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loB -The Michigan Daily Weekend Magazine-- Thursday, November 21, 1996

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The Michigar Daily Weekend Mag

Farmer's:
December: Temp. 31° C, precip. 2"
Dec. 1-4 Snow showers
Dec. 5410 Milder, rainy
Dec. 11413 Mild, rainy *
Dec. 14-17 Sunny, cool
Dec. 18-22 Snow, then very cold
Dec. 23-26 Milder, rain / snow
showers
Dec. 27-31 Flurries, cold

Almanac Winter Weather
January: Temp. 21* C, precip. 1"
Jan. 1-4 Flurries, cold t
Jan. 5-7 Sunny, mild
Jan. 8412 Coider, flurries
Jan. 13-21 Very cold, few flurries
Jan. 22-25 Milder, rain to snow
Jan. 26-27 Very cold
Jan. 28-31 Snow

Predictions
February: Temp. 320 C, precip. 2.5"
Feb. 1-5 Cold, flurries
Feb. 6-7 Milder
Feb. 8411 Snow showers t
Feb. 12-14 Milder
Feb. 15-16 Very cold
Feb. 17-20 Snow, then rain
Feb. 21-23 Sunny, mild
Feb. 24-28 Mild, showers

Farmer's Almanac predicts
cold, wet winter ahead

2" About Town
Bivouac peddles trendy winter
fashion, accessories since 1971

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By Greg Parker
Weekend, etc. Editor
"New, useful and entertaining mat-
ter" - this statement, perhaps a caveat,
appears on the title page of the 1997
edition of the "Old Farmer's Almanac."
To 9 million Almanac readers, this
statement may summarize the purpose
of the manual, which has appeared
annually since 1792.
The "Old Farmer's Almanac" con-
tains, yup, youlguessed it, informa-
tion that is useful to farmers. This
includes planting information, house-
hold tips and intricate lunar and solar
calendars, as well as the famous
weather predictions, among other
information.

The weather predictions might be
what the "Old Farmer's Almanac"'s
most famous item. Apparently, the peo-
ple at the "Old Farmer's Almanac" use
the lunar cycle, coupled with levels of
solar activity, to scientifically predict
weather for all regions of the United
States. The Almanac claims to be accu-
rate, and many of its 9 million readers
would probably agree.
So what's the forecast for the Ann
Arbor area? Basically, the Almanac
states that from November to March,
precipitation will be normal, but with
"wild fluctuations" from day to day.
Record cold and record warmth will
occur, and a mid-December snowstorm
will ensure a white Christmas.

By Kristin Long
Daily Arts Writer
Where the fashionable and practical clothing
items of winter combine, Bivouac awaits the will-
ing consumer. Braving the rainy slosh of a
Michigan November, or perhaps the fierce chill of
January, students face a predicament: fleece or
parka? The indecision becomes perhaps a student's

With the inconsistencies in Michigan weather,
the vast selection of everything from coats, hats,
gloves and boots should suffice for any unexpect-
ed climate. LSA junior Melissa Shubalis said,
"You can shop for everything there."
But, for many, the price, could be a problem.
Perhaps the most universal complaint for the wonder-
outlet is the charge for being warm and fashionably
correct. LSA first-year student

greatest nuisance.
When no expense is to be
spared, Bivouac assures the
finest quality of winter cloth-
ing. It features the most popular
names in seasonal apparel: The
North Face, Patagonia, Marmot
and Vasque are available for
those who attempt to avoid the
winter chill. Other major labels

climate. "More and
more people are dri-
ven by function
over fashion," he
said, "but fashion
still plays an impor-
tant role."
Aside from
clothing items,
Bivouac also has the
equipment for the
audacious traveler.
The store carries
everything from
tents to sleeping
bags, and even those
key chains with the

Bivouac
* Where: 336 S. State St.
* Hours: Monday-Wednesday,
10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurday-Friday,
10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30
a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m.
* Phone: 761-6207

Krysia Eustice protested, "I think
it's a cool place, but for the starv-
ing student, it isn't very realistic."
Davidson defended his prices
by insisting that the quality of the
merchandise gives the student
more for their money. "It's a fact
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like Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Polo represent
the most updated trends in the clothing section.
Bivouac's selection changes with every shift in
collegiate fashion. Initially, the store opened as an
army surplus outlet featuring the used-clothing
apparel typical of the '70s. Owner Ed Davidson
said, "As the hair got shorter, and as the clothes got
newer, so did the style of Bivouac."

(name-brand) product we have,
we carry an off-brand that is less expensive."
The high expenses, however, have not pushed
consumers away. The best-seller for the year thus far
has been the fleece vest ($72); a long-run popular
choice has been the Patagonia snap-tee fleece (S85),
adequate for any weather and for the laundry-fear-
ing student. Davidson also mentioned that ear bands
($10) have become a hot commodity in the cooling

steel clasps. One section of the store focuses on the
"extremities," with a plethora of gloves, hats, socks
and boots.
The "extremities" section rests in the store's ini-
tial location. In 1971, Bivouac opened at the cor-
ner of Nickels Arcade and the State Street shop-
ping strip; in 1973 it moved to 336 S. State St.,
three doors from the original starting place. It now
extends from the Arcade to Ashley's, covering four

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SNOW STORY
Continued from Page 38
snow into his mouth.
"Have you ever seen snow like this
before?" Nelson asks.
"No."
"Isn't it wonderful?"
"Mm-hmm."
"I'll help you make a snowman;"
Nelson says. "As soon as we get some
more snow."
He watches the boy play for a few
minutes. The boy, as if he has forgotten
that he has someone watching him,
begins to speak softly to the snow. He
picks it up and looks at it in his gloves,
he touches his tongue to it. He is
singing a song. Something about snow,
but Nelson can't hear all the words.
Nelson is turning around to go back
inside. He is cold, and he doesn't want
to get in the way of the boy's first snow.
He wants him to enjoy it.
"Nelson," Randy asks, "is snow alive?"
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"What's that? Alive?"
"Yes. My teacher says every one of
the snowflakes look different. Just like
people."
"Yes, that's true."
"Are they alive then?" the boy says.
He is still kneeling in the snow but no",
he is looking up at the sky.
"No, no it's not alive," Nelson says.
"I like to talk to the snow anyway,"
Randy says.
Nelson looks at the sky. The snow is
falling now, sticking to branches and
leaves and sticks and sidewalks and
grass. Randy whispers to the snow.
"The snow is fun," Randy says. He
protests a little when his mom comes to
the door to tell him to come in for din-
ner, but he must be cold because he
soon runs up the steps.
His mother stops him. "Stomp the
snow off of your boots Randy, and then

say goodbye to Nelson"
The boy kicks his boots and then says
goodbye. So does Rita. Nelson tells them
to enjoy their supper and goes home. He
turns once toward his neighbor's house,
and sees Randy's father, Fred, helping his
son out of the snowsuit. Most of the win-
dows in the house are lit.
Back to his own house, Nelson takes
his coat off, stomps off his shoes, and
makes coffee, enough for two people,
because he always makes that much. He
turns on the television, just to hear the
voices. He sits down and flips channels.
The local news over. He rests his eyes
for a few minutes, the Red Wings game
playing in the background. He'd like to
fall asleep. His knees ache today with
the new damp weather, and despite the
earlier nap, he still feels tired. He thinks
he could make himself some dinner, he
has some canned beef stew in the

pantry - that is good winter fo
bets his neighbors are eating hor
beef stew tonight, hot beef ste
large, thick slices of white bre
watches the rest of the hockey
and then he gets up, puts his sh
coat back on, and goes outside.
Now, the night is very dark. It
9. Lights in the houses along th
start to go away, slowly, one y
Nelson looks up and down the str
empty white streets and sideway
the air rushes past his ears v
sound of snow falling. The night
if it growing thicker, as if it is
enveloping Nelson, swirling an
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