday. How cold could it really be?

Aaron Savage, TSM
Aaron Savage, TSM
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2. ANGER: Why was it blazing hot yesterday, and now I'm suddenly on a rodney in the bitter North Atlantic?! Make up your damned mind, Texas!

Aaron Savage, TSM
Aaron Savage, TSM
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3. BARGAINING: Just heat up, baby. Just give me a little heat and I'll get a mechanic to figure out why that CHECK ENGINE light is on, I promise. I swear. But I can't do that if my fingers freeze off, so help me out.

Aaron Savage, TSM
Aaron Savage, TSM
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4. DEPRESSION: Why not just veer into oncoming traffic and end it? It's better than freezing to death and giving Mother Nature the satisfaction.

Depression - Aaron Savage, TSM
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5. ACCEPTANCE: It's never going to be warm again. This is my life now.

Aaron Savage, TSM
Aaron Savage, TSM
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Godspeed, Central Texas. Godspeed.