With about an inch of snow on the ground, it finally feels like winter here in DC. Wearing my new clothes helps this feeling along because wearing new clothes always reminds me of going back to school. In high school and college, I usually came back to school from break with a bunch of new clothes. Of course, now, my new clothes are exactly like my old clothes except one size larger.

I had to scrape ice and snow off the car this morning; warming it up wasn’t enough. It is going to get up into the 40s today so I suspect that most of the snow will have melted by the time I get home.

I thought about writing my future-self a letter today that goes something like this:

Dear Future-Self,

This is your past-self writing to tell you that it is cold right now and there is snow on the ground. I am envious of the weather you are having right now, floating about the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. I am sending this letter six months into the future, so when you read it, please take a moment to reflect on the cold winter and think of how lucky you are to be in the warm summer right now.

Enviously your,


(P.S.: Damn, you really look good. The working out really paid off!)

Maybe if I have some time later on today I will write the letter and put it into the time machine. But I’m pretty busy.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.