The climate-controlled skyway system in Minneapolis provides warmth for people moving from building to building as another polar blast brought sub-zero temperatures with wind chills in the minus-40's, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Subzero temperatures, high winds and drifting snow have closed schools and major roadways in Minnesota, with state officials cautioning against unnecessary travel. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.
RN: There are days when I wish I could wave my magic wand and make every skyway in downtown Minneapolis disappear.
CP: Pray tell us why, Glinda.
RN: Their 8 miles of indoor comfort and convenience are a boon during cold-and-flu season. But the second-story city also sucked the life off most sidewalks.
CP: New York, a cold-weather city, somehow has scraped by without them.
RN: It could be worse, I suppose. Downtown Houston is full of office towers, but when it comes to the sidewalk scene, the word desolate applies. Turns out, all the citizenry is escaping the wilting heat and humidity in a 6-mile tunnel system. At least skyways offer some sunlight.
CP: And a bit of navigational assistance. Why just today, on one of our leisurely lunch strolls, we saw several groups of out-of-towners pause in the skyway to get their bearings.
RN: After walking past my fourth Caribou outlet, I get turned around, too.
CP: What I can’t believe is your timing.