Not news for anyone who lives north of the Caribbean, but it is really cold today. Was said to be 16F in NYC at 12:22; stiff wind so it certainly feels colder. Went out many layered. Reminds me of my Chicago childhood when we walked miles to school and miles back in sub-zero the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln.

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