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“I have fond memories of shoveling snow,” – said no one ever.

My grandma Betty lives in Gouglersville, Penn. and two weeks ago she got 22 inches of snow. That’s right almost two feet of snow.

On my weekly call with Betty, she said they were expecting 16-20 inches. I thought it was an absurd forecast, but what do I know?

When I talked to her last Sunday, she said it was snowing again.

I took no joy in telling her that the sun was shining in Siren, but the wind chill was around 30 below zero.

Over the frigid weekend, I got to have lovely flashbacks to my first winter in Burnett County. It was the week after Christmas, and for four days, it was like negative 25 degrees.

What a fun weekend this last one was. I was able to keep warm by wearing three layers in my home and drinking hot chocolate.

That’s right. When it gets cold, I revert to a child, and I drink hot chocolate (with milk) and watch Toy Story.

And it was the perfect weekend for that.

What a year for Super Bowl commercials?

One of my favorites was the Matthew McConaughey Doritos commercial. He was a flat person and then found the new 3-D Doritos, and then he turned into a three-dimensional man.

I remember the first time Doritos marketed these puffy Doritos. They were fantastic, and I’m not entirely sure why they stopped selling them.

However, I am glad they were able to re-brand a three-dimensional flavored tortilla chip. It will give the kids something to demand their parents buy and put in their lunch.

The original Doritos 3D’s, as they were called, didn’t just come in the classic bag – 3Ds also came in this plastic tube, similar to a Pringles can.

Ahh, those were the days of the potato chip wars.

It was a real thing that ended with Pringles having to say they don’t make potato chips, instead, they make potato crisps.

Chips are made from whole potatoes and crisps, at least in this country, are made from potato flakes, wheat starch and an assortment of flours.

I make the difference known in terminology because what we call chips are all called crisps across the pond in England.

So, if you meet an English person and say crisps, they’re talking about chips, and when they say chips, they’re talking about French fries.

You would think they would be better at this English language than us, but I guess we can chalk this up to American Exceptionalism winning out again.

Anywho, Betty and I also discussed this potato chip vs. crisp thing, and she was with me.

We don’t care what you call them, we just like eating them.

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See ya next week!