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Sales/Shopping tips: Around now till the end of winter there are great sales for winter coats and clothes in the department stores. I just bought an $85 coat at Macy’s that the tickets say was worth $285 more. They may raise the price before clearance but no good winter coat there is under $150 or $200. Macy’s on 34th Street had real warm coats with Thinsulate and Goretex waterproof but bulkier and longer. Most coats were half off because they don’t want to store it for a year and it may be out of style next year. Other tips: Saturday is the most crowded day. Mattress’ they will haggle for 15% or so less by just saying the competition is cheaper or you will have a sale so give it to me for that rate now because I can’t wait. Buy shoes in the afternoon or night when your foot swells up a little. You can stretch a shoe or put an insole in if it is not a perfect fit. A tight coat you’re not sure to buy, try it with a back pack on to see the fit. Paragon Sports has the biggest selection of sporting clothes, ski coats, and equipment but there expensive. In September they have big clearance sale. Cheap work shoes or water proof boots are at a uniform store at Safety Factory at Utica Ave and Kings Highway. The best sneakers and walking shoes are usually Sketchers and New Balance. You can wait for sales for about $40 at Modell’s or Sears which has daily sales not advertised. A lot of woman shoes on Kings Highway in the east teen streets. Best Buy is supposed to have a great Geek Squad if you need something fixed if you buy the extended warranty.
Misc: There have been slashings on the subway lately but NY is still one of the safest big cities and 5 ½ million use the subway.
Trivia: How Accurate Are Punxsutawney Phil’s Groundhog Day Forecasts? 14% accurate, 39% accurate 62%, accurate, 81% accurate. As the legend goes, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on Feb. 2, six more weeks of winter weather lay ahead; no shadow indicates an early spring. Phil, a groundhog, has been forecasting the weather on Groundhog Day for more than 120 years, but just how good is he at his job? According to the StormFax Weather Almanac and records kept since 1887, Punxsutawney Phil’s weather predictions have been correct 39% of the time. The National Climatic Data Center has described the forecasts as “on average, inaccurate” and stated that “the groundhog has shown no talent for predicting the arrival of spring, especially in recent years.”