It was 73 degrees here in the Northeast on Christmas Eve. Fifty degrees lower a few days later. No wonder everyone has a cold. As I write this, we are trapped in our houses due to a snowstorm yesterday that turned into rain overnight and then quickly froze as the temperature dropped 10 degrees in as many minutes. Everything is covered in ice, making even walking to my car (which is frozen shut) an impossibility. So it's nice to remember that two months ago, I was with my friend Simon in this beautiful dessert setting, wearing shorts and a T-shirt and feeling totally relaxed.