This is mere speculation and we have no guess as to how long the transformation will last, but we sense that Old Man Winter's relentless pounding this year might be having one positive offshoot: Marylanders seem to be getting hardier.
In the past, when Maryland would experience its one or two winter storms, the panic that preceded the precipitation was palpable. Buy toilet paper. Buy perishables. Abandon ye vehicle. Even if one had not been glued to the radio or tube for the latest update, the sight of barren bread racks at the supermarket betrayed the forecast.
But lo and behold, you can find food at your local grocery these days (windshield washer solvent may be another matter, but the absence of that product doesn't conjure up Armageddon terror like depleted toilet paper stocks.) Maryland motorists, annually criticized for their winter driving ineptitude, even seem to be adapting: During Tuesday's ice storm, rather than relinquish their vehicles along the interstates, they took their time and got home safety but for a couple of bad accidents.