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It might be better to freeze

Yesterday we were practically taking bets to see who might be in the office today. It has been a particularly bad winter for getting around central Wisconsin.

We’ve had a great deal of snow that is now piled up everywhere to levels far higher than we are used to.

When I was hired by Krause Publications, I was interviewed on March 1, 1978.

Except for some small patches under trees, there was no snow on the ground that day.

That was how a typical winter used to come to an end around here. We would have thaws in February that would get us all het up about spring and then a March storm would arrive to snatch it all back.

This year it appears we aren’t even going to be teased with hints of spring. We just get hit with one snow storm after another.

Naturally our mental state is affected.

We call it cabin fever. After being cooped up for months on end, we are losing our patience about all sorts of little things.

When you have cabin fever, it is not a frame of mind in which you want to make any major life decisions.

You might be more likely to snap out of frustration and make a bad choice than to make a good choice.

Freezing things as they are might seem lazy, but doing so will probably look better with the hindsight that spring will bring.

The same might be said about making decisions when bullion has dropped and prices seem to be out of control. You have to consider that you might just not be in the right frame of mind to make an appropriate choice in this kind of environment.

I am sure you are tired of snow analogies. I have used two this week.

But then I am simply tired of snow.

Buzz blogger Dave Harper is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."