Well, I got traction last night. Yup...for myself and for my car. I went out and bought those Falken Ziex ZE-512 tires that were rated so highly...and it cost me a pretty penny, but after seeing how bald my tires were, I realized that my safety is more important than the cost! I also bought myself a pair of boots...warm fur lined ones...for walking to work. $100 boots for $30 bucks.
Yeah, I rock.
Here's a photo of me today. You can kind of get an idea of the subtle (but effective) highlights April put in...and while you can't see that it's 4 inches shorter...it is. I hated to part with some of that length, but now it's healthy and happy.