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It’s official. New York/New Jersey will host the February 2014 Super Bowl in the new Meadowlands outdoor arena. Yes, it’s the first time a Super Bowl will be hosted in an outdoor stadium in the middle of winter but we New York and New Jersey people are a hardy bunch. Actually, we’re delirious about hosting the Super Bowl. We’ll be there, whether or not our beloved Giants and/or Jets are playing.

 fans   (Image courtesy NY Daily News)

Given the stadium cost a sweet 1.6 billion, I think more than a few of us might want to see where our money went. Yeah, I know it was mostly privately financed but enough of the cost came out of our pockets.  I’m just sayin’.

 global warming It’d be nice to imagine the 2013-29014 season will prove to be unusually temperate, thanks to global warming. Of course as those  very few who understand the concept realize, “global warming” doesn’t mean that each year the winters are necessarily warmer, although the average temperature is rising a few degrees each year. No, global warming simply means that whatever you’ve grown accustomed to in terms of weather, fuggettabout it! 

(image at http://science.howstuffworks.com/global-warming2.htm)

Like I said, we New Yorkers will be there come hell or high water–or several other possible weather scenarios–but for the other folks we might have to let into our stadium, here are some suggestions:

·         Snow: Stay warm with a smart Giants parka

GiantsCoat  

·         Rain: Don’t forget your Jets umbrellaumbrella

  • Ice: Have your ice scraper ready  

 

 ice scraper

  •   Hale:  You’ll feel like a real New York construction Yorker in these smart hats images
  • High winds: smart winter fans use bungee cords to stay in place: available in your team’s colors

 

bungee cords
  •   Tornadoes: this will involve a little setup, so leave yourself plenty of time before the game

 

  tornadoshelter

  •  Hurricanes: bring your own shutters to the game and hang on! (sorry, ours blew away)

 

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  • Earthquakes: these are notoriously hard to predict in advance but if you have Super Bowl tickets, you probably have lots of   connections. Rent a blimp and get a bird’s eye view of the action

 

  • Volcanic  ash: breath easy with a simple face mask; available in Giants blue and Jets green. Also available with oxygen hookup

mask 

  • Locusts:  It’s an off year. You’ll be fine 

 

We hope these tips will help would be travels to the greatest stadium just outside the greatest city in the world in 2014. But know this: no matter what the weather, we’ll be there. You know what I’m talking about. 

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If you had an Oscar, a Nobel Peace Prize, a lucrative career as a public speaker and author, the respect of millions around the globe; if you found yourself in possession of a platform from which you could expound upon the issues that mattered most to you without needing to modify, moderate, triangulate or focus-test your beliefs; if you hobnobbed with world leaders and with movie stars alike, showed up at summits and opening night parties, weighed as much or as little as you liked, wore your hair however you liked and generally felt more free and less dissected than you had in years, would you run for President of the United States? Asked and answered – or is it? Stay tuned.

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I’m up in Vermont, the Green Mountain State – which is certainly living up to its name – thinking about things green. I’ve thumbing though a copy of last Sunday’s magazine section on ecologically appropriate design, getting ideas for my “dream” house. Al Gore is explaining why he believes we humans don’t view global warming with alarm. If you can get through his intricate though at times convoluted thought processes, it boils down to this: we aren’t hard-wired to fear what we can’t see or feel or touch. Nor can we bring ourselves to try and tackle what we perceive as intangible, although I understand if you visit Alaska and see those disappearing glaciers and barren tundra, you get the picture. The front-page article in yesterday’s USA Today warned about “a runaway-train acceleration of industrial carbon dioxide emissions;” this morning we’re focused on who won “Dancing With the Stars” (Apollo). The thing is, we always feel helpless in the face of large-scale problems or disasters, yet there are all sorts of small and medium-sized steps we can take; look at California. Which is why I’m getting my ideas for my “dream” house from a series of articles on eco-design. It’s not much, but it’s a start.

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