As I write, the snow is falling again in the Denver area -- and beyond depressing the hell out of me (when did the Mile High City swap climate cycles with Buffalo, New York?), this latest round of flurries is only deepening a personal dilemma that seems unlikely to be resolved anytime soon.
Within the past week or so, my car has gone out of alignment; Westword's conservative critics won't be surprised to discover that it's pulling to the left. Don't know how it happened, but since driving in these parts is currently a lot like exploring the surface of the moon (and I don't own a lunar rover), there are plenty of possible culprits: massive potholes, buried curbs, ruts as deep as the Mariana Trench, etc. Under normal circumstances, I'd simply pay to have this problem repaired. But since the streets remain a hazard that even Consumer Reports could never have dreamed up -- and with more snow on the way -- the odds are good that I'd simply knock the car out of alignment again the next day, the next week, or whatever.
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For now, then, I'm trying to deal with my leftward slant even as I'm praying for a warming trend as freakish as the recent wave of snowstorms has been. With luck, I might be driving straight and true by July. In the meantime, commuters, stay to my right. You'll be safer that way. -- Michael Roberts