Mid-Southerners find ways to escape bitterly cold temps

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - While many Mid-Southerners bundled up Monday to fight bitterly cold temperatures, others said they didn't have to worry about keeping warm.

When it's cold outside, Lillie Robinson knows how to work up a sweat.  By heading indoors, Robinson and many others Monday at the French Riviera Spa on Union Avenue in Memphis avoided the freezing temperatures by hitting the treadmill instead of pounding the pavement.

"Usually in winter people are stressed out a lot of times, and with exercise it gives you a new perspective," Robinson said.

"It's always warm here, so you don't have to worry about cranking the heat at home when you're here staying active, and getting the blood flowing makes the cold weather easier to cope with," Mike Larrivee added.

The hot presses and steam kept things toasty just down the street for employees at Nunnery's Dry Cleaning, where it can be 20 to 30 degrees warmer inside, even with minimal heating.

"During the winter it gets warm back here and you're constantly moving many clothes around, so it's like a workout," employee Leslee Inman said. "So you stay warm back here."

If that's not enough to stay cozy, how about working with hot asphalt?  Memphian James Marshall, who owns his own paving company, said no matter how warm or cold it gets, for him, it's business as usual.

"You got to make a living, and it ain't too cold to eat if it ain't too cold to work," Marshall said.

A deep chill has settled in across much of the eastern half of the country, threatening crops, closing schools, and setting records for low temperatures.

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