Kickass and tracking snow
Kickass, the doorstop dog, reports that the keeper is the product of a northern community where a “tracking snow” is considered a good thing and has reference mainly to deer hunting; but he has a childhood memory of hearing the adults gossiping about how a tracking snow was the downfall of a township resident who sneaked over to visit his neighbor’s wife as fresh snow was falling.
Being too young at the time to flesh out the details, the keeper remembers only that the neighborhood sympathies tended to be with the cuckolded husband.
The winters were long and cold where the keeper grew up, but that particular one seemed to be warmed up some for the snickering adults by the “tracking snow” incident.
With such trivia cluttering up his memory banks, the keeper notifies Phyllis that he will not be walking out in the snow today.