Have you been suffering from cabin fever? Recent storms had us hunkered down in our homes and it can be hazardous. People who are cooped up get cranky and downright irritable toward each other. An occasional encounter with our fellow friends can be touch-and-go. Don’t rub someone the wrong way. Say the wrong word and you might lose a friend. People are on edge when cramped up and confined like prisoners in their own bodies. Not only do we crave sunshine and fair skies, we need human interaction. The talking heads on TV or radio don’t cut it. That is why come rain, wind and high water I manage to trek over to the local coffee shop for a belt and some companionship. It doesn’t completely solve the problem, but it might make you feel cabin fever phobia isn’t so bad. Topics over java range from local politics to taxes, sports, aches and pains, ethnic jokes and the stock market. We skirt around any spiritual or religious beliefs, thank God. Over the months and years of vigorous debating, there has not been much of a consensus. Those who drink from the right side of their coffee cup still cling to the belief that Bush and Cheney did no wrong. We lefties find solace and hope in the country with the election of President Barack Obama. So much has been spoken and much remains the same. We hope to disagree. It’s what makes us keep coming back. One thing we agree with: We’ve had enough rain!