There are gadgets that gauge the weather from Cedar Park to Central China. You can log onto the Web and get real-time reports from San Saba to San Tropez. So what's so great about being able to pick up the phone and get the same information? Because sometimes we just are tired of typing and clicking, sick of the notion that we spend more time staring at our screens than chatting with our neighbors. Sometimes it's just plain nice to call up 451-2424 and hear the friendly voices of Mary Murray, Ilona Torok, or Micah McCauley tell us what we suspected all along: It's hot, and it's probably going to stay hot. We can't resist calling before predicted cold snaps so we can anticipate the arrival of that norther like a family awaiting a prodigal son.
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